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I return to the stage to perform comedy. Well, I actually returned last week after a month break. Was little rusty, but going to make up for it tonight. Tonight when you're having dinner or a drink, remember you could be trying to entertain 50 some people for 8 minutes.
Face your fears! It will change your life and is the best advice you can take to heart.
PS. Did you know 28% of people are more afraid of public speaking than dying?
I know, we have Everclear here for those that hate themselves enough to require 90% abv. 40oz of a malt beverage in the course of minutes led to not so good comedy. I doubt Poitin would lead to anything better.
Friday it was improv, which is actually more nerve wracking than stand up in my opinion (having done both about equal amounts.)
Stand up is horrifying in the sense of "what if what I found funny enough to write down, they find stupid?" It's the material which gets judged the most, which is very personal, as you took the time to write it.
Improv is horrifying in the sense that you walk onto the stage going, "I have no idea what the hell is about to happen." It is incredibly easy to freeze, miss a reference, misinterpret a line, generally make an ass of oneself. I have found that there is so much horrible improv out there, that just not sucking at it puts you into the top 50%.