I make it no secret that I wish I was Batman, and the reason for that was Adam West.
Enjoying the reruns of the 60’s Batman show was one of the highlights of my childhood. While other kids were out playing baseball, I was reading Batman comics, drawing Batman, trying to create my own Batman utility belt.
Fast forward to my early adulthood. I was a newbie, wanna-be comedian running my mouth occasionally at a comedy club in Waikiki.
I have a plethora of stories about how interacting with the audience went so very wrong for me in those early days. Variously, my inept attempts at crowd work were met with stone cold silence, frantic flashes of “the light” (the device meant to signal to a comic that his time on stage was over) and even a death threat.
But on one night early in my painful growth as a comedian, right in the front row [click to continue…]