AM I A HEADLINER?
I was texting with a veteran comedian who I worked with years ago who told me, unsolicited, I was not a headliner yet. At first, I thought he was kidding so I self-deprecated by saying that I only headlined smaller rooms on weekends and "A" rooms on the weekdays. He continued to bash me and even some of the clubs I recently headlined (and Sold Out).
Then I realized that he had not seen me do a show in six years. I reminded him that I am not the comedian I was 6 years ago and he continued to attack me as well as the comedy clubs that I headlined in the past. It was a bizarre situation. I wasn't sure where this was coming from but I know this comedian had his demons and thought perhaps he was in a dark place. I tried to not take it personally and just wished him well.
Unfortunately, some of the things he said creeped into my head as I was headlining my first weekend in Denver at the amazing Denver Comedy Lounge run by the hilarious and kind Ben Kronberg. Imposter syndrome almost took over on my first of 5 SOLD OUT shows as I saw an established comedian I watched on late night watch me perform (Ben). But I persevered and had some solid shows and had the support of fans and friends who got babysitters and came to see me perform. I was even asked to come back to the club (maybe September, Denver friends) and I head to Milwaukee this weekend to headline (for the third time) The Laughing Tap, one of my favorite comedy clubs in the country! Maybe I am a headliner. I can't wait to perform this weekend and hopefully keep the sell outs coming! #standup #formerlawyer #careerchange #impostersyndrome
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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