Jan McInnis – The Work Lady®

“You want me to perform comedy where?”

Comedy In Strange Situations – an excerpt from my book

“Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades

of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs”

Part 2

–By Jan McInnis, Comedian and Keynote Speaker

I got another chance to do some comedy spins at an event a few years later, but instead of the floor spinning, it was just me! The company that hired me said that since there would be more than 1,000 people in attendance, they wanted to make sure everyone could see the comedian. So they put me on a pedestal in the middle of the room, with people sitting all around me, and asked me to spin while I told jokes. I’ve always wanted to be put on a pedestal— figuratively, not literally. I didn’t know about the spinning until I arrived at the event, and the client kept asking me before the show, “So do you think this is okay?” I refused to say yes because I didn’t want to take the blame for it, so I just responded, “I’ll try it.” I did end up having a lot of fun with it, and even though the comedy show went very well, I would not recommend spinning comedy. This is when I decided that being a famous comedian would come in really, really handy because I could put my foot down and demand that I not spin. But I needed the money and I’m not famous, so spin I did!

Of course there are stationary room setups that are not conducive to comedy either. Try telling jokes in the basement ballroom of a fancy hotel with posts placed throughout the room. I started off trying to dodge in between them and around them and beside them, until I finally blurted out, “I went to college so I didn’t have to get a job dancing around a pole!” It got a big laugh and I got to acknowledge the situation I was in.  At least everyone in the room was experiencing my “pole dance,” so it was funny and the comedy show still rocked!

You Want Me To Perform Comedy Where – Part 3