I recently had my first experience of live comedy and it was brilliant.
I love stand up comedy and when it's done well it's amazing. Until now I've only seen it done on TV and DVD by professionals who make it look easy.
Recently I went to my first local gig at a comedy club to see a bunch of unknowns doing their thing and it was brilliant. There was three touring comedians who I'd never heard of who were all excellent. There was also a couple of locals doing their first ever bit. They had five minutes each and were both very funny. The crowd has very supportive and there was no heckling or abuse and it was all good vibes all night. I actually can't wait to go back. So much better than passively staring at a cinema screen or sitting in a pub.
It's the first time I've seen 'normal' people doing stand up and the first time I've seen the connection between thinking "I could do that" and then getting up and doing it.
Which leads me to my question...
Has anyone ever had a bash at stand up? It's not something I could ever see myself doing. I'd be paralysed by fear if I was plonked on stage with a microphone.
But this being STW, there must be someone here who's tried it!