The first time I did stand up, my legs felt like rubber. Not like rubber tires, which are thick and sturdy, but like rubber bands, bendy and about to snap.
I convinced myself I was going to trip on my way up to the Rumor’s stage and go down like Jennifer Lawrence accepting the award for Best Actress at the Oscars.
By the grace of the comedian gods, I did not fall. Despite the rubber band legs, I was, in fact, quite calm, collected and even funny.
And so, I dove head first into the open mic scene, immediately feeling a sense of rejuvenation along with bouts of frustration — especially when the audience doesn’t laugh.
But everybody bombs, one time or another. I am no exception — but when I do really well, it’s amazing and it reminds me to keep at it.
I find that writing is one of the hardest aspects of stand up. It’s easy to do obvious jokes — and sometimes you get away with it, but when you see how good the comedy scene in Winnipeg is — you realize obvious jokes won’t make you a better writer or comedian.
Taking up comedy has honed my skills as a writer — I know, this sounds like it’s from a cover letter, but it really has. I am an adverb addict and comedy has helped eliminate pesky filler words, so my jokes are concise and the punch line is stronger
For me, writing jokes is an extension of my personality and how I view the world. I am a huge pop culture junky and an unwavering feminist. I often joke about women-centric issues, and while they don’t always reach the entire audience, I never sacrifice my style of comedy to get a laugh. It’s my brand.
If you’re interested in coming checking out my stand up routine, buy me some pizza or check out many of the other amazingly talented comedians in the city, here are a few places to visit:
Cavern (The) Sunday Nights 9:30 p.m. – late
King’s Head Pub Tuesday Nights TBA
Jekyll & Hyde’s Wednesday Nights 9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Handsome Daughter Thursday Nights 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.