Redding was the first city on the docket, but her regular opener missed his connecting flight. I've done a couple shows at the same venue with Jake Daniels (who runs a weekly Wednesday night show at Win River Casino), a comedy producer in Redding. In their scramble to find a last-minute replacement, they reached out to Jake, he called me up and we were in business.
Amy was very nice, and she didn't have to be. She's out doing a national tour, selling out theaters, and promoting her Comedy Central show, and I was a last-minute local fill-in in the middle of nowhere. When I run into her in the future, and remind her that we did a show together, I'll bet she'll even be nice enough to pretend to remember me.
The show was sold out, with over 900 people in attendance. That's about three times the size of any crowd I'd performed in front of previously. The room was was long and narrow. Those seated in the back were at least 200 feet away from the stage. For those of you familiar with my stand-up, you know that I'm not a guy who moves around a whole lot. I'm more of a stand-in-one-spot-and-talk guy. This was the first time I've ever been onstage and felt like I needed to be "bigger."
My part of the show went decently. As an opener, your job is to bring the next comic up to an excited, energetic crowd. It was an ok set for me, but I did my job. And as Amy took the stage, she said, "You were funny." which is the equivalent of acknowledging that I was, in fact, an actual comedian.
All in all, it was a good experience
An hour after the show, we ran into each other at a gas station. And you know what, guys? She totally remembered me.