Greetings and salutations from the Norwegian GETAWAY. I'm officially a cruise ship comedian!
So far this has been an interesting experience.
Firstly this is the inaugural voyage of the ship, so it's not a usual cruise. I've been on board almost a week but we've only left port (in New York) once. And that was just for a day so a bunch of travel agents could see what the ship was about so they could push reservations. Now we are docked here for the Superbowl and the ship has pretty much become a hotel for a few days.
We will leave here in about 4 more days for the Bahamas and then dock in Miami.
I've only had 2 shows so far. The first was awkward because I was too in my head about it. I had always heard that cruise shows are very strict as far as what can be said and that you need to have two different shows. So the first time I did my show I had put together a set that was a mishmash of a lot of old "clean" jokes. The crowd was kind, but not overly responsive. Then the next night, the other headlining comic, Ralph Harris did his show - and he has done A LOT of cruise shows - and it killed. I saw what he did and how he did it and realized, "Oh, I don't have to be as restricted as I thought."
So tonight I did my second show (though there was only about 9 people there - a big Bud Light show was happening at the same time) and it was sooooo much better. Why? Because I just did my regular act. Obviously no cussing or "dirty" talk, but it was fine.
So now I feel that I know what to do and I'm so much more relaxed.
Anyway, I was out late so I'm about to pass out. G'night.