This past Tuesday, Humber’s Comedy program held its’ first Stand-Up Gala at Yuk Yuk’s – to be aired (perhaps) (eventually) on Sirius XM satellite radio. We had a special guest host, Levi MacDougall, who you probably recognize from all those Rogers commercials, but who you should probably learn more about because he’s a lot more impressive than the dude in those commercials. ANYWAY, it felt good to perform that night, because I hadn’t had the strongest set in our showcase the week prior, (the one in which a bunch of Humber alumni and other industry people came to evaluate,) and yet I was still asked to participate. And, I believe I had a better night on the Gala show than I did on the showcase, so Win 1 for Brie!
I’d like to say I’m over the relatively shitty feeling you get when a bunch of people you hardly know tells you what they didn’t like about your performance in the form of a numerical grade, but I’m pretty over it.
Some people had better Showcase nights. Some people had better Gala nights. There are good and bad nights & good and bad sets. I am uplifted that my Gala night went better, because it encourages me to want to go out more, to write more and to keep at it. Life doesn’t end at the showcase.
It ends at the Industry Show.
No. Not really.
That being said, we are currently hard at work on our end-of-year Sketch show, which has been TREMENDOUS fun! Our director, Gary Pearson, is so profesh, organized & on the ball. I’d aim for an attitude like his if I was ever to be back working in a sketch troupe. And I am SO stoked that two of my sketches, one black-out and an improv-come-sketch (with help from the very funny Brandon Trainor,) were selected to be part of our show.
There’s something about the collaborative nature of sketch comedy that makes upcoming performances more exciting than the nerve wracking excitation of stand-up. It’s probably because you have others to play with and fall back on. It’ll also be a moment to take in because it’ll be the last time us 02s work together as a collective. Unless we’re all chosen for the Industry Show. (Fingers crossed.)
Maybe it’s the cough syrup talking sentimental, but I’m sure gonna miss thing gang when clown college’s is all over. 😦