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STURGIS, SD - AUGUST 07: People cheer during a concert at the Full Throttle Saloon during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 7, 2020 in Sturgis, South Dakota. While the rally usually attracts around 500,000 people, officials estimate that more than 250,000 people may still show up to this year's festival despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

This past weekend marked the first live event for people to attend in the Queen City since the pandemic began and that event was the known as the “Live in the Lot” series that live nation has put together at the Fillmore.  The very first series featured myself as the headliner, Jesse Jones as the feature, and hosted by Jon Allis.  It was a 2 day event that was a live comedy show with limited seating that was also socially distanced.  The setup for the event was in the parking lot located in the front of the fillmore where the loading docks normally are but the way it was setup was a very nice setup.  The stage was built in less than 2 weeks, it had a back drop with The Fillmore name on it with a whole sound production crew, light production, and even a full bar.  If you were in your car on the street you wouldn’t have been able to see inside because they had a black covering over the gates that didn’t allow you to see inside.

The first night there I didn’t know what to expect because there wasn’t a lot of time to promote this show, I was asked to do the show a mere week and a half before the 1st show was supposed to begin.  Friday night went better than I expected, I didn’t know what to expect as far as how many people will show up or if there will be any technical issues, but nothing went wrong on this night.  The seating was limited to only 100 people and I’d say maybe 50 people showed up but they showed up ready to laugh and to have a good time.  Show started at 8pm and lasted until about 10 maybe a little before.  Everyone performed well that night and the crowd went home very satisfied.

Saturday night was the night that blew my mind I was honestly expecting there to be less people and not as good of an atmosphere.  I’m the type of comedian that doesn’t want to see the crowd before the show I don’t want to know what the numbers are because I feel like that will mess with my head if the number of people aren’t there that I want and I won’t perform the way I should.  So didn’t pay attention to any of that I just got to the venue went to the green room and when it was my turn to get on stage I just walked and to my surprise almost every seat was filled and they were ready to hear me speak.  From the time I got on the mic until the time I got off of the stage they were engaged, paying attention, laughing, and just enjoying themselves the whole time.  Some people even came up to me after the show not knowing what to expect from me and saying at the end of the show they were genuinely a fan.