BABY'S FIRST STAND UP EXPERIENCE
I ripped the band-aid!
- •I got there 10 minutes early and already saw a few other comedians smoking outside. Immediate intimidation.
- •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.
- •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.
- •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"...
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •9/10 am going to do it again.