When it rains it pours. I had three shows cancel on me this week and when that happens, its a time suck to re-create a schedule and, in this case, re-route my travel plans. Of course, last minute travel changes cost money too. Two of the shows were local so it was not a big deal. I ended up taking a night off for one of them. The other was out of town. Thankfully I am in a position where some places will throw me up or make room for me on shows (And also some places book last minute or need fillers). I also have created a back up plan with a few places I help produce shows for so that I can at least sometimes have a back up plan when this happens.
That being said, it still sucks. When a call comes from a venue, its usually not good so when it actually is good or neutral, my brain automatically goes to "oh shoot, they are gonna cancel." PTSD, I guess. I remember during the pandemic this was happening due to comedians getting sick or being exposed but before that, I never experienced cancelations like I have this year and last. I think its part of transitioning to a headliner, where I still don't have the numbers of a bigger name and have to rely on word of mouth. I am thankful for the shows and honestly, happy to sleep in my own bed 2 extra days now!
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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