So people keep asking me “Hey Leo, how did it go?”
This is my answer,
It was a special night. Sitting behind the stage, sharing skittles, encouraging each other and truly meaning it. That was special. While we all wanted each other to do our absolute best, each of us zoned out preparing to perform whether that meant pacing, writing on paper, looking at a phone, or inhaling skittles (me)..
Am I disappointed that I didn’t make it in the top 3? Yeah, I worked really freaking hard on my set.
Am I disappointed that I didn’t win first place? Yes, like I said, I worked really freaking hard on my set, geesh.
I had a full circular joke, multiple call backs, references to the venue, references to the competition and my set was more than jokes, it was a part of me that I shared. But actually I’m okay with not winning, because I guess I have to be… because thats how competitions work. right? If you dont win, you lose, right? right? and when you lose…you cry.right?.and when tears aree comming doown its harddd to typpe. and thinnggs start to fall apartttttttttt and then you write a blog about how you will do better next year BECAUSE THATS A GREAT IDEA.
If I’m not on Saturday Night Live by this time next year, then plan on this….Me, rolling to wherever the Finals are or walking (it’s possible), talking for about 15 minutes, picking up a trophy or a crown or both and a $1000.00 check, and then giving an accaptance speech similar to this:
I want to thank God, my dad, my mom (who I truly believe is in heaven) I love you mom. I miss you so much, my family, my friends, all my fans, and the judges I guess (eye roll) goodnight.
If you are a comedian and you are considering the UCC, do not hesitate. The UCC has forced me to get better in order to compete with other great talent. I feel like I have grown in my writing as well as my performing. The Idiot Box is a really fun atmosphere, everybody is really supportive and not everyone is as competitive as me. If you are a fan of comedy then you should definitely put this on your calendar. Comics from all over NC come to share their style and their original material. I have made new friends, networked, performed in multiple cities, created short films, joined writing groups and have made some incredible memories all through the UCC.
See you next year, Lord willing.