Last night, while standing beside a concert stage on the USS Iowa Battleship waiting to perform for a jam packed and amped out crowd of both retired and active american troops celebrating Labor Day with the USO. About to follow a KISS cover band that was crushing it. Their closing number was a sing along called, “I wanna rock and roll all night!” The lead singer grabbed the mic and yelled, “Thank you San Pedro! Good night!” Somebody in the crowd yelled, “Two more songs!” then everybody started chanting it. The Emcee went up and said, “Sorry folks but we’ve got to keep the show going…Your next act is a comedian and a magician”. A few people started to Boo, then somebody yelled, “Kill the comedian!” and that was my introduction. The next 15 minutes that followed were what I consider to be Magic. I had to convince them to stay, watch and cheer to keep the show going for the next band. Where some might consider it work, I consider it doing what I love. Winning over an audience is not easy but I learned long ago, to show no fear, go up there with a lot of charisma and have fun. I’m honestly not sure when I got them on my side but in the end, I had everybody chanting “Thegreatomar…dot com!” As I walked off stage feeling like a rockstar…and that’s my battleship labor day story.
6 years ago, I was invited to be the featured act for an entire week at a Comedy Club in Texas for a total of $500. Although the pay wasn’t so great and travel pay wasn’t covered, I accepted the gig. Making the best of it by deciding to chalk it up to experience. I hopped onto my 4 door Sedan and drove for 10 hours straight. Soon as I made it into town, I checked into my free room then sped over to the club. I made it just in time for the first show and knocked it out of the park. 5 days and 10 shows later, I made a few dozen fans and drove back home satisfied with my choice to experience the road comic scene. Fast forward to today, a fan of mine left me 5 of the kindest most heartfelt messages.
In short she said, “My boyfriend and I were on our first date when we saw you perform in Texas…you really made our night. Afterward he pulled out a $100 wedding ring which was all he could afford at the time and asked me to marry him. All of his friends laughed at him but I thought it was the sweetest thing in the world. We’ve been happily married ever since and I just want to thank you for everything you did then and everything you do now with your funny posts and inspirational videos”.
I was seriously in shock, because here I am going through my own trials, searching for something to shake it off and she sends me this heartfelt testimonial. This is exactly what I needed to hear. That trip to Texas was one of the best choices I could have ever made. Congratulations to the happy couple, may you celebrate 60 more years of happiness and prosperity. Salud!