Obviously, I can't be super objective about my own show, though also obviously I booked it so I'm gonna like it. So, first I'm gonna heap praise on everyone on it and then I'm gonna tell you guys what it was like getting this all set up and going.
Petey DeAbreu was my host. I'd met him fairly randomly and watched him be funny under difficult circumstances, plus he's someone one of my favorite hosts wholeheartedly endorsed as a great emcee and he was right. Petey did a fantastic job connecting with the small crowd and getting them ready to be better than a lot of larger audiences I've seen. Bay area visitor Matt Lieb courageously took the bullet and totally got them, then hung out and helped fill the room with his great laugh for everyone else. LA visitor Matty Goldberg not only got dressed up in a fricken suit jacket (or half dressed up, as he put it) he totally amused everyone with tales of when he used to live next to a gang in Brooklyn. Casey Balsham was her typically charming self, cracking everyone up before she even delivered the premise by turning to embarassedly face the wall before telling a joke about accidentally touching her butt while wiping. My first NYC girl crush Krystyna Hutchinson was awesome as per ushe. Robby Slowik's uncharacteristic seated set was exactly the right energy for the small group, so they were completely on board when he closed with his "offensive" jokes about homophobia and slavery. And Berg.. I mean Aaron Berg was fricken great as always.
So.. this was my first show all on my own, in a city where I have almost zero "civilian" friends. I had the upside of free reign to book whoever I goddam wanted and the downside of being totally responsible for getting people to show up without having lovely co-producers with tons of friends to invite to pad the room. I considered it kind of an experiment and hopefully it'll grow into proof of concept that you can do things that way. I posted it everywhere online I could find, pounded the LIC pavement with flyers and even continued trying to bark people in an hour ahead of the show (though I got a little distracted by Mike Recine's recipe for crispy hash browns). Net result? Five people. Enough to warrant going ahead with the show, but not exactly the overwhelming "See, you don't have to lure suckers in with promises of people 'from Comedy Central, Letterman and MTV!'" I have envisioned. But they were the coolest five people ever, just on board for everything. Luckily, the Devil is a cool place who are supportive of this little endeavor I'm working on, so if I can get five more people that awesome next time (and then five more and five more after that), I'll feel pretty good. And luckily they were such a cool crowd I felt a little less guilty for asking some of my favorite comedians (and people) to have to perform in front of them.