I’ve been considering going to some open mics. I may have mentioned previously my logic for getting into stand-up comedy. Mainly it’s direct feedback for Writing. I’ve said time and time again I don’t really care what type of Writing I’m doing, as long as my time involves building things with words, I’m usually happy.
One of my main issues is that amateur comedians have to book for open mics. Give me a break. When I was doing early shows in New York City, yeah, you have to book… because there are things like drink minimums and a requirement of bringing in a certain amount of people to see you… that’s why they call it a ‘pre-show’.
That’s not what an open mic is.
In Brisbane an open mic is a bunch of amateur comedians having a go in front of a group of random pub dwellers on a dead weeknight or Sunday evening. Anyone that feels like crawling out of the crowd and getting their funny on should be able to. I think it’s really lame having to phone up and actually ‘book in’ for something that gets you zero creds / cash.
However I still like writing jokes and holding a microphone is fun so I imagine I’ll go up over the next few weeks…