There’s a local comedy writers group that I haven’t gone to in over a year. I stopped going mostly because it’s about an hour away from where I’m living and it starts at a time that would keep me from doing anything else that evening. Those aren’t good reasons, I know, but I convinced myself that I was better off writing my own material.
I changed my mind after this past Sunday.
I have gotten halfway decent at writing my own jokes, but while I could get better, that has nothing to do with it. This past Sunday I got invited to an art festival called Artomatic that was being held in Hyattsville, MD.
Sunday night was comedy night, and the girl who invited me figured that since I’m a comic, I’d enjoy watching the other comics. I did. But I also left there wishing I had performed as well.
I’ve gotten to a point where I enjoy myself on stage: I have material that I know works and I’m comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. So far all of my performances have been at open mics. (Some call themselves “shows,” but that’s a subject for another post.) Like any comic, I’d like to do some paid gigs. Performing at festivals would be good stepping stone to achieve that end, right? I think so.
Anyway, While I was watching the comics, I noticed someone toward the front of the crowd; it was a guy who helps run the comedy writers group. I realized that if I had been going regularly, I’d have known about this event. And I figure that if I start going I will learn about other events I can perform at.
The possibility of getting paid perform sometime in the future seems like a huge upside for my comedy career. The downside? The downside is that I won’t be able to do anything else Monday night. So basically all I have to do is plan ahead so there isn’t anything else that I have to do Monday nights. Seems like a no-brainer to me.