What's the challenge?
To do a stand up comedy show.
What are you afraid of?
Rejection from the audience and embarrassment.
How was the experience?
I don't know more than 3 jokes in my life and I only know them in Spanish, so when my friend Joaquin suggested that I do stand up comedy as one of my fears, my immediate reaction was: no way! Then, I realized that I needed to face it. That's when I contacted The PIT, a really cool place to do stand up here in NYC, recommended by my wedding crasher friend, Joanna. Luckily, they liked my project and invited me to join their Friday night lineup! So I got really excited and immediately really (deeply) nervous. I had two days to prepare my script and make some strangers laugh! I was freaking out! I couldn't sleep for those two nights but I knew my script was not too bad, my jokes were ok and the GIF's I did where kinda hilarious. I practiced like crazy but still took my notes on stage with me and my "LAUGH (please)" sign – which I did not use! Nerves started calming down once I started to hear others comedians speak so confidently to the audience, then, it was pure excitement about going on stage and telling my jokes. When the moment came, I started with my shaky-I-don't-belong-here voice, but little by little I started to feel more and more confident about my presence so my voice stabilized. People were laughing since my first poop joke! I didn't know if they were trying to be nice or if they really thought I was funny. That definitely gave me the confidence to keep going and even expand a little bit on shorter jokes I planned. I had a great time on stage and by the end I just wanted to keep going!!! Very thankful for this opportunity and glad I did it at The PIT with such an amazing crew, lineup and audience!!!