It was a SCARY MOMENT…
First of all, you know I ain’t no damn Stephen King, so no spooky story here. Ok, but do you remember that scene from The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy had to throw that bucket of water on that mean ass witch? Well…I had MY “scary moment” backstage during this year’s PRIDE.
OK what had happened was, this year I challenged myself to do ‘stand up’ comedy for the big Pride Coke Cola stage at Piedmont Park for the annual Starlight Cabaret show! Why not? Pride isn’t just about hooking up and letting someone taste your rainbow, but it’s also about being PROUD of who you are. And this year, I’ve sort of become a stand up comedian. “WHAT THE HELL was I thinking? That crowd wanted some upbeat music, not no damn talking!” I thought to myself while backstage in the wings watching Kat Graham.
Side note, I LOVE the character she plays on Vampire Diaries as the witch, Bonnie. She’s very convincing too…I mean, earlier I wanted to interview her for my report, but I stayed out her damn way because I didn’t want to be turned into a bullfrog or something. I also wanted to ask her for Whatshisname’s phone number who plays the main love-interest vampire, Stefan Salvatore. I wanted to offer him to take a bite of this chocolate neck right quick.
Anyways! Fast forward back to the now, Bonnie, I mean KAT, is on that stage dancing her ass off and to a very hyped and welcoming crowd. She seemed to be friends with Atlanta drag entertainer, Alissah Brooks, who was asked to join her on stage… (hmmm, I wonder if Alissah has that vampire Stefan’s number).
Ok, so she just finished. Two more entertainers before I go on. Yikes! I mean, not only am I nervous but I have to follow Ms. Graham! I started worrying, then the inevitable negative thoughts started rushing in just like when Dorothy kept saying “Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My”, but my version was “What if they give me CRICKETTS, CHURPS or worse, SILENCE, OH SHIT!” But my inner voice, the one we all have that’s always at peace despite the storm of negative energy we sometimes create, said to me “You got this Brent. Go out there and make them laugh, you know it has been a mini dream of yours”.
Wait…they just announced my name!
“Lord I hope they like my jokes!” I thought to myself before realizing…”Oh shit, where’s the microphone?!!!” as my heart starts beating faster. Luckily, emcee Timothy ran over and gave it to me just in time. The crowd laughed at my first joke.. Thank God! After that, the comedian in me took over and finished it.
Taking that risk was a very scary moment, but afterwards I felt a glow of gleeful relief…as if I just popped out a baby. Actually, it was the best feeling in the world! (Sorry Stefan).