Is it the audience or me?
I recently headlined two nights of shows, back to back, having two completely different responses. The first night (Friday) went horribly. Nothing seemed to work; the new stuff, the "hits" and even crowd work resulted in minimal responses. It felt like work and I was left dazed and confused. The next night was Saturday. Same venue, same jokes and everything worked; the new stuff, the "hits" and the crowd work, even resulting in unexpected applause breaks. Was it the audience? Maybe. I never blame the crowd or turn on crowds when they don't give me love, and I did not at the Friday show here. But with this evidence and instant "data", it was clear that it was not JUST me. Watching the shows (yes I record all my shows), I did, see my energy level was low on the Friday show but I also noticed the lighting on the stage was out on the Friday show and sound levels were low. Yes, sometimes it just is ALSO the crowd or aspects out of my control. Even with the less than ideal response on the Friday show, I was so thankful for the weekend of shows and in hindsight loved both shows. Why? When I struggle on stage, I write more material while on stage that I can use later, and I got two new "tags"
#comedyisback #standup #careerchange
Paul Farahvar Comedy