This last Tuesday made my 6th STL open mic performance (my 5th one at Funny Bone). It was the largest crowd so far, but definitely not the best. The audience was pretty luke warm and the drinking didn’t help as the evening progressed. But, sometimes that happens. I think most people were having a good time. They just weren’t laughing very loud. There was one woman right down front who looked bored out of her mind. One comic even called the crowd out and joked about how bad they were!
Most comics that night had a good set, but some didn’t get any laughs at all, or barely any laughs. That’s not good, but that night you really had to blame the audience because the majority of comics were really good. I felt the same way about my set. I recorded audio with my phone and listened to it the next morning and realized I got more laughs that I thought when I was up there. Recording your set definitely helps.
I also had my set video recorded that night. There’s a nice guy, also a comic, there most nights who will tape you for just $10 and make a DVD for you. I’ve definitely done better as far as getting laughs goes but that’s a chance you take. I’ve watched the video a few times now and feel pretty solid about it. It’s definitely a set I’d do again just as it is.
What do you think?
Another perk about taping (audio and video) is it helps you develop your timing and delivery, while also working on which jokes work and which ones don’t. My “Samantha” joke got lots of laughs two weeks ago when I did it in front of a crowd that was half the size, but on the tape it barely gets any laughs. Another advantage to video is just seeing how you look on stage and how you can improve your stage presence. I immediately noticed I play with the mic cord too much, something you might not have noticed until now when I pointed it out to you. But I noticed right away!
I’m also a bit animated on stage and talk with my hands a lot, but that’s just who I am and I’m probably not going to try to change that. I’ll definitely have my set recorded again later on. It’s $10 well spent. I hope you enjoyed it!