Day two of shows at Halifax Yuk Yuks and we have a large crowd and we’re going to have a lot of fun. For tonight I try switching things up and putting different songs in for a change and see how they work out, because you don’t want to do the same set every night. It’s nice to have some variety. For the beginning it’s been the two new songs I’ve written recently that have done so well, but the rest of the set has changed from last night and then the ending is the same as before, just because before I bring the headliner up I like them to know what I’m going to do is the same and they know when to expect to be brought up.
That’s one of the things about doing stand-up, is the waiting. When you’re at the back of the room and you know you’re next you’re either nervous about going on because you’re not sure how this crowd will take you, or you’re anxious because you can’t wait to get onstage and every minute is like agony waiting until they announce your name and you can walk on.
Years ago I worked with someone who tortured me unintentionally because he’d say to me “I’m going to do about 3-5 minutes and then I’ll bring you up” and I’d say okay…then I could time him and he’d do 15 to 20 minutes before he finally brought me up, and at first I’d be frustrated and the anxiety would keep building, but after a few times it became hilarious and a little game to figure out how long 3-5 minutes would truly end up taking.
I always wondered when I met professional headliners why they were so blasé about when they were brought up, and that’s because for most of them it didn’t matter anymore, they were so confident on how they’d do or didn’t really worry about it, so it was nothing to them. I’m getting there 😊