I came to Austin to compete in the preliminary round of the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and it was time to go so I headed out to the Cap City Comedy Club. I was dolled up, or as dolled up as I get to do comedy. I was excited and couldn’t wait to get on stage. I had a good week last week comedy wise and just wanted to keep on my roll. I found the club in the strip mall beneath the highway overpass and thought “uh oh”. I parked my little rent-a-car and headed in. I was greeted by a large man who grumbled at me “You have a ticket?” I told him I was on the show, “What’s your name? “ he grumbled back. “I’m Julie, the first one on the list. “ “Go in.” That was the extent of the interaction that I had with anyone who worked at the club or organized the show. I saw my friend Tom, a comedian himself, and his girlfriend who drove in from San Antonio to see the show and check out the comedy scene. It was nice to have a friendly face in the audience. After some chit chat, I figured I show figure out what’s going on.
Across the room I spied a group of four guys who looked like comics so I headed over. Jim Kirkland recognized me and introduced himself and then the others followed – Stan Sillman, Jay Dee and Curt Fletcher. Seems like a nice group. So I asked about the order drawn, they said it was set on the website which didn’t seem fair especially since that meant I was taking the bullet. Fine. I asked if I should check in with someone but no one knew who that person would be since they too were all from out of town, one from Denver, one from Kansas City, a couple from Oklahoma. There were only 3 guys from Austin, one, Lucas Molandez, I’d met briefly a few weeks back in Boston. It was already show time and no one seemed to be looking for the comics. Odd. Then the lights dimmed and the show started. What??? Then JR Brow, the host, took the stage and welcomed the crowd. He told them about the show and then started talking to the comics noting what side to enter the stage and how much time we would have and when we would be lighted. Definitely odd. He then began his routine. I guess I better get ready because I’m up first.
I was introduced and did my thing. I did my standard set with a few adjustments due to the local . The crowd was great and laughed where they were supposed to and I loved every minute of it. I ended strong and left the stage without an ounce of regret. I couldn’t have done better. Now I can just sit back and watch the show.
The next one up was the only other woman on the show, Amy Snowden. She did her thing and the rest followed. Kurt killed and I thought he would take it home. It was a great show, one of the best I’ve ever been a part of.
Then the show was over and the judges went to tally the votes. During that time a local comic went up and seemed to be riffing about how he didn’t really want to tell any jokes and didn’t feel funny which he noted was the equivalent of not being able to get an erection in bed. Also odd and uncomfortable. The judges returned and the winners were announced, Kurt placed third which was a crime and then Jim Kirkland and Lucas placed second and first respectively. The local boys.
I was disappointed to not move on but I did what I cam e to do and had a great time doing it. I met some funny and nice people, I had a great set and learned some lessons. I am so glad I came. This has been a great experience and one that I will hold dear for a long time to come.