Tonight was my final stand up comedy class, and I’m a little more sad than I’d expected. For a while there, I was pretty bummed that this class wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be- an exercise based class that taught me how to think differently and realize the humor in things. Instead, it was a class much more focused on “you think you can write funny stand up? Try it out here.” People were coming to class with years worth of jokes to try out. And then there’s me, who’s never written a joke in my life. I found myself with little spare time to spend writing material, and that left me extremely insecure of my low quality work. Each week I was performing only mediocre work that wasn’t getting the kind of laughs I had hoped for. But this past weekend I spent six hours pulling together the bits and pieces of mediocre jokes, and tweaking some of them a bit to up the laugh factor; and I actually had a ball in class tonight. I was confident in my work, most of my jokes were memorized, and I was able to focus on my presentation. People laughed. And they laughed at the same jokes they’ve been hearing for 6 weeks, so I’m pretty sure I’ll at least get a small chuckle out of a brand new audience! At least, I hope s0. I realized that I finally had fun and gained confidence when I stopped judging and doubting myself so harshly. It was new to me, and it took some getting used to, but now it’s a riot. I only decided about 8 months ago to look into comedy classes, but I never had the money until now. I’m very glad that I did it at the first opportunity I had, because it’s something that, after this performance, I can look back on as an accomplishment. Based on how this performance goes, I definitely think I’ll be exploring more comedic outlets.
My final show is in two weeks, and don’t worry— I’ll be posting the invite right here for all of my lovely followers. I’m just waiting to hear back on some details before I start spreading the word. And for those of you who can’t make it, don’t worry. You’ll get a link to the video soon enough!