Today was one of those days that surprises you. It started boring enough, I stayed in my room sending out resumes and applications (again) and hearing nothing back (again). I decided that I wouldn't completely waste the day and I would go out and try to do some stand up. I foolishly decided that I would try to get onstage at the Comedy Store. A word on the Comedy Store, they have 15 spots to go up and 25 people show up. This is the second time I've signed up and the second time I didn't get up. In talking with another comic Tommy who was trying to get in he divulged that the reason must sign-ups don't get up is because the guys who work at the Comedy Store always put their friends on the list, even if they didn't sign up. So in reality there winds up being about 8 slots rather than 15, which seems pretty shitty to me but I guess I don't work there. Guess I need to start kissing up.
Anyway, Tommy also told me about this little club for comics called easily enough, the Openmic. It was a little hard to find but I'm glad I did. It's owned by a guy named Marty who asks for 5 dollars and wants you to get comfortable and have fun. Everyone there was working on new stuff so there's no pressure and comfy chairs to watch. Marty takes those 5 dollars and grills up hot dogs and hamburgers and makes some coffee for everyone. Marty even said it's because a lot of people there are having to choose between eating and paying bills and he wants to do his part to help out some up and coming comics. Now I don't know where Marty got his money to open such a club or why he's so nice, but it sure is a nice change from the overly competitive open-mic crowd I normally run into when I try to do get on stage.
This place even had my favorite feature of open mics on proud display, the crazy people who see a microphone and see opportunity. I learned tonight that in 2012 the enlightened people with the right wavelength of love will transcend to the 5th dimension (screw the 4th!) and won't need to poop anymore. So I got that going for me, which is nice.
One more thing that made this place awesome. Do you ever pass someone in the mall or something and think to yourself, "Hey, that guy looks like someone who's famous?" Well tonight some guy came in and I said, that looks like Marlon Wayans (think Scary Movie) and lo and behold, it was indeed Marlon Wayans who closed the show with some stuff that he was working on. Oh ya, I shook his hand. What a city.