“You’re F*n Hilarious!”

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So I did a show on Friday, and here’s the rundown.

I was asked to do the show about a week prior.   I said yes, though I knew it was going to be tough to pull off, because I hadn’t played since December.  I figured with it being a short set, I could maybe get away with it.  But when show night came, it became clear that no, I was not prepared, and it was way more challenging than I thought it would be.

I said yes based on this:

…with some extra prep time, perhaps this would be true.
Sadly though…there was no magic on Friday night.
this gif is more magical than my show was

I had 8 wonderful supporters come to the show.  I was last to go on, and it was painful to see the 16 other people that came, leave as I played.  I don’t blame them, really.  I wasn’t killing it.  (my soul yes, but not “it”).  3 other people from the previous band stayed (they had to to get paid) and after my train wreck set was done, one of them came up to me and said:

Yep.  There it is again.
Since my very first show, the thing I’ve heard most often after a performance is how funny I am. Versions include:
“You could be a stand-up comedian”
“You remind me of Ellen”
“You’re like Jann Arden”
“Funny as hell”
“Love the stories between the songs”
“Great sense of humour”
“You’ll die laughing at all her stories”
“Superb sense of humour”
While these are all fantastic compliments, it sometimes feels as if people like my stories and my telling of them way more than they like my songs or my singing.  As somebody who has wanted to be a singer all her life, this is a little troubling because all I want to be is a good singer.  Instead, it always seems to turn into…
Admittedly, when I go to live shows, the thing I want to hear are funny stories.  My favourite performers…Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel…they all tell amazing anecdotes between songs, and that’s what keeps me interested during the show. I already know they have amazing voices and what gets me out to see them is what I can’t hear on a recording…the stories.
So when I was starting out I wrote out some stories to tell between songs, to model the thing I loved most about other performers.  Little did I know that somehow that would turn into my signature.
Now the question becomes…what am I supposed to do with this information?
As I already talked about, my goals for this year are make a music video and go on tour.  I want to give my debut CD a proper go, and tour to get myself some exposure and also sell a few units of London Girl (I sold 2 on Friday night..yay!).  I even had one of my supporters tell me that The Walk made her cry on Friday night (always a success to make ’em cry).  So there’s material there to make a decent touring show.
I think the thing that eludes me is great accompaniment.  I am not an incredibly talented piano player.   I’ve only been playing for myself since July.  My ukulele skills are new to me, but they are okay.  However, I don’t want to just be okay.  I want to be great! And I think my singing is pretty great. If I weren’t so worried about playing my own instruments, then my singing would be way, way, way better.
But piano players…where are you??
And knowing that my performances sparkle with “comedy gold” (as Cheepay would say), how do I take these comic doubloons and translate them into a show that people want to see?
Should I be thinking about things like a one-woman show? (worked for Whoopi Goldberg, EGOT)
Should I be thinking about doing some stand-up comedy?
Should I be thinking about doing something like these amazing fellows, who blend music and comedy so well that it led to an Oscar?

Should I be thinking about writing a book, like this guy does?

Should I keep on the path I’m already carving out?

where to?

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