The Heckler

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Want to know a fun fact? After these photos were taken we got roughly another foot of snow, on top of the snow you already see on the ground.




Isn't that fun? Harlow sure thinks so. This is his "you ready to play?" look.


And this is his creepy Jack Nicholson "Here's Johnny" look after he's about to go bat shit crazy running hot laps around the park. Every time someone new meets Harlow at the dog park they ask me if he's a year old yet. He's almost four. He just has a little more energy than your average pup.


Besides my love for talking about snow every single day, I've spent the last few nights hitting the comedy scene. The only downside of telling jokes every night is that I feel like I constantly have to write new stuff because I'm seeing a lot of the same people and I can tell their laughs are getting stale because so are my jokes. I tried out an entirely new bit last night and when I was finished I asked Chris how it went and he said, "Well it's new stuff, so there's still a few kinks to work out yet." Well shit.

Last night Chris was kind enough to bring his friends from work to watch so I finally got to meet one of his gal pal coworkers Leigh  (so hi Leigh if you're reading today!) Trust me when I say any comedian is always more than grateful to get a new audience, so naturally I was excited to have a crowd. Anyway, they came from a work party so as you can imagine they were there to have a good time. Well one of his coworkers' decided to start heckling... Which in hindsight is actually really hilarious because it's good experience for comedians to learn how to deal with hecklers, but last night I was terrified. Mostly because it was a room full of experienced comedians and I'm still the new girl and I felt like they were all shooting glares my way every time Heckler Heckelson shouted "tell me about it" or "Bill Nye is a Science Guy" to whichever comedian was on stage. At one point when I knew the next comedian getting on stage was a really good girl who's been doing stand-up for a long long time and knows how to hold her own with the crowd I knew the Heckler was about to get torn apart. I could literally see the look of "I'm gonna rip you to shreds" in the female comedian's eyes. You might not know this, but female comedians can be scary. as. hell. She was practically foaming at the mouth she was so excited to take down Chris's coworker. So I made a quick move and told some of the guys to take Miss Heckler out of there before it got ugly.

The first thing Female Comedian said when she got on stage? "Oh no, where did the heckler go? I wanted to have some fun with her." And I knew I had made the right decision. By this time it was almost midnight and it's safe to say a few too many drinks had been had by all.

Which brings me to my next point. Besides feeling the pressure to come up with new stuff all the time, I'm also struggling to adjust to life as a night owl. I'm an in bed by 10 p.m. with a cup of warm water and a book kinda gal. But for the past few months I've been out past midnight every week night with a beer and bar food kinda gal. Throw that on top of the fact I've been creating marketing strategies for three new clients this week alone  (which I am beyond thrilled and grateful for) but I'll admit I'm a little bit worn down. Some mornings I wake up (like today) and I wonder why I'm doing all this comedy stuff anyway. What's it all for?

But then I remember that's just the weak side of me asking. It's the part of me that is worried it's never going to go anywhere so why even do it? It's the part of me that knows great comics make their rounds at the comedy clubs for years and years and years and still sometimes never get noticed. So what's the point of it all? I really don't know. My only guess is "the point" is doing something you truly enjoy doing. And how could doing something you love ever be called a waste of time?

It's too much for me to think about on a Wednesday to be honest. I could play the game of "what's the point" all day in my head about almost everything I do but where does that leave me? Just in a big pile of self pity and self doubt, which I don't really have time for at the moment. So instead I'm going to live on the optimistic side of things for a little while longer I think, it's more fun on this side anyway.

And on that note, I wanted to share that I just got word that I get to be in my first official show at the Laugh Factory in a few weeks. And it's on a Friday night no less! I was going to wait to announce this until it's closer to the date but screw it I'm just too damn excited. More details will come, but for now I've been told the show is Friday, February 28th at 10 p.m. This is prime time, friends. I could almost shit my pants just thinking about how nervous I will be. Apologies in advance for how much I will be talking about/promoting this show in the upcoming weeks. For once I can say I am truly excited to invite anyone and everyone in the area who would like to come, details on how to reserve tickets and all of that will come soon.

I'm going to end on that note. Happy Humpday.


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28 comments:

  1. So happy to have found your blog and am happy to be following along with you now on GFC! Your popular posts are cracking me up! Xx.

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  2. Do it because you love it and you have a darn good time doing it. :) That is reason enough in my eyes :) Congrats on the upcoming show!

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  3. AHH! congrats for the gig! you rock lady.

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  4. Just reading about being out of the house past 10pm makes me feel tired. Keep loving what you're doing and don't stretch yourself too thin if you have the choice!

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  5. I say you're doing this because you love it & that's what truly matters!!

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  6. Yay to getting the date for your show, that's so awesome! Sometimes I think you're some kind of mind reading wizard. I was just thinking to write a "why I am doing this?" post after having one of those days last Friday. Comedy is hard, regardless of how breezy Tina and Amy make it look, and I think it's so wonderful you love it so much and are going for it.

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  7. Yay!!! I am so happy for you!! The Laugh Factory is big stuff. I wish I could be there!

    And that crazy look in Harlow's eyes partly scares me but only because when my dogs get that look, I know I'm about to be plowed over in 2 seconds!

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  8. Yeah congrats on landing that great gig!! The point is you love it and you're really good at it! Keep on girl! Bar food and beer at midnight sounds delicious but I agree I'm usually in bed by that time!
    ~Amanda
    Meet @ the Barre

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  9. That's so exciting about your gig! It's on my birthday, so that's got to be some good luck right? Can't wait to hear about it.

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  10. You know how i know you want it? Because you go out in temperatures like this. um really excited for you. I wish I could come to see you in February. Maybe that's creepy, but it's true!

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  11. How are you not wearing a coat out!! We just got dumped on again- so over shovelling!

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  12. That's so exciting that you get to do your first show at the Laugh Factory! Congrats!

    Ashley, Married to the Game

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  13. Woohoo! Congrats on the show at The Laugh Factory! I can only imagine how scary it must be to be heckled for the first time, but after surviving the first time, I can imagine it must feel so empowering!
    -Rachel @ <a href="http://withlove-rachel.com>With Love, Rachel </a>

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  14. Congrats on the show, that is awesome!
    Please have someone record you soon, as visiting Chi town is a litttle bit of haul for me right now but I am DYING to see your show!

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  15. Make the snow stop. I'm drowning in it.

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  16. Thank you for writing this. I ask myself "what's the point" way too much.

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  17. Congrats! Everything important is hard work. You're doing greatM

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  18. I wish I was in Chicago so I could come see you! Make sure someone records some part of it :)

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  20. Really enjoyed the article...sounds like fun!

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  21. Exciting news about your show! Can't wait to hear more!

    Danielle @ Allusional

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  22. Where are your boots from, I love them!

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    1. Nordstrom! And thank you :) They're ENZO brand!

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  23. Congratulations on the Laugh factory gig! Talk about it as often as you like, I'm truly interested in the process. When I was very little I wanted to write comedy and my efforts were immediately and completely crushed. I shall live vicariously!

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  24. Ugh, so ready for warmer weather and bright colors! So over this Winter!

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  25. Looks like you're doing well with the comedy!! Congrats, girl! And aren't you freezing in only a blazer??

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