When I was a junior at Spruce Creek High School in 1993, I performed in the Mr. and Mrs. Spruce Creek pageant, a talent competition. Many of the competitors danced or sung or performed other performing arts. I did a stand-up routine.
I didn’t want the audience to know that it was a comedy routine, so we called it “Piano Surprise”. I wore a full tuxedo with tails, and sat down at the piano. I played a few chords of Beethoven’s Fifth, then stopped. I tried again, and then a third time. Finally, I picked up the microphone that was sitting on the piano, turned to the audience, and said, “Who am I kidding? I don’t know how to play the piano.”
I don’t remember a single joke that I did. I do remember the laughs. I didn’t win first place (Rich Fromm, you dirty bastard), but I did snag second.
And tonight, I get the chance to do it again. I only have five minutes and I’m appearing with people who have been doing this for a lot longer and are much more practiced than I am, but I’m looking forward to getting up in front of 300+ people and hopefully making them laugh.
I’m eager, I’m excited, and I’m nervous as hell.
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