I ripped the band-aid!
  1. I got there 10 minutes early and already saw a few other comedians smoking outside. Immediate intimidation.
  2. I waited for @patrickrogers to come before I would even go inside the cafe. Big shoutout to him for being just the best friend and sitting with me and being supportive while I tried to not vomit.
  3. We realize that the place I've chosen to do this doesn't serve alcohol. We sign my name up and go straight to the nearest bar to slam a beer before the show starts.
  4. Get back to the cafe. I'm one of two girls signed up. She was cool and had a Mohawk. Once again, immediate intimidation but I was happy there was another girl.
    If I had a dollar for the number of times I've heard a man genuinely say "women aren't funny"...
  5. We have to sit through 12 other comedians. Some were funny. Most were not. A LOT of dudes complaining about ex-girlfriends. Patrick and my other friend, Ryan, were the only two people there who weren't participating in the open mic.
  6. Even though most weren't funny, I had mad respect for everyone there. I realized this is probably the most vulnerable position I've ever put myself in.
  7. By the time it's my turn (13th), almost everyone has left, including cool girl. What's left is about 8 black guys ages 25-40. I realize my joke about Erin Brockovich may not be the laugh riot I thought it would be.
  8. I do my 5 minutes. My story about a little girl commenting on my height does really well. I make only 2 jokes about being a little person and I can tell people were hesitant to laugh at first.
    My joke about racists at the DMV does better than I thought it would.
  9. We sit through the rest of the comedians and end up chatting with a few of the guys afterwards. Everyone was crazy nice and supportive and said they didn't believe it was my first time. It was really sweet and I was genuinely touched that people were so cool.
  10. 9/10 am going to do it again.