Published on December 13th, 2011 | by Tommy Sunshine1
Been a week since I’ve posted, partly because I’m too busy, partly because I had a rough night, and mostly because I’m a lazy bitch! But even with a lack of updates, believe you me people… I been gettin out there! Same ‘ol same ‘ol for the most part but for my first time I spent 10 minutes on the mic and amazingly, I didn’t receive the love, cheers, and affection I had expected showered down upon me when I was through.
So on Tuesday night, 12/6/11, I spent some time onstage at the Varsity Club in Quincy for their monthly open mic. Love the club, DJ Dan is really good about throwing in some crazy videos or tracks when you’re comin up to the stage or make a dated Madonna reference. Adds a little spice to the show and makes an open mic feel like something a little more special. Tonight for myself went fairly good, did my bit about Creative Drinking, Marines, Yellow Footprints, Cats, and Strip Clubs… Another great part of the evening was watching some great riffing by Erik Levi on the ups and downs of comedy. Good stuff and a great time! My partners in crime Todd and Pat were there as well and both had good sets, rounding it out was Ethan Marsh, and the lovely Sarah Martin.
Wednesday night was at the Tavern and it went ok I recken, did pretty much the same set as the night before but forgot to include the cat joke… Friends and good times abound here. Always a good time. Scotty is a stand up guy who runs a great room and always brings something new to the show. This week it was Comedy Trivia.
Thursday night was at the Shanty Rose in Plymouth, MA. This is a very nice little bar on the waterfront. The owner is super cool and very much into comedy! Its a small room which filled up with around 25 people including us 4 comics. It was the first time I’d ever attempted to do a ten minute set which I completed fairly well, but I had a very rough time in dealing with this crowd. I’m not complaining, more like whining about my own inadequacies. The audience pretty much knew one another and the moment I let up and sidetracked, they’d start bullshitting with their friends. It was somewhat loud and my mic didn’t work. Normally this is something I don’t have a problem with being such a loud mouth but for some reason I was rocked.
I found myself trying to listen in on one lady’s conversation in which she was telling someone that she just didn’t think I was funny LOL. Wow! Or at least thats what I told myself she was saying. I did manage to pull some laughs and bring them back around on occasion… But I ain’t gunna lie, I was left questioning my ability to do this thing I love so much.
Afterwards, the more I thought about it, the more I began to recognize and realize some reasons I lost my crowd control. Extended jokes and rambling about non essential bullshit being the primary ones. I think I did not sell them on myself enough either. I’d love another crack at it, but the nice thing about stand up is, once its done, its done. I can forget about the pain and focus in on the mistakes and how to correct them. The positives though is that I did do my time, I hit 10 min on the mark, I didn’t stop just kept forging ahead and did have some laughs through my set here and there. Just feel bad I let my fellow comics down with not showing up and getting the crowd primed as I’d liked.
Last night at Sally O’s I just did the 2 minute set which translates into 1 joke for Tommy Sunshine and tried out my new Christmas Cheer joke I’d just written this weekend. It didn’t really go over as well as I’d hoped for, but it was the first time out with it. When I put the jokes up here at the hideout, they never stay the same throughout my process of trying to get the joke right for performance. I typically put up the first incarnation of my jokes up here. Granted its a dark joke, and perhaps even a bit racist, but hell, I think its funny!
Anyways people, thats ’bout it for the week, glad ya stopped by to suffer through my journeys with me… Keep on comin by, I’m gunna keep on tryin to make some laughs! 59-62 if yer keeping track!