Last night I was not working so I was able to go to Spirits for the whole night. As usual, a great time and a very fun atmosphere. I’m not much of a drinker but Wednesday nights at Spirits I make an exception and enjoy some beer. It’s so nice to have a place where comics from all over the city (and sometimes the world) can gather and relax together. The whole vibe of the place puts everyone is as good a mood as any decent comedian can be.

I did a set, thanks to the gracious Jo-Anna. I tried some of the material I’m preparing for Winnipeg (see previous blog entry) and even though it was late in the show and the crowd was tiring, it went over really well. So I suddenly have a boost of confidence about how the fest gala will go. Although generous, the Spirits crowd does not coddle. If they don’t like a joke, they certainly won’t feign enthusiasm for the act’s benefit. It means that you can get a pretty decent gauge of how it’s likely to work in front of a paying crowd. I also got a lot of compliments after the set from audience memebers and some of the young comics. It’s amazing, after all these years, I still get a charge when somebody says “Good set.” I guess it never goes away.