Tuesday, March 18 2014, 08:58 AM MDT
Web Exclusive: Bombing on Stage
SHAUNA LAKE: Was there ever a time Keith that you stood up and just completely bombed?
KEITH STUBBS: Oh absolutely.
SHAUNA LAKE: And what does that feel like?
KEITH STUBBS: It feels horrible. I opened for Salt-N-Pepa.
SHAUNA LAKE: “Push it.”
KEITH STUBBS: Yeah, when they were hot, Salt-N-Pepa when they were wearing the hockey jerseys, and I was asked to open for them in Sacramento, California. I thought this is great, and the radio station thought you would be perfect. You have got a little vibe to you. You should open for Salt-N-Pepa. There were ten thousand people there. It was at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, and as I walked out onto the stage, with all these people out there, I walked out, and I was getting booed.
SHAUNA LAKE: You hadn’t even opened your mouth yet?
KEITH STUBBS: I had not opened my mouth. So I went, “Hey. How’s everybody doing?” Nothing. So then I tried a joke, “Boo.” So then I came back, “Are you guys excited for Salt-N-Pepa? They’re going to be great!” People clapped. I try another joke, “Boo.” So I went back one more time and I said, “Hey how about Salt-N-Pepa?” they cheered again. So I said okay I’m going to try one more joke. I tried one more thing, nothing, I was out of there. It was horrible.
SHAUNA LAKE: Did you feel dejected?
KEITH STUBBS: Oh I felt totally dejected.
SHAUNA LAKE: As a comic do you take stuff like that personally?
KEITH STUBBS: Oh absolutely even though I know it wasn’t my fault. There are times when it’s the comedian’s fault, but that time there was no way. I was getting booed before I had the chance to do something not funny. It was not…but I’ll tell you it takes time to work through those. It depends on how big a show is for you. Like if it’s a small tiny show, you can get over it quicker, but a big event, a couple thousand people, it may take some time to work that out. But normally you have to cleanse the pallet. So you want to get back on the stage as soon as possible. So if you have a bad set, a bad experience, the best way to get through that is to get back on stage, ride the ship, have a good show, and then you can forget what happened before.
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