The headliner I’m working with this week is a good friend of mine. He used to work with Bill Hicks. He was friends with him. I’m a huge Hicks fan. Anyway, anytime I do a crappy room, he’ll say,”Hicks did that room. Hell yeah, he played there – don’t be ashamed of that shit, you’re working.”
Another crappy show, another bizarre place I’ve never heard of: “Hicks did that room. He got thrown out of there.”
It gotten to the point now that I don’t even have to tell him where I’m playing. It’s assumed, by him that Hicks played EVERY WHERE so if there’s a place to see comedy – Hicks was there. It’s to make me feel better. He knows I find comfort in being reminded that a comedian that I really admire payed his dues just like I’m paying my dues.
Well, this club I KNOW Hicks definitely played. There are headshots ALL the greatest comedians in the last 20 years on the walls. Not ALL the comedians, that played in the last 20 years – all the great ones. Like Sam Kinneson, Rosanne, Jon Stewart and Carlin. You name them, they have played here.
The golden age of comedy ended around the time I hit puberty. I watched these people on television. Ironically, television has been blamed for the comedy boom going bust. Anyway, I loved watching them. Now, I’m booked at a club that I know they were all at.
It’s raining tonight. Middle of snow storm up north – no problem we’ll bing the plow and go to the show. Rain in Raleigh, lets make it a Blockbuster night. Very tiny crowd. I’m on a stage that is basically a shrine to my industry. No roaring laughter, kind of a muted chuckle (if such a thing exists). I’m not having a bad time. I’m not having a bad set. Just a small – lets hang out and chat with the comic and tell her stuff about our life – kind of crowd. At one point I said that if everyone starting joining hands I was going to leave.
That’s what tonight was a mixture of AWE this is a famous comedy club and AWW this is a famous comedy club.
note: I have another entry into the Tina T-Shirt Contest but I can’t figure out how to upload them on my loaner laptop. I’ll try to figure it out later.