When people ask me "How's it going," I usually respond "We'll see!" especially if I am about to perform. I say it in jest, but in reality, so much of my mood often revolves around how well my last set went. I don't think I am alone in allowing a show to make or break my mood, at least for a few hours.
This past week demonstrates the ups and downs of comedy best. Saturday night, I performed for two sold out shows. One was for a friend's show that I was invited to last minute and the second one, was me headlining a favorite club of mine in Florida, Coconuts in St. Petersburg. The shows went very well and I was able to work on my new hour of material I hope to record in in 2023. Even if things don't go amazingly well, performing for large crowds always feels great, especially as a headliner.
Then came Sunday. I had promoted a show as part of my "Paul Farahvar & Friends" campaign in Florida. The last one was a huge success in Naples Florida, so I was hoping for the same. No dice. We had less than 10 tickets sold just 7 hours before showtime. I decided to cancel the show. My rule is there can't be more comedians on the show than audience members. While we may have had some walk ups, we also may have has people who bought tickets not show up. I wasn't going to take any chances, especially on a holiday weekend. I was really looking forward to the show but I made the executive decision to cancel. The venue was kind as were the comedians who were on the show, who supported the decision. Now I can't wait to get on stage again! #comedy #24hours #careerchange #formerlawyer
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
Paul Farahvar Comedy