After 12 years and something like 800 performances, I may have reached the pinnacle of my improv career Friday night.
Tantrum got to perform at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council. We had a captive, energetic audience of over 1,500 people.
Our show was at The Midland, on the same stage where Jerry Seinfeld had just performed the night before.
It was the largest crowd I’ve ever entertained, and the largest and best venue I’ve ever played.
And we were ON. Just a tremendous show.
Instead of running onto a small intimate stage, we waited--music cranked--for the enormous curtain to be lifted.
Instead of entertaining a few dozen family, friends, and fellow improvisers, we were making more than 1,500 very intelligent people laugh big and laugh often.
It was quite a rush, and of course it was over too soon.
And that, in retrospect, is the bittersweet part of it. Realizing that these opportunities don’t come along very often, that we may never do such a great show for such a big room again...it’s not hyperbole to say that Friday night may have been a once-in-a-lifetime gig.
Damn, was it fun.
P.S. This happens to be my 200th post on this here blog. It took less than seven months to get through the first hundred, and almost seventeen months to get through the next hundred. Thanks to all of you who still check in, even though my output isn’t what it used to be.