I was just asked this by a friend who showed up to one of my shows when only 1/4 of the showroom was full. He wasn't trying to be rude, he was just worried it would be hard for me to get laughs. To me, if the crowd came out, especially on a weeknight to see me, or comedy in general, they usually need or want to laugh. They made the affirmative decision to get ready, drive to the club, sometimes even having to get a sitter, and bought food and drinks. The show must go on. The show will go on! I put on the best show I can and often times, the smaller crowds are the best mighty crowds.
What I don't do on stage is bitch about the size of the show, or make the crowd uncomfortable about themselves or being one of only 20 people in the audience. They want to have fun. They don't want to be made fun of for coming out on a Wednesday to support comedy. It's not their fault I did not bring another 50 people to a show! I am grateful that people showed up for comedy.
At the show in question, some people thanked me after the show (and bought shirts) and sure as hell, one couple drove 90 minutes to see the show. In hindsight, I should have given them a free shirt. :)
That being said, I hope to have big crowds in DC next week and Rosemont in two weeks. Please spread the word! #standup #formerlawyer #careerchange #laughteristhebestmedicine
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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