I recently had a few shows where most of the crowd was my personal friends and fans. Its a different energy when you have friends and fans in a crowd, that's for certain. I am by no means a known headliner and most of the shows I do on the road, I am either opening for a national headliner or headlining a show where most of the audience does not know me.
Which is why doing shows for a mostly friendly crowd felt like home field advantage. Almost too much laughter. The positive is that the energy for these shows was electric. So much laughter and applause breaks. The negative is that it felt like cheating. I mean, how much of the laughs were earned and how much was just friends and fans supporting me? I talked to a fellow comedian who felt the same way after his home town show. "Why can't we just enjoy the win?", we thought. Either way, its funny that even when we crush, we comedians somehow find a way to find a way to take away from a win.
In hindsight, I am glad to have made so many people happy and see so many friends supporting me. I hope to have more shows like this in 2023. #standup #formerlawyer #careerchange #2023goals
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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