I obsessed over the late night format, even as a kid. My parents let me stay up to watch the Tonight Show monologue and I imagined hosting a show one day, secretly interviewing fake guests in my bedroom. When I found
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There are two types of "bombing": 1. Where the audience doesn't laugh at you, but they withheld laughter for comedians before or after you as well. 2. Where they laughed at the other comedians, but not you. With the former, it really is just the audience. People coming out for the first time, attending their first stand up shows ever or even the social distancing which makes laughs smaller all contribute to the former. It's not really bombing, if they have not laughed all night. As for the latter, it had been a while since I had bombed, so I was overdue. Being 10 years in, I usually can find a way back to laughs with enough time. But on one show recently, I couldn't. It was one of those nights where they just didn't like me for the first five minutes. I tried the "hits" and then I went into some crowd work and addressed it, then tepid laughs arrived. Then a couple big laughs and I thought I was clear. But nope, back to bombing for the last 5 minutes. As comedians, we need bombs to not only keep us humble but to grow as comedians. I watched my set after (I recorded) and it wasn't as bad as I thought. Hope to avoid the bombs this weekend in Detroit where I headline on Thursday! #laughs #standupcomedy #careerchange
The Return of Normalcy
The month of May marked the completion of 43 shows for me. That is officially the amount of shows that I averaged monthly, pre-pandemic. Of course the pause has changed the shows and my approach to comedy, for better and worse.
Worse: many of the shows were smaller due to social distancing, which can be seen as a negative.
Better: I have changed how often I take chances on shows with new material or risks that I would never take before for fear of failure.
More importantly, for 2021 I have decided to give back to charities as well. In April and May, I raised $1,000 from my shirt sales for Autism Speaks. I will continue my charity donations for the month of June for Parkinson's Foundation. Fifty percent of all my "Better Call Paul" shirts will go to this organization as this is a cause very personal to me. Message me if you want one!
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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