The Saga of Suck-a-Dick Steve

Some days you do comedy and you think you can take on any audience and then some nights like tonight you realize you can’t. No matter how hard you try to get them on your side or get them to behave you can’t change people’s opinions or minds on things. Tonight, I was Emcee for the Pro-Am show at Yuk Yuk’s and I was onstage, and the audience were really not interested in me, no matter if I did old material or new, impressions or whatever, they just weren’t that into it.

Now, I don’t know if I told one joke that offended a lot of people, or if my dealing with the three drunk guys in the second row all night meant that people thought I was too hard on them or just annoyed with me for trying to handle them but whatever caused it, I lost them. Luckily enough they laughed at the other comics material, so that made me feel better, I don’t mind they haven’t liked me enough to laugh when I’m onstage, sure it hurts but if my actions cause them to dismiss the other comics then I haven’t been doing my job and that hurts the whole show overall. My attitude is when I’m emcee it’s not about me, it’s about the other acts, I’m just the ringmaster who does a bit of patter in-between the acts and keeps them flowing and makes sure they stick to their times. That is what I did, and I did it well enough that the show kept to a good schedule and the other acts were given some respect, at least more than I got for the most part.

The worst part of this was two of the guys who were causing problems were friends of one of the new comics, so they really weren’t there to see the other acts and despite me constantly trying to keep them from disrupting the show they had already decided they weren’t going to give anyone a break except for their friend they came to see. How can I be sure? The minute their friend finished his act, they got up and left to go outside and didn’t come back in for about 10 to 15 minutes, so they really didn’t want to give anyone else a break.

Even worse was the guy who was there on his own sitting next to those two. They were a bad influence on him, or he on them, not sure which, but he was chatting to the acts several times and no matter how many times he was given notice by comics that his trying to communicate with the comics wasn’t welcomed, he kept going. At the end of the night he wanted to come over to the comics and tell them how much fun he had at the show, but the manager told him he was barred from the show and to leave, which he was upset about. For him, he thought he was part of the show, so he thought we comics appreciated his behaviour, but we really don’t, and I wish there was some way to get that across to people who do this kind of thing.

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