The last performance of ‘How to Write a Tasteful Novel’
I was particularly nervous about this one, because it was being videoed. As usual, I walked to the Pirate Bar, but a block or two away, I took five minutes to chill.
I stayed chilled on stage, and slowed down some of the moments, adding pauses to get the best effect from the lines. I included all the ad-libs that I’d incorporated into my previous six performances.
One good thing about performing at the Pirate Bar is that I got to see people’s smiles and attentiveness, even when they weren’t laughing, though there was plenty of laughter as well. In a lot of venues, the performer is lucky to see one or two faces in the crowd.
And what a crowd it was! It was a dry, balmy evening, so we could open out the side of the bar and let in more people, who otherwise would have missed the show.