10/29/2012 6:55:00 AM
I'm starting to understand postpartum depression. After months of planning for the blessed event the birth of your child can leave you feeling alone and unequipped for raising a child. Having now birthed the 2nd comedy festival I feel lost. I took command of this one from start to finish and, now that it's over, I have no comics booked, no venues arranged, no stages sponsored and no tickets sold for the next one. I'm sleeping in, taking naps, and feeling like I should be doing work but I'm not sure what needs to be done.
Carole and I went used car shopping on Saturday. Her car has not had heat for almost 2 years and her reverse sometime just doesn't work. We should have replaced it a long time ago but neither of us had the time. We've now bought her a used car and traded in her old one and we did it all in a few hours which makes me wonder why we didn't get around to it before this. It also makes me wonder what else we didn't get done while we poured everything into the festival.
The Paws and Claws Gala on Friday night raised $80,000 for The Edmonton Humane Society and was sold out. The title sponsor, Coventry Homes, has asked me to take over the live auction for next year. They want me to arrange the kind of auction items I used to arrange for my own Laughing For Cancer Benefit which I ended after we reached our $1 million goal. I told them I would think about it because I know how much work goes into something like that having done it for 10 years.
My agent and I spoke for the first time in weeks about my career rather than the festival. We went over all my bookings for the next 3 months and I realized there's a few holes in that schedule that I would normally have filled with clubs but never got around to. I got on the phone to the Comedy Mix in Vancouver and booked a weekend in January but their initial reaction to my call was "Oh I thought you retired!"
I need to decide what I am. Am I a radio announcer? Am I a festival organizer? Am I a comedian? Am I a fundraiser? Can I be all 4 and still be a father and husband?