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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach

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Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM
Comedy is a big game of waiting. You're always waiting. Thank the gods of comedy for iphones, droids, tablets and all that other tech that allow you to take advantage of waiting....for the fact is if you're in the biz of comedy you'll be waiting ooooh you will be waiting and waiting and waiting..., sometimes only to discover you have to wait more.

You'll find yourself waiting for a booker to respond to an email or call that you waited for the right time to make. Waiting for a venue to make a decision.
Waiting to do radio shows and interviews or waiting for an interview to be published.
Waiting for buses, trains, planes and automobiles to arrive or be serviced so you may continue waiting in traffic on a journey to an open mic or gig where you will wait to go on. If you're lucky you'll wait in your hotel room or a green room. Most times you wait at a table at the back of the bar passing the time with a waiter or a waitress while waiting for a crowd to show up.

You'll then wait for the show to begin and wait thru some opening acts or go on first as the mc and have to wait until the headliner finishes so you can end the show.

Then you'll wait to get paid, wait to see if the check clears. Wait for the next gig, wait, wait, wait...

Of course you wait to move up only to wait to catch a break or wait for your chance. Those can be long waits.

It always cracks me up when you ask a comic on the way up how he or she is doing and the response almost always goes to “Well I'm waiting for... (or) my mgr is waiting for....(fill in the blank) “ I get it, I smile.

So we wait. On the positive side I've always heard that 'good things come to those who wait'. One thing I know, real comics have that game down, we ARE those who wait.


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