At some point in the world of comedy, the decision is be made to move to LA or NYC? It's where comedians grow, surrounded with opportunities and talent. It's when you are ready for the next step. Prior to the pandemic, my plan was to move to LA for a a month to explore some opportunities I had from my years of comedy and visits to LA. I used to go to LA 2-3x a year to do shows and network while also pitching some show ideas I had for network or media.
In February of 2020, I went to LA to look at a few areas to live and audition for a few comedy clubs. I told myself I would not move unless I had something concrete in place and a few comedy clubs where I would be able to get up consistently, like I do in Chicago. I found a cool place to rent and got "passed" with some comedy clubs, bookers and show producers. Then everything changed.
In addition to the pandemic, I had to make time to assist my elderly father who was diagnosed with Parkinsonism and found a second home in Florida, where my family lives. I traveled to Florida so much in the past couple years that some folks believed I moved there. Decisions on moves to NYC or LA were placed on the back burner but in a way, comedy was on the back burner for everyone given COVID restrictions on the coasts.
This week, I came back to LA for the first time in three years. Lot of the gatekeepers I connected with on my past trips were gone and the momentum and goodwill I developed felt gone as well. Nonetheless, I was able to connect with some friends and get some stage time, including a few shows at the legendary Comedy Store, a bucket list item for me. I also was able to pitch a few new non-scripted shows I have begun working on. I hope to be back in a few months and perhaps then I can decide whether it's time to take the plunge or if I missed my window. For now, I am off to Boulder and Denver for some shows! #careerchange #standup #formerlawyer
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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