Allergic to Comedy

I have a confession to make. I’m a comedian. I know what you’re thinking. “Your life must be so glamorous.” Well, it isn’t. Sure, you get to hang out with funny people, and some of them are super smart. Some are not, but I digress. But hanging out at nightclubs at 1:00 am on a Tuesday isn’t exactly a perk. Of course, every job had its downside.

Since comedy clubs are super depressing, I like to produce a comedy show in my backyard, when weather permits. It’s a great way to get people together that may not normally go out to see comedy, you can sit on a picnic blanket barefoot, and there’s no 2 drink minimum.

But, as one can guess, allergy season is a springtime hurdle that performers must overcome. The downside is, we all pay the price. Let me explain.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a backyard show, and it was a smashing success. I crammed 50+ people into my backyard, with a stage, and a state-of-the-art sound system. OK, it just speakers and an amp with 2 microphones, but it sounded amazing in a backyard.

The comics came with their A game. They were HILARIOUS. One of my favorites, a big guy, like 6’7” or something crazy, has the crowd in stitches. He’s SO FUNNY. And then…silence. Sure, a pregnant pause in stand-up is sometimes necessary in order to deliver a story correctly, but this was different. Big comic guy had a weird look on his face, his head drawn back, his lips curling up in a growl, and then – ATCHOO! Right into the mic. I was offstage right, and I saw a mist of saliva and germs fly into the air and land directly onto the mic. I get all squirmy just thinking about it.

What’s a professional to do? When big comic guy finished, I walked straight up and unapologetically wiped that mic down with an antibacterial wipe. I mean COME ON. Being a producer of a comedy show is like being a parent sometimes. I have to do everything. This is why we can’t have nice things.

But the show must go on, and that it did. Let it be a lesson to all of us. Even if you have the sneezes, you can still have a good laugh.

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