It’s been over 24 hours since my jaw-droppingly successful stand-up comedy debut. I’m still basking in the afterglow.
People have asked me, “Were you nervous?” Oddly enough, no. The closer we got to showtime, the calmer I became. By the time I went on stage, my heart rate was like a marathon runner. I was cool as a cucumber. I could have piloted a fighter jet.
(Not that I have any technical skills to fly a plane, but fighter pilots tend to be cool, calm and collected – and usually I’m not like that at all. Seriously. My life is a DISASTER.)
Doing stand-up comedy is most people’s worst nightmare. Most people would rather rest their heads in the open jaws of an angry shark than stand up in front of 150 people and tell jokes.
And yet, for me, it seems that doing stand-up comedy is the one time in my life when I can feel totally relaxed.
Doing stand-up comedy was like an out-of-body experience. Ever since I decided to do this show, it’s like I’ve been guided by an external force, like I’m on a moving walkway at the airport. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to a religious euphoric state. When I was onstage, at the mic, under those lights, I was just a vessel for The Words. And the Words were: “flaccid penis.”
I tend to have semi-delusional, unrealistically high hopes. And yet, my first stand-up comedy show went far better than I had hoped.
So I want to do stand-up comedy again. And again. Will you help me? It will only take a few minutes. (Maybe less!)
Here’s what I need you to do. Do any of these statements describe you?
- You loved my stand-up comedy show…
- You couldn’t make it to the show, but would have loved to be there…
- You love my jokes on Facebook and Twitter…
Then I need your help.
Please do these two simple things:
- Like my Facebook Fan Page if you haven’t already.
- Share my Facebook page with 10 friends (or more). Think about people you know who might like my style of humor. Can you send them a quick note and ask them to Like my Page?
That’s all I need you to do.
You don’t need to spend money, get dressed, go anywhere or do anything. Just click a link and share it with a few friends.
Here’s why: 150 people came to my show at the Des Moines Social Club. If each of those 150 people tells 10 other people about me, I’ll have 1,500 new fans. If I have more fans, I can do more shows. Which then will lead to more fans.
I want to build my own audience of fans, starting with you. That will give me the platform and the permission I need to start doing more shows, bigger shows, bigger stages.
I want to see how far I can take this comedy thing. I think I have a knack for comedy. I think I have the passion to keep working at it, even when it’s hard. And I don’t have a “day job” anymore (I’m a freelance writer) so it will be easy to fit my comedy career into my existing workload.
Maybe you’re wondering:
“If I take 2 minutes out of my life to help Ben Gran get 10 new fans, what’s in it for me?”
Here’s what: If you help me find more fans, I’ll come do a show in your city.
I’d love to eventually get enough of a fan base where I can go on tour and do comedy shows in Omaha, Ames (IA), Kansas City, Denver, Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Knoxville (TN), Oskaloosa (IA) and Houston (TX). I already know lots of people in all of these places, and so do you.
We can do this! I want to steal your Facebook friends!
Give me attention! ATTENTION! *gnaws off own arm*
Tell more people about Ben Gran, Comedian on Facebook.