First things first…
Thank you to everyone who cheered me on in this match! Coach Healthy Hangover led Team Bikini to a hard-fought victory over Team Eggroll. I used brown rice, leftover grilled pork, frozen veggies, and an egg to create this little masterpiece. Then I went on a hunt for soy sauce (I may not have ordered a takeout container of MSG, but I was still planning to bloat like I did) and I found this magic potion in the cupboard!
I bought it for a recipe months ago that I never made and figured it might help the situation, which could have been very bland. It was perfect. It totally gave it that sweet and sticky Panda Express flavor that I was so craving, and it actually isn’t too bad for you. The bowl was delicious and — full disclosure — I washed it down with a Diet Coke. I haven’t had a DC in months, but for some reason, I just can’t drink water with Chinese food! So we’ll count that as a Team Bikini penalty, but still be happy with the victory!
After the food, my craving was totally satisfied and I started to feel like a normal person again. I even changed into jeans and got set back up at my desk! I’m working second shift today, apparently.
SO. ABOUT LAST NIGHT!!
So last night, when I got to the Comedy Showcase, I was actually super nervous. I had written/chosen my material last week, so yesterday I just decided to write it all down and memorize the order. It was a 3-5 minute set which, to me, is very, very short. (But I’m also a girl who always asked teachers, “Is there a word limit?” on essays.) When I started actually writing it down yesterday, I ended up writing a ton of new material! And that’s what made me nervous — I was afraid I was going to blank out. (I should have just made a note card. Tons of comedians use them and it’s not even a big deal.)
I picked up Jacki and my friend Andrew and we headed to Ann Arbor in absolutely horrible rainy weather. By the time we got there, I was just very jittery. I checked in with the manager and then scoped out the other comedians. They were a lot of dudes, as I would expect, but to everyone’s surprise, a few other women were on the list too! There ended up being four of us (out of about 15 comedians) which is unusual. I wore my glasses when I first got there in an effort to be taken seriously. My idea was that I’d let them think I was Tina Fey; sadly, my boobs are too big for this. The glasses did not provide enough distraction and the emcee hit on me before I’d even opened my mouth. Great. Now I had something to prove.
You get free drinks for performing, but I didn’t want to get sloppy before I went on stage, so I just had one drink: a tequila shot. I just needed to get warmed up and tequila makes me warm and more comfortable saying ridiculous things (often too comfortable, but that’s another story). It didn’t help my nerves a whole lot, but luckily I was early in the show — sixth I believe? My friends were in the front row — besides Jacki and Andrew, Leah and her boyfriend Adrian came, along with my friend Amy from college. A cheering section never hurts, but there was a big crowd, so pretty much everyone was strangers. Once I got up there though, I didn’t have nerves anymore; I just started talking! I thought of Chelsea, and how her show was like hanging out with your funniest friend, and that’s what I channeled.
My Flip cam fell out of my purse in the car, so Andrew shot this entire video on his Blackberry. The quality isn’t great and there’s a little glitch in the middle, but I think you’ll get the idea! It starts a few seconds into the routine; I just had come on and said, “Hey! I’m Rachel and the first thing I always to is tell everyone what race I am…”
So I think it went well! I was really enjoying myself on stage and just having a good time. After the show, once my nerves had gone away, I felt great. I mean really, performing is so fun. I love doing Shed Theater, which is partially why I haven’t bothered to do stand-up in a while, but it is great to get that immediate feedback!
I hung out and watched the other comedians — some were funny, some were ummm…not — and drank my vodka. When the show ended, I was definitely buzzed; you drop a jeans size and that’ll happen! Two older ladies came up to me and the one just said so sincerely, “Thank you.” I said, “Thank you!” and she said, “No really, thank you! That was so good.” But I knew what she meant and it was an awesome compliment! A lot of the other male performers complimented me too, which is always nice to hear.
Jacki and Andrew had been drinking Long Islands during the show, so they were a riot. Jacki rarely drinks, so I enjoyed seeing her under the influence like that. We went out for a little while after too. It was such a fun night! I hadn’t been dreading it, exactly, but I wasn’t as excited about it because I had no idea how it was going to be. I just had so much fun. Hopefully I will get back on the stage sooner rather than later — I am aiming for Royal Oak next week — and get to do some of the material I didn’t have time to include last night. But either way it’s always good to push yourself out of your comfort zone a bit and for me, going on stage in front of strangers with nothing but a microphone is a very good way to do that!