“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” - Chuang Tzu
When the pandemic hit and the New York lockdown happened, I thought it was the end of the world, of my world as a working standup comic. I was terrified. There are still tear stains on my couch.
Entertainment has never been a stable profession. I've survived a lot of changes and uncertainty, but nothing like this. This is different. This is happening to all of us; all at once. I can't even begin to describe how much abject fear I felt. Every day I asked myself, "What am I going to do now?"
And then the world began transforming.
On December 31st, I'm getting to do something I never would've imagined pre-pandemic. On New Year's Eve I will be bicoastal!
ONE night. TWO shows. BOTH coasts!
At 8PM EST I'll be on Broadway Comedy Club's NYE Extravaganza! At 7PM PST/10PM EST, Comedy Oakland!
By the way, Comedy Oakland was one of the very first virtual shows I did early on in the pandemic before I even knew what I was doing. And so, it is fitting that this is how I close out 2020; with a club that showed me a way when I thought there was none.
So, if you have not made your New Year's Eve plans, maybe you'll spend the night with me and some talented and funny friends, who have weathered the storm.
"I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that."
- Linda Ellerbee