When people find out that I am a standup comic they are often awed. “Oh, I’ve always wanted to try that!” “Good for you, living the dream.” Ah, if they only knew. Yeah, if they only knew. So tell them. Ok, that’s what’ll I do. For the next year, I tell you what it’s like to live my life day in and out as a standup comic.
Frankly, I was inspired by the movie Julia and Julie (I liked the Julia part better). Since seeing the flick, I have decided to write a daily blog on my life as a comic — the ups and downs, the indignities and the rewards. So here you go. I am a New York City based, 40-something woman who left the world of broadcast journalism to pursue standup comedy 12 years ago. And while I still provide commentary to ABC, FOX, MSNBC and others, I make my living (or lack thereof) and lead my life full-time as a standup comic. It is not an easy road for anyone, but it is especially unkind to women and those who aren’t of the Comedy Central demographic. My goal in these daily blogs is not to be funny or unfunny, but to be honest — as honest as I can be about my personal journey in this crazy business. My hope over the next year is that I will share far more triumphs than disappointments. Hey, maybe I’ll even get my big break and you’ll be a fly on the wall to it all.
So today I am in Poughkeepsie, New York at Bananas Comedy Club, where I will earn $300 for three shows (one last night and two tonight). The train and cab to do this gig cost me nearly $100. So being an accountant doesn’t sound so bad afterall, huh?
Stay tuned — off to Bone Fish for an appetizer and glass of wine before my shows tonight. Can’t let all that dough burn a whole in my pocket.
Maureen Langan Aug 15, 2009