Boy was I mediocre.
Fumbled my words and messed some set ups and punchlines because of it.
Thursday's show drove a point home for me. My first introduction to acting and comedy was improvisation, but as a comic I cannot improvise. I've been doing a lot of work with the Men In Tights ( www.menintights.ca ) lately and that is a very "go with the flow sort of show. It's a lot more scripted than the casual audience member will ever notice, but it's not the sort of act where every word and gesture is sculpted and timed to perfection. As a result, I've been in a very improvisational head space of late but my style of stand-up doesn't blend well with improvising. When I write jokes, I think hard about how they should be structured, where each word should go, timing, etc. I don't think I'm good enough at the craft yet to truly use the term "wordsmith", but that is what I aim for. My energy and delivery style are not like those of Ryan Belleville, Robin Williams or Deb diGiovani: I don't ramble well on stage.
As for the rest of the show, the audience was smallish, Fraser Young did a good job hosting and the first couple of comics (Andrew Young and Peter Fulton) had as rough (or rougher) a tim on stage as I did. Todd Allen and Evan Carter had much better sets. I was in a bad mood and left without seeing the headliner.