I was recently asked if stand up comedy is fun. My answer is usually, “most of the time, yes.”The actual shows are most always fun. Obviously, you have a badly run show here and there, a heckler that ruins a show or just a bomb. But if stand up comedy was just shows, I think it would be so so so fun. But there is much more to it. When you get to a level where you are only worrying about shows and have assistance with the rest, I bet it is more fun. Until that time, however, the process is sometimes trying.
We have to monitor our social media, we have to promote shows to make sure we have seats are full, which is often stressful as an up and coming headliner. We have to schedule our travel and navigate hotels and airport delays. We also, of course, have to write new material
We call and send emails to venues for shows and, at my level, most calls and emails are not responded to or at least not in a timely manner. Sometimes it feels like disrespect but its mostly about venues receiving 1000s of emails a day from comedians. There is also the frustration of not getting certain shows or opportunities, which, at times, is a hard pill to swallow. The rejection, lack of responses or indifference sometimes takes a toll on your mental health.
It is a lot of work but would I want to do anything right now? No f**king way! #comedy #formerlawyer #standup #wednesdaywisdom
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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