NYC Comedy Clubs
Challenge: I still remember the first time I heard Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks do The 2000 Year Old Man. I was in seventh grade, it was a rainy day at my friend Dan's house, and since there was nothing else to do his 60s radical/Borscht Belt mom put it on and it changed my life. That bit and others like it went on to influence my writing style, but would I ever have the courage to take a whack at on-stage comedy myself?
Solution: Stop hemming and hawing and take the plunge already. Jeez.
Result: A string of stand-up shows, culminating in a performance before a crowd of 300 at Gotham Comedy Club. (My most successful joke was about shark attacks and dermatology.) Writing material, working on it with other comedians, and getting laughs from an audience is addictive to say the least. And if you want to put a business spin on it, my copy got sharper, my creative briefs got more succinct, and after dying on stage a couple of times, I now fear no client.