So tonight I hosted my very first Laughing Buddha Comedy open mic at the Village Lantern. It was a lot of fun and it was a lot of work which surprised me. I had to pay attention to other things other than myself, my drink and my constant opinions and insecurities racing through my head.
There are a number of things that go into hosting a Laughing Buddha Comedy that look easier than they are. For starters keeping my eye on the stop watch so I can signal the comic that he or she has one minute left to wrap up their set. Then at 4:15 I’d stand up by the door for maybe 5 seconds before I walk towards the stage. It sucks to stop someone in the middle of their joke but blowing the light is a big No-No in comedy so really this is helping comics to learn to wrap it up with a quicker joke and not start a longer one.
This may sound silly now and hopefully even sillier a month from now. But I found it difficult to smoothly pull out two names from the bucket and then easily introduce the comic from the previous drawing. Not to mention pronouncing the name right. Even when Delance Minefee the first host tonight would give me the correct pronunciation I’d forget it because I was nervous. Of course like most people when I’m nervous I forget what I’m afraid of forgetting.
I have such respect for the comics that host the Laughing Buddha Comedy mics. They make it look easy.