Performing for the hometown crowd

I am happy to report I survived my first headline event in my hometown since moving back to Santa Rosa. I was a little nervous, but this formula made it all work out: Part rehearsal, part performance, part audience, part learning curve.

It’s interesting—and very unusual—to see so many familiar faces in the first four rows. Frankly, that many friends and acquaintances can throw you off your game (if one has game). But when everyone is laughing in all the right places, I just go with the flow!

I completely enjoyed the entire process, from invitation to contemplation to completion. The wonderful acts before me did a great job warming up the crowd. The MC wrote a personalized intro of each act (impressive!) and that made the show even better. A cherry on top was the after-party pizza that let me catch up with many of the folks from the front row as well as my fellow comics.

Yep, a high bar for local performing, so if you’re keeping score:

Comedy event: One
Comedy fun: Also one

March 10 was proof positive that life can be both fun and funny. Many thanks to the Sonoma County Family YMCA for including me in their annual comedy show.

Looking forward to a hometown gig

After weeks on the road, I’m performing close to home on March 10, 2018! I get to do some comedy time for a good cause: the Sonoma County Family YMCA. Their 5th Annual YMCA Comedy Night will let me perform for and with new comedy friends I’ve made since moving back to Santa Rosa. I’mContinue Reading

The magic of “Yes, and…” thinking

One of the best things comedy gives me is a connection with so many people. Strangers in the audience are perhaps the most populous at this point, but the individuals you run into before and after  your time “on stage” (when you’re creating the ideas and routines) are a wonderful and sometimes helpful bonus. IContinue Reading

A salute to one of my humor heroes

Fifty years ago, “The Dick Cavett Show” became a hit thanks to the insightful and humorous celebrity interviews conducted by (no surprise) Dick Cavett. His personality and honesty lit up the TV no matter who he interviewed. As a kid, I probably only saw the show in reruns or heard adults talking about it. ButContinue Reading

My resolutions of hope for 2018

I hope to do more things that matter in the long run. I know I’ll see more friends and so hope to solidify those friendships, but hope also to make new friends, too. I hope to listen to more music, and laughter and most of all reason. I hope to write a ton and performContinue Reading

When the comedy road crosses memory lane

As I come to the end of the year, and anticipate what to put on my annual “Things I’d Like To Change’ list (more commonly called “New Year’s Resolutions”).  One thing that’ll be high on my list is to take time to appreciate the things I’ve been lucky enough to get and do and see.Continue Reading