I had my worst sober onstage performance ever last night at Laffs on the Harbor. The event was really nice, and I would definitely recommend the show to anyone. Great music, great comedy…and then, there was my storytelling. Leading up to the show, I wasn’t sure if they wanted me to do stand-up or storytelling, so I worked on a little of both. However, the fact that I did not ask which one they wanted from me, lets you know that I did not take my preparation seriously enough. That became painfully evident after about a minute or two onstage.
It turns out that I was listed as a storyteller, and things started out halfway decent onstage. People laughed at first. Then, less people laughed. Next, the laughter became an assorted chuckle or two. The more I talked, the more the silence became deafening. I’m pretty sure I saw tumbleweeds. I just cut the story short and pretty much threw in the towel. In my mind, I was like “Damn…so THIS is what it’s like to ’die’ onstage! I kinda wish someone WOULD heckle me right now, so I can deflect the attention off me and make fun of their personal flaws. But no such luck, it’s just silence…Are those crickets I hear? Or is that just the sound of someone chewing their food? What the f*ck?! Let me wrap it up and ease on out the door…”
Red Grant, who hosted the event, came onstage directly afterward & had jokes. I don’t blame him since I lost the audience & never got ‘em back, but once again, I was thinking to myself “Main man is goin, on IN me right now. He ain’t got no kinda light skin nigga solidarity! Looking like a stocky stick of butter…but shit, my stage time went NOWHERE, so I kinda expected this. At least he’s funny. He probably felt the need to save the show after my story.”
Y’all already know I don’t embarrass easily, so it wasn’t a big thing. I shook Red’s hand and told him I would have done the same thing to him had he stank up the spot before me. I could say “it wasn’t a storytelling crowd like Speakeasy” or “I would have probably kicked ass at stand-up instead”, but that would just be me making excuses. I know that I need to spend more of my time preparing, and take this shit more seriously than I do. Therefore, from now on, I am posting 2 videos a week along with the blog entries, starting tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll get back on the Laffs on the Harbor stage again this summer to make up for this past show. Either way, I’ll be ready next time I’m in a situation where I need to switch gears mid-performance.Tweet