ImprovBoston is a pretty small theater, and certainly not known for being a stand-up venue. Why choose that, as opposed to a more traditional comedy club in town?
You know, at the risk of sounding anything, it's a good place to fail. It feels very safe. It's a good place to try something for the first time, or the second time. It feels like a safe environment in which to experiment. I did stand-up there once, and my biggest concern about doing stand-up there was that the audience was too eager to laugh. I couldn't really read them. I didn't know if I was funny or if they were just so excited I was there that they were being generous. I've had that experience at places that don't really have — at the risk of sounding immodest — gods. No national acts. I am a national act. I had a TV show and I've been on Letterman — how many times, do you think?
On Letterman? I'm going to go with at least 52 times.
Nine. So close. Nine times. You'd think they'd want to make it an even 10, but for some reason, unless you have something you want to plug, they won't have you on the show. Or unless you're a very sexy young actress, because he's a flirt, Letterman. I once got bumped from the show because he was flirting with Julia Roberts. Another time I got bumped because there was a fly in the studio and he was so preoccupied with this insect, he forgot about me. I would've liked to have been a fly on the wall. I might have gotten on TV.
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