I confess it was somewhat of a weird night at the Black Swan, where a friend/colleague of mine just started what will hopefully be a successful regular half booked show/half open mic. It was run by the wonderful Amber Harper-Young, who unfortunately had to absent herself mid-way. Nevertheless, the show is called “Hardcore Girls” and it seems as though the premise is about getting mainly women (and some dudes) up to perform in an encouraging space where they feel comfortable enough to talk about what terrible human beings they are… um, in a good way. In a funny way! The show doubles as a fundraiser for “Because I Am A Girl” – a charitable organization set to empower women in Canada and around the world.
The audience was composed of performers and maybe one or two of the performers’ partners/friends. It was not a particularly receptive crowd – but it could be because they were so few in numbers. OR the heat. Yeah. Let’s blame the heat.
I took the bullet, which I (and every other comic on earth) hate – although it did lead me to realize that I need to try taking it more so I can get better at pumping up a crowd very early on in the night, because it’s a really tough thing to do. Part of me feels responsible for the low energy of the room tonight. Part of me blames the heat.
THAT being said, the chairs! OMG, the Black Swan has some comfy ass chairs, which is highly unusual for a comedy venue, considering it seems the venue owners seem to want their clients to feel as uncomfortable physically as they do internally when they see a comedian bomb on stage.
It was nice to catch some performers I’d never seen before too. It’s nice to broaden the social network. Speaking of which, Erin Rodgers will be pleased to know that I did engage in an incredibly awkward conversation afterwards with the sound guy because I’d admitted to absolutely detesting the song he played when I was brought up on stage. (Seriously, KT Turnstall makes my stomach turn. She’s awful. Fuck!! She’s bad.) … I didn’t need to bring it up again after my set. Why did I bring it up again? Sometimes I just don’t know about myself. It’s almost like anxiety medication permits you to say things you wouldn’t otherwise say – both in a good way AND in a terribly humiliating way. And to Natalie Norman, who also performed tonight. I hear you loud and clear about the chair sweat.
Here’s me wishing best of luck to Amber on her Hardcore Girls project! I look forward to hitting the spot up again soon and hopefully the word will get out and more and more people will come check out this awesome show!