The promise of a huge crowd, perhaps 400-500 punters. The in-laws coming to see me for the first time. (It's always more nervy performing to people you know).
One thing I've learned, is never try a guess what a gig will be like. Inevitably, it won't be as good, or sometimes, as dreadful. Expect the unexpected.
It was a large venue right enough and it could hold around 500. Truth was, when the comedy was on, it was nearly empty. Any that had come to see, had come to see the bands. And even they all stood at the back, at the bar.
I'd rather do my set to 15-20 that had come to watch comedy, than 100 that couldn't give a fuck that you were there, in fact, considered you to be an irritation.
We weren't able to go on the stage, due to the bands noisily setting up behind us. We were on the floor in front of the stage. The sound was crap and you could barely be heard above the chatter at the bar. There was a light set up staright in your face.
Aparat from that?
It was good to catch up with some old comedy friends, and made some new ones.