Do Comedians have any pre-show rituals or superstitions?
I can't speak for other comedians but I really don't have a pre-show ritual, other than listening to my prior sets while I travel to the shows (plane or car). I also will always try to watch my host and the comedian before me to get a feel for the crowd. I also won't eat 90 minutes before my set, which explains why I am so hungry right when I get off stage.
I also try to have a sugar free Red Bull before each show, but lately, I need to cut back as 10+ red bulls a week is not very healthy. I am down to five a week!
As for superstitions, I won't wear the same shoes two nights in a row. Ever. Even on the road, I pack an extra pair of shoes so this never happens. And I will always wear sneakers for shows, even if I have a show in a formal setting (I have a good sneaker game). Maybe it is fro years of wearing dress shoes to court as a lawyer but I just don't wear dress shoes on stage.
And I will never wear competing sock brands with shoes. So if I wear Nike shoes, I have to wear Nike socks. Neutral socks are okay with shoes but Adidas socks with Nike. NO EFFEN WAY!
What about you? Do you have any? #formerlawyer #standupcomedy #rituals
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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