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Did two open mics tonight.
First was at a bar downtown.
Got a few laughs from a group of about 5 women.
Driven across town to do another at a pizza place/bar. Got so many laughs. I did a few jokes and was gonna get off stage but the owner wanted me to do more.
Got free pizza and soda.
I’ve quit drinking alcohol.
The owner is so awesome, he kept high fiving me and shaking my hand and told me “you are so funny, one day you’re gonna be famous”
I have never heard a group of older women be so gawd damn loud, until today.
Since I arrived at the coffee shop at 8am, it is now 10:30 and they are still loud.
What is the reason behind this?
I’ve been doing comedy just over a year now. I have only performed in Arizona but I am working on trying to save up enough money to go on a mini tour next year. I’ve heard that (now famous) comedians have performed at the venues that I am now performing at. But it didn’t really hit me until I read an article recently about the night Robin Williams performed at Laffs. (My hometown club where I first started/perform at every Thursday). Just the thought of being on the same stage that someone as great as Williams has performed on his huge. I’m crying right now as I type this.
If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would be doing comedy I wouldn’t have believed you. It was a dream I had when I was in 7th grade and gave up on it when I got to high school. I was told I wasn’t good enough (I took drama classes and had horrible stage fright) and that mixed with anxiety and having a hard time even talking to people face to face. (Which I still have a problem with to this day), I gave up on that dream.
Like many other comedians and artists I too suffer from mental illness, anxiety and depression. It’s hard. There are times where I don’t feel like performing at all, there are times where I ask myself “why am I doing this?” I’ll tell you why. Because I enjoy it. I can say whatever I want when I’m up on that stage, I say things that I would never say otherwise. Being on that stage and making people laugh is a wonderful feeling. One of the best feelings in the world, maybe even better than sex.
Earlier this year, as some of you know, I was in the hospital for a suicide attempt. It’s not something I am proud of, it’s not something I want to keep talking about. But I believe that there is a reason I survived. I’m not sure exactly the reason but I feel like it maybe because I am supposed to be here doing comedy.
I don’t know if I will ever become as great and famous as Williams but even if I never do I’m still going to do comedy. It’s what I love, it’s what makes me feel good. I believe it is what I was meant to do, even though it took me this many years to discover/actually go out and do it.
You don’t know what other people are going through, that person in the audience might have just gone through a breakup, might be experiencing depression or maybe even lost a loved one. My job as a comedian is to make them forget about their pain, even if it is just for 4 minutes. I want to make people laugh. This is why I do comedy. Do what you love, do it because it makes you happy.
Jennifer Finley @ Tempe New Faces June 2014
This was my second time performing at The Improv, it’s one of my favorite venues.