I got the crazy opportunity to open up for Dave Chappelle for a weekend. I will spare you the details on how it came together. I sure you want to know, but, it’s none of your business. Plus if I tell all 200 of the people that read my website1, one of those people may know somebody, that knows somebody that does comedy, and maybe they’ll be the person that responds to a craigslist post.
It was a great weekend.
I got to meet Chappelle and perform on sold out shows at The Moore Theater all weekend. On a side note. I can’t wait until 20 years from now when someone ask me, what my biggest turnout was. And I can honestly lie and say I sold out the Moore Theater 3 nights in a row.
I would like to say the whole thing was surreal and I was nervous, but that would be a fairytale, and there are no fairytales in Shawshank.
I actually felt very comfortable. It probably because the shows were packed, which made my job easy. I honestly think it was because, I knew I was getting paid. Anytime I know I’m definitely getting paid, tension leaves my body.
The coolest moment of the weekend was the last show. Chappelle did a joke, in which he made a callback too one of the bits I did that night. And as soon as he said the line, he looked over to me off stage and acknowledged me. That was nuts!
Up to this point of my career this has been one of the coolest experiences. Being able to watch and study one of the greatest comedians of all time up close has been priceless. It’s a time that I won’t forget.
Watching the shows have been very inspiring. I feel like I’m going in the right direction, and I can’t wait to get there.
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