It's been over a year and a half since I wrote a blog for this site. In that time I've gone from an occasionally-paid hopeful to more or less a "working comic." I am featuring regularly. I've opened for some big names. I'm working with agents who weren't returning my calls or acknowledging my existence a year ago.
I recorded a CD this spring. I have gigs booked as far away as North Dakota and Florida. I am eating potato chips and drinking beer right now, both paid for with cash I earned for telling jokes to strangers on a stage.
Lest you think I'm bragging right now, let's look at some other leading indicators. My checking account is overdrawn. My kids are growing up expecting me to be gone, if not all day, at least any time after dinner. I measure my self-worth by how well people I don't know responded to ludicrous ideas I wrote down on a napkin, and I reward or punish myself for my perception of what they thought with prodigious amounts of Del Taco at 3am.
In other words, I think I'm actually a comedian now. Still at square one of a long journey. But I'm on that road.
I'm going to try something new in this space. I'm gonna post every day. It may just be a couple sentences, it may be a book report. But I'll check in daily with some kind of thought, observation, life milestone, or picture of lunch. We'll see if I keep it up, or if it's interesting or not. But a lot's been happening, and I should probably do a little more to document the trip.
Where I write about the stuff I do when I'm out doing the stuff I do.