We had an 80+ mile drive this morning. Bummer.
The good news was we were getting out of Michigan. The other good news is that we had a 6:00 a.m. call instead of a 5:30 a.m. call since it is an hour earlier in Indiana.
This was a big relief since I didn't get to bed until late after the movie last night.
It was a chilly day; mostly it was cloudy, but the sun managed to peek out a few times.
Audience turn out was good, although there were tons of crickets inside the tent that chirped non stop.
I joked that now the other performers would know how Ryan and I feel on a daily basis!
Despite the crickets, we did alright today; the kids were loving our gags.
We had a great BBQ tonight with Danny and Tavana joining the usual crew. The only downside was that it got downright cold tonight.
What the hell happened to summer!!??
Sunday, August 30: Lowell, IN-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
We had a nice, short 18 mile jump today. We were on a very tight lot, but it was nice.
Once again the weather was chilly.
Dan, Ryan, and I had breakfast at a great little place this morning. They even took music requests and piped in some Michael Buble for us, the only customers, to listen to.
There was a laundromat right across the street from the lot, so I got to take care of my dirty clothing needs; always a plus.
We had a good sized crowd for the first show. Ryan and I were excited because the new Spectacle issue came out and had a review of our show. A few of the acts, including us, got some nice comments, some of the show...not so much.
I was just excited that we got such a cool photo spread, and Ernest Albrecht wrote something in his opening letter of the issue that will make a great promo blurb for us.
The other highlight of the article, for me anyway, was that Ernie said that Ryan has put on weight since he last saw him.
I found this hilarious, and since I am such a great friend, I kept making fat jokes to Ryan for the whole sink gag.
The America's Own gang naturally picked up on this and made it an all day affair.
Beth Grimes came to the second show, for which we had a small crowd. Surprisingly, we got good laughs for the gags, despite there being so few people.
There was no hula hoop act, so the sink gag happened right after Raul's potato clown gag. The really surprising thing was that the audience was still laughing for us, even though they saw two clown gags in a row.
After the shows we went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner, just to do something different from the normal evening cook out.
When the tent was being put up today, a stake disrupted an underground cable which messed up phone and Internet service for part of the city.
After tear down all the way until morning there were phone company workers digging in the area with heavy machinery.
I don't know if they fixed the problem, but they sure tore everything up!
Monday, August 31: Watseka, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We were on a lot with overgrown grass located behind a Wal Mart today.
When I went to peruse the store later in the day, I rented a movie from the Red Box in the Wal Mart lobby.
I ended up just wasting my money, because I didn't really get a chance to watch it today, and I had to return it before the store closed at 10:00 p.m.
Yesterday, Ryan started working on one of our props for next year. He didn't have a source for foam then, so he cut a chunk out of his mattress. Today he was able to stock up on foam and paint.
We had good sized crowds for the shows. They weren't much on clapping, which made me nervous during our audience warm ups, but they were big on laughing for our gags.
I had a great Intermission for the second show, and to top it all off, the sink gag was fantastic. We haven't had that good of an audience reaction since we played the Amish town in Ohio.
We got to improvise a little and ended up making each other crack up, which made the audience laugh even more.
It was a nice refresher from some of the audiences we have had in the past couple of weeks.
Tonight the sun was gone by the start of the second show; a definite sign that we are getting out of summer (although it never really happened on this show!).
The post show BBQ was great; we were all cracking each other up the whole time. It was a good cap to the day.
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