“In January, 2009, Kristina Lea realized a life-long dream of “trying stand-up, just once” when she took the stage for the debut of the Time Out Show: The Mother of All Comedies.”
Since that first show, I have been hooked. I can’t think of a time in my life when I haven’t been looking to tell a joke or make somebody smile. After all, I was raised by a father whose motto is: “if it ain’t fatal, it’s funny.”
I was that kid who told jokes out on the playground or made sarcastic comments from the back of the classroom. Not to be naughty, but because I loved it when my classmates laughed with me and not at me.
I have been lucky to receive encouragement from lots of folks along my comedic journey – it started with my students years ago who told me I actually “was funny, instead of how most teachers just think they are funny.” My sister and husband held my Nervous-Nelly hand that first gig and my kids give me lots of stories to tell/embellish. Many of my friends come to my shows even though they can hear my funny take on life for free, any time they give me a call or go out to coffee with me.
But the best encouragement comes from the folks at the shows – the people who come up to tell me they had a great time. Or that they laughed so hard they peed themselves or snorted a beer out their nose. Comics love that kind of feedback.
I am currently on hiatus as I focus on my novel and short story writing. But, of course, I’m still thinking up sets which I perform for my pets while folding the laundry. They are a surprisingly tough audience.
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