October 20th from the Diary of Rory Scovel
Last night was my first show in Vancouver. The club here is amazing. The crowd was a lot of fun and energetic and overall I am predicting this weekend of shows to be the perfect way to end this Canadian Adventure. I am just over the halfway point now in this trip. I am not sure if I will advance out of the first round in the Seattle Competition or not, which if I didn't I'd be home sooner, but I think I might stick around regardless and see a bit more of Seattle and watch the end of the contest. I'm never just out here on the west coast so I might as well see whats what while I can. Plus a lot of the comics in Seattle, all friends of Andy Haynes, were really nice guys and fun to hang out with. Yes, I mean that sexually. I am really looking forward to getting back to DC though. I really love that city. I love the people there and I love how the comedy scene is growing. Hopefully I will have something to return with that might be a small contribution. I look forward to seeing my friends and seeing them perform. Most standups evolve so much in their first 5 years that it will be really cool to come back and see the new material and new stuff thats going on with the comics. I definitely look at this standup pursuit much different after being in new places. It has really forced me to decide if this is truly what I want to do as a career. Its such a strange thing, you may put in all the shit hours and the shit shows and pay your dues only to find out you don't have what it takes to get to the next level anyways. I guess thats true in any line of work but I can only see it through my own situation. Being away for only 2 months has been a strange thing. I think it has definitely benefited me though and will hopefully make me a better standup. I think its important to constantly evolve and allow change to happen to your presentation and material and I really want that to be the end result for me. I am looking forward to seeing Chicago for a couple weeks and seeing what the comedy scene is like there. I hear so much about it all the time it will be good to finally get to see some improv/sketch/standup shows. I am nervous about the Seattle competition. I really want to represent the DC area well and I sort of look at it like that. I know we are all on our own in this business but when it comes to any comics from the DC area performing elsewhere, I always see it as representing your friends back home. So I hope I can make you guys proud.