Nobody in their right mind chooses to become a comic. It’s scary, it’s weird and you probably won’t make a lot of money. So why on earth do I call myself a comedian?
I’ve always been an entertainer. When I was a little kid, I used to entertain my parents with a “show” that consisted of me tumbling around the living room until everybody laughed, or until I got sent to my room, whichever came first.
When I was 15 I performed my first stand-up comedy set, which is probably the only cool thing I ever did as a teenager. This was in Trets, France, at a Buddhist spiritual retreat my parents went to. On the last night of the retreat, everyone was incentivized to perform something. Naturally, I chose comedy.
I wrote some jokes the days prior as I only had 3 days to prepare. I felt nervous yet confident in my material. The night came, and the largest conference room in this building was turned into a giant performance room with a stage and at least 200 people.
Did my set, killed it.
Was it sympathy laughs? Was it an easy crowd? No, I’m simply that awesome.
But other than that one time, I never took action. I knew I was gonna be a comic, I just never took action. In fact I didn’t take action until early 2017, where I performed stand-up comedy at Blu Jaz Cafe in Singapore.
Now a grown 27-year old, I was nervous as fuck dude. I was so nervous, I went to the bathroom literately 5 times to take giant dumps. Who would have thought the human body has 5 dumps in it? I knew now.
But after I did my material, my love for comedy sparked up again.
Later that year, after I had moved back to my home country of the Netherlands, I started performing more regularly. Once every four months, then once every month, to once a week. By late 2019, I was performing 3 times a week on average and traveling all over the country to play.
My ambitions in comedy are clear: to perform daily and to make a living doing so. Or if you’re the dramatic type: to have a strong positive impact on people with my words and actions.
To some those ambitions are far out, to others they’re quite small. I think they’re just big enough to keep you interested…