I once dreamed of being a stand-up comedian.
I memorized every Robin Williams bit.
I studied Bill Cosby (HOW the jell did he get so creepy ?!!!?).
I just loved the process they used to make people laugh.
Plus lots of friends and family told me I should do it because I'm funny. And like lots of comedians - I don't do jokes.
I do funny stories and bits.
Jokes are good - but you really need a joke writer and memorize them. I just enjoy pointing out the absurdities of situations.
So one time in college while home from summer, I saw an ad in the newspaper.
You know back when I read a newspaper.
It offered a chance to perform in front of a crowd. I could do whatever talent I wanted to do.
I thought I would try comedy.
Now - the goal was to sell tickets to your friends and family so they would come and vote for you.
But I didn't want to do that. I wasn't that scared of selling tickets.
I wanted a real test though.
I wanted to see if I could make a complete room of strangers laugh.
And I didn't want to win the show. The winner was going to get on a 2nd tier talent TV show. But 2nd place was a better gig.
At least a better gig for a single 21 year old.
A week on a cruise ship.
Yes, I was hoping I could get booked as the comedian for a week on a cruise ship just to meet girls.
And by meet girls, I really mean have lots of Bibical relations with foreign girls :).
Which considering I basically picked my graduate school degree entirely based on having best odds of meeting girls (Library school) - this shouldn't be a surprise.
Anyway - I did 5 minutes at the show.
I made entire room laugh.
Based on audience reaction - I had the best response of any other performer.
But I didn't get any votes. Because the voting was just it is now - people vote for their friends.
I've been on lots of cruises with my wife. Whom I met in library school.
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