When you're a stand up comic you need a "work out" room. For boxers it's a gym, football players have the practice field and for comics, it's the "open mics."
This is the room and open mic where I got my start. It's The Coffee Beanery in Amsterdam NY. The night I showed up, I was the first comedian they ever had, and in a stroke of luck, the regular host for the weekly event was unable to attend, so I volunteered. Just like that, I was the host and MC. I got the crowd pumped, did about 5 minutes worth of jokes and, what do you know, I got some laughs. It was a good thing that I had spent the previous month and a half writing material, because in between, I did a couple other jokes while the other performers were setting up. By the end of the night I had done about a half an hour of jokes.
The thing I noticed through all of it and I am still amazed at was the other performers. So, many of them are very, very good. Others had me wondering, how is that person here, they could be famous? Those few were better than acts I had seen in person and some were better than I had seen on TV. I'm not kidding. Including this guy Ole' Saint Nick, the guy can lay down some tunes.
Take my advice, if you're in the Amsterdam NY area on a Wednesday night at 7PM, stop in, grab a cup of joe and enjoy some free entertainment. You'll be glad you did. If you see me there, working out some new material, say hi, I'm always up for making new friends.
I hope that I kissed ass enough to get some cool Christmas presents....until next time, keep smiling.