A few blogs back I noted that I was going to commit to three challenging/step outside my comfort zone activities each year. Well, since it was half way into the year that I made this decision, I’m doing all three by the end of this year. I will enter 2016 with three fearful conquests under my belt.
The boulder climbing followed by back packing and summiting Mt. Whitney a week later was a good one. Onto the next. Number two this year… Stand-Up Comedy. I used to do improv back in the college years and my early twenties. I wrote and starred in some Hollywood sketch comedy shows. Yes, that’s right – me – the not so funny one, but who tries so damn hard to be. But, it happened.
Stand-up comedy scares the living crap out of me. As much as I appreciate it and thank God for turning tragic into comedy… Who the hell do I think I am? Like, I’m going to get up on a stage and make you laugh? It’s ridiculousness at its best.
But, I’m doing it. I’ve signed up for a seven week workshop and I’m going to try real hard to be funny. Rejection makes you stronger (or just dig a cave and hide forever). At the end, I will have to get up and perform in front of actual humans, many of whom I will know. As I write this, there is a fleet of squirrels in my stomach running in circles.
I’m mad to do this, but I’m also mad about comedy. May this venture unleash the funny, spark the creativity and make at least one uncontrollable chuckle happen.
See you on the other side of the tomato.