As I re-listen to Steve Martin’s fantastic performance focused biography I’m trying to build up the courage to get on stage and do stand up again.
It’s been almost a year. I had a great start to 2018 getting on stage a bunch with all new material. All material I do is new because I’ve barely done any stand up comedy.
April 2018 came around and my step father, Derek died. I can safely say that what followed was the hardest time I’ve experienced whilst alive. I cancelled the remaining open mics I had booked and didn’t book anymore.
I do not think I am destined to be a stand up comedian. If I was I would have done a lot more of it by now. There’s a good chance that by listening to so many podcasts that are just two stand ups talking I’ve somehow brainwashed myself into thinking I have to do it. So I will. Any day now.
(But that’s all beside the point so I’d appreciate if you would stop pressuring me.)
Between this Steve Martin bio and his excellent Masterclass there are many huge shipments of wisdom. While listening again today I moved past my usual ‘note every important sentence down’ habit and decided to immediately listen to the whole book again as soon as I’d finished.
This quote in particular is extremely helpful. It’s essentially a well delivered argument.
“I believed it was important to be funny now while the audience was watching but it was also important to be funny later when the audience was home and thinking about it.”
You can do more with your work and by doing more deliver more ‘value’ for the observer. They spend the same money and time and get twice as much silly fun time.