POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ENERGY
I have had many different career paths in my life. I was a musician. I was involved in politics. I was a music manager and booker and I was a litigator. There is nothing that compares to comedy, in terms of how high a moment can be and then how quickly a low follows. After my post last week about the unsolicited woodshedding I received from a road comedian friend, it was hard to shake the imposter syndrome and self-doubt during the shows I performed on. If you saw me after my Friday or Saturday shows where I headlined back to back shows in Milwaukee (One was sold out), I was experiencing the highest of high. I tell people I am unbearably cocky after a good set. This was no exception. I wanted to call that comedian and tell him to go to hell and I thought about having the crowd leave him a voice mail after the show from the stage, but I am glad I didn't.
But then if you saw me after my set on Tuesday night, my lack of poker face would reveal only self-doubt and disappointment. I could not get new jokes to work and the crowd was simply not on my side. Thats the way comedy works. I think I speak for most comedians when I saw that a great set can get you through so much, providing you happiness and endorphins similar to those of the best drugs man can buy (no comment on how I know this). A bad set can affect your ability to breathe. You have to be ready for all of it and surround yourself with talent and positive energy.
So thank you for all those who were there for me and for all of you supporting us comedians. I hope to see you this weekend in Schaumburg as I open for one of my favorite humans Bret Ernst or at my upcoming shows in Chicago, Sarasota, Tampa, Detroit and Scottsdale! #comedy #standup #formerlawyer #careerchange #positveenergy
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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