Thoughts on CD/DC


CD/DC was last night. This is the show that we’ve been talking about behind-the-scenes since last January as Famous Jim Williams started mapping out the monthly comedy shows here in Wroclaw. Knowing that my 10th anniversary of living in Poland was happening in August, I thought it would be fun to work towards an hour’s worth of material and mark the occasion with a big show. It just serendipitously worked out that the show was on the actual day I arrived a decade before.

We had 80 people attend last night. Considering that this is an English event during the summertime (why would I want to be in a dark basement when I can sit outside in the sun and have a beer?) in a college town where the majority of young people are gone until October, I’m thrilled with this number. It was a fantastic crowd.

Mleczarnia continues to be a great venue. The staff has been incredibly cool and helpful, and there’s something about that cellar with the brick walls that seems to validate the whole experience. It’s by far my favorite place to work.

Considering that this was the first time I was headlining and doing a full hour’s worth of material, I was surprised at how relaxed I was. Keep in mind, I’ve gotten myself worked up for hours over 5 minutes of material. In fact, up until the very second Famous Jim Williams called me up on stage I was talking to some people in the back of the room. You know, instead of banging my head on a wall. So, that’s progress.

I stayed in the moment throughout, so it wasn’t a blur when it was over. I went off script a few times just to see where I’d go. I found a good balance between the one-liners and the longer jokes – something that had been bothering me for a while. I was honest up there. I was myself. I honestly think that – after a year of trying – I finally left a tip.

This was the best I’ve ever been. And now I need to work harder to get even better.

There are a few people I’d like to thank:

Dr. Sean Murray, one of my oldest friends, was kind enough to take time out of his schedule and make the CD/DC poster. I loved the poster immediately, as it conveyed both ridiculous and epic, and more importantly, made us look cooler than we’ve ever been. Thanks, Sean.

Lukasz “Lou” Mally took on the task of translating our press release material from English to Polish. Not only did he do this, but he’s been a mainstay in our audience from the very beginning, and I’ve always been grateful for his support. Thanks, Lou.

Derrek Carriveau has been on this comedic adventure from the start, but more importantly, he’s been on the Polish adventure for nearly as long as I have. Sixteen years ago I met Derrek at a bar in Ybor City for a job and neither of us could possibly know how bizarre our lives were going to become from our friendship. Derrek opened the show with 30 minutes of great material and it’s been a pleasure watching him grow on stage. Thanks, Derrek.

Famous Jim Williams, the man who made the show happen. The evolution of his work and branding over the last year has been nothing short but astounding. There was no identifiable comedy scene in Wroclaw until he brought it to life, and I’ve been proud to be a part of it. Jim hosted our show and kept it all together. Thanks, Jim.

And most importantly, thank you to everyone who has taken a chance on us and attended our events. I know that dropping money to watch a bunch of people on stage trying to make you laugh (especially in a language not your own) can always be a risky proposition, and I’m honored that you’ve taken time out of your Sunday nights to join us. Thank you!

Season Two starts in October. See you then.

Written by

Christian A. Dumais is an American writer, humorist and public speaker living in Wrocław, Poland. He has published fiction, journalism, and academic articles in several magazines and journals such as GUD, Shock Totem and Ha!Art. His first collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, was published in 2009. He also created, edited, and contributed to Cover Stories, a euphictional anthology of 100 stories inspired by songs, which was published in 2010. His most recent book is SMASHED: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk.

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