I have been having a great time out here in Aspen. Its been fun and difficult at the same time. For instance, the audience here is hard to read. I said a few times to a few different people that one of the biggest parts of stand up is knowing how to read your audience. “Know your audience” the adage goes. Its knowing that what plays in New York, isn’t gonna play in Kentucky. Doing 20 minutes about the subway might just get you lynched (although it would take less than that for me I’ve heard).
BUT, the thing about the Aspen audience is that they are from all over the country. That makes them difficult to figure out in 7 minutes. Of course, having solid inpenetrable material would help, too bad for me.
I think that’s just part of performing here. I’ve notcied that the gap between how I felt about a set and the feedback I get from random audience members is wide. I haven’t really felt great about every set, but people have complimented me on the street. People I don’t know that don’t owe me anything have complimented me. Those are the people I care about the most. Strangers who like to laugh. It good to hear I made them laugh a little. Helps me sleep at night. That, and the horse tranquilizers.