I started writing this new hour 6 months ago. That said, I am at the point where I have lost confidence in the approximately 40 minutes written so far.
I write to perform. I will not write anything unless I know I have an audience to hear it. so my initial step was to announce on twitter that I would be doing an hour at 4 pm at the Clubhouse (a self-funded community theatre where over a hundred shows go up a month and there is no screening process to get booked). In Los Angeles, there is a surprising daytime draw for shows because everyone is working weird hours and even if one interested person shows up to listen, that can be more valuable than a 5 minute set in a bar at 10 pm. Also, if I haven’t made it clear throughout my career, I’m a bit sleepy and prefer to go to bed if I’m not being paid.
After setting the weekday afternoon shows at the Clubhouse (again- sometimes for only one or two people), I write down a bunch of new premises in my notebook – just an idea or a paragraph- enough stuff to fill an hour. Even if it’s crap. And it may be crap for a while. One thing that helps me let whatever I put there be garbage for a long time (and some would argue even after recorded for television purposes), is the idea that, at the very least, my shitty effort might inspire a voice more important than mine- someone who says to themselves, “she’s terrible, I might as well try!”
Here is the list of premii that I came up with 6 months ago. Some of it has shrunk from the initial vision, but here are the one word summaries I use to remember them.
Cannot kill him
Why so good?
Seducing my husband
Social justice fantasies
U of MN commencement
Beating the Christians
Sharing and caring
There are a few more that are a lot weaker and haven’t made the cut of a set list:
Cold Brew high
Is there anything else I can do for you?
That’s it for today. Just a list of ideas and I guess the next few days I’ll write out for you the what exactly I want to say with them (or am already saying).