I Survived a Marathon Comedy Festival
Exactly one year ago on this day of writing, I was down and out.
This year, I’m not exactly fighting fit, but the same set of circumstances has pushed me the distance. But it didn’t floor me.
OK, OK, I’ll stop with the pugilistic metaphors — it’s not exactly knocking you out!
By April, with the help of the normal heavy steroid infusion, some recovery occurred, and I could just about drag myself into a wheelchair and be taken out of the house on ramps.
I returned to work — or at least I physically returned to work. The virtual me kept going. Fortunately, a lifetime in the creative arts can adapt to the travails of MS. I’d retired from the lucrative casting director part of my business years earlier (boo), but I could keep going with the creative part that I really loved (hurrah).
I only have to be physically present to direct my own satirical stand-up comedy show, “The Cutting Edge,” at London’s Comedy Store. It’s been in residency every Tuesday since the summer of 1990, so in the parlance of West End showbiz, it’s now in its 29th Glorious Year!
On May Day weekend, the problem was that we were booked for the second year running at a mini comedy festival run by a countryside pub just outside of London. So, that meant working on Sunday and Tuesday. Last year, it proved a gig too far.
It floored me!
This year, we were invited back and pulled a bigger audience. Word of mouth really works in a village.
Though exhausting, it hasn’t proved devastating.
I made it to my bedroom last night by midnight and sat for four hours recovering.
I never ran a marathon, but I now know what it feels like.
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