06 January 2008

Chinese and English Stand-up Back to Back!

Poof!! I'm totally exhausted! I finally have the energy to even log in and type an entry here. I've been sitting here dazed and confused and just brain dead for the past hour because I'm so tired.

I did a back to back Chinese and English stand-up comedy show tonight! It was awesome! The English show sold out probably because of all the publicity it received in the South China Morning Post that featured an article about me, so we had a great, great crowd and I finally felt confident enough to play with the audience and mess around with them. I was so nervous at first because I'd been sitting on the stairs near the toilet area writing some new jokes I just thought of because I wanted to make fun of the audience. There were a lot of Indians, Chinese and White people so I wanted to try to cover all grounds, I think I did it quite well :)

I have to say, the stress I went through most of today (Saturday) was crazy! I was on the verge of breaking down and even moments before I had to perform, I just wanted to die and be done with it! No matter how much you prepare, you're still nervous before a show, no matter what. But when you're done and the audience is laughing and applauding, it's a good worthwhile feeling. All that hard work and pain pays off in the end!

I'm excited but also stressed because I know I still have a long, long way to go, but hey, I've only been doing stand-up for around 3 months now, so I think I'm doing pretty good so far. I have to say, I've been thrown into the deep end of the comedy pool but in many ways, after all the shit I've been through in life, I'm ready to fight it out and make sure I don't drown. It's really, really tough but as The Road Less Travelled says:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I'll only be able to excel if I take that tougher path. Kind of like my decision to take the pitch black route on my hike to the peak on New Year's night. It made all the difference to me. Honestly. I feel like sitting down and just crying right now, not because I'm sad or frustrated, I just feel so open at this moment, like I'm surrounded by a bulletproof coating but naked underneath. I know I'm safe right now, but I know there's a lot more to come.

Tomorrow's going to be a big, big day for me, I have a lot I want to get done so tonight, I'm not allowing myself to do anything except relax. I wanted to practice some drum hand exercises but I'll just frustrate myself and it will be wasted so instead, I'm going to load up a movie, enjoy and fall off to sleep.

One week into 2008, and so much has happened already!! I hope the year is going very, very well for you all so far! :D

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Blogger Carmen S said...

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12 January, 2008 14:12  
Blogger Carmen S said...

Just watched your comedy talks thro' youtube. They're gorgeous! I esp. like your Cantonese one~!
Keep it up!
And your voice is so sexy! I guess you can sing well!! =)

12 January, 2008 14:19  
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12 January, 2008 14:23  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Hey there,

Thanks a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed the videos! I'm working on new material and when they're ready, I'll youtube them! :)

As for my singing, two negatives make a positive, cheap mic with crap voice makes sexy I suppose :P

13 January, 2008 02:26  

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