Recently I was talking with a fellow comedian, and he mentioned in passing there are certain shows he does not like to do.  When I asked which shows these were, he said shows with a large number of comics in the crowd.  I was curious as to why that was and he told me because they are more critical, and harder to make laugh.  Although I agree they are a tougher crowd, and I would not want to play for them every night, one of the biggest rushes I know of is to tell a joke that cracks up a comic.  Regardless of who is in the audience there will be nights you throw bricks. Hopefully these nights are few and far between, but it will happen.  There are a lot of reasons for this; your timing is off, you don’t feel well, the comic before you blew them away and now you have huge shoes to fill.  I have written a number of jokes for other comics that killed when they delivered them.  I would sit there and say, “Hey, maybe I should have kept that one.”  But the reality is, I saw a great comic deliver a good joke, and there is no way to tell if I would have been able to match their delivery skills with the same joke.  I have to admit it I have had nights when I could not buy a laugh, I tried.  One night I asked an audience member, “What would it cost me to get you to laugh? Okay… is there a lower dollar amount you might consider?”

My point is, every night try to bring you’re A game, whether there is one person or ten-thousand, and whether they are comics, or average hard working people.  We have to remember it is all about the audience, without regard as to who they are.