My debut as a stand up comedy was a couple of weeks ago here on Hornby Island. I am hesitant to write about it because I may generate more notoriety for myself. The experience further supports my feelings that I have found my Happy Place on Hornby Island like so many people here.
Our teacher was Jenny Brown who is a Hornby part-timer from Portland Oregon. She broke it down into simple steps and encouraged everyone regardless of how awkward they were. Stand up comedy is a lot like drawing…. people think they can’t do it, but once it is broken down into steps it is do able by everyone. The class started out with about 15 people which quickly dropped to 5 courageous souls.
When people learned I was doing the comedy class the standard response was ‘’oh how scary”. It did not turn out to be scary at all. Once I got up on the stage and people started laughing at my reflections on life on Hornby I felt like I was on a roll. It was just like joking around with friends which I do all the time. So the only difference was I had to stick to my script.
The downside to doing a public show is that people recognize me around town. I am used to going about my business in total anonymity. I am still adjusting to my new found celebrity.. small as it is on the island. I have been deeply touched by the feedback I have had from people who recognize me and are so kind to tell me how much they enjoyed my comedy set. There was an audience of about a 100 which was a sell out for the venue and it raised money for someone getting a liver transplant.
I regret waiting to do this until I retired. I should have done it sooner. Adventures abound close to home and you don’t have to fly to Zanzibar. My adventures on Hornby have surpassed my Mexican and European adventures with the added advantage of not having to get on a plane or pass through customs. Don’t wait until you’re retired to get outside your comfort zone. Try it out for yourself like Theatersports on Granville Island in Vancouver and elsewhere.
Comedy graphics by Bee Wolf Ray
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Hi Ann, I’m visiting your blog from Donna’s Retirement Reflections blog. Doing standup comedy is a great skill to have. Sounds like you’re a natural. Enjoy your newfound celebrity status. You now need dark sunglasses 🙂
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I will send invitations to the next one!
I am so sad that I missed this show, Ann. I would LOVE to be at the next one. Not waiting until retirement to slip out of our comfort zones is a very wise message indeed!