The weather is warming up and I’m starting to get home sick and restless. I come by my wanderlust honestly, both of my parents were travelers and I grew up moving around a lot. So far, I have built a life that prioritizes freedom over any nesting impulse I might have had. I don’t, for example, own a single pot or pan. I am as much in love with the “road” element of being a “road comic”as I am with the title “comic.”
New York is the place to be to get better at stand-up comedy. The expectations are high, there is plenty of stage time, you meet the people you need to meet to go to the next level. 2-5 min spots are great for crafting jokes, but not for other skills. I need to learn to build rapport, do crowd work, and find my elusive “voice.” (I still have no idea what that means, but I’ve been told….I will.) It’s important to not isolate myself during this development process. I need to get out.
I put together the Pink Collar Comedy Tour. In my mind, this was going to be an epic 2-3 month cross country tour in a Winnebago, with a film crew, and probably a pony. I started booking rooms a year in advance. I built the tour around Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC….before I had, you know, other comics. Or, frankly, any idea what I was doing. When I started asking for commitments from comics I admired and wanted to tour with, they balked at the “2 months” idea. I calmed down a little and limited the tour to 26 days, or one month’s rent.
Three brave souls, Carrie Gravenson, Erin Judge, and Abbi Crutchfield signed on. So far we are booked in Charleston SC, Wilmington NC, Raleigh NC, Carrboro NC, Ashville NC, Timonium MD, Columbia MD, Philadelphia PA. We are still adding dates. Erin is donating her car. We are staying with friends/family most of the way.
There were a lot of logistical issues/moving parts to sort out: getting the comics, a photographer, publicity plan, travel plan, housing etc. And honestly, I wasn’t sure what I was doing most of the time. I’m still pretty much just making things up as I go. We will be blogging on the road, and I’m sure we will run into our fair share of misadventures.