My Date with Destiny – @kitkatarabia Stand Up Comedy

It is only outside our comfort zone that we discover our true potential. By allowing ourselves to be vulnerable in the face of an unknown challenge, we gravitate towards attaining an understanding of who we are and what we are capable of.

Have you ever thought yourself capable of standing before a crowd? Public speaking is peoples greatest fear, it even trumps death on the list of phobias.

I decided to step out of my comfort zone one time a few months ago and try my hand at stand up comedy. I have been making friends laugh for as long as I can remember, whether it was through anecdotes or childish behavior. This was different in that I was standing before strangers for the first time trying to elicit a smile. You can read more on that experience here, as it was published in Bazaar Magazine last month.

After that, I had an itch I could not scratch. Being my first performance there were several things to work on, but the most important discovery of the evening was that people actually, genuinely laughed. I needed to do it again, to get back on that stage and feel that rush once more.

Then a friend told me of this:kitkatcomedybreak

The gist of it is the Arab World was trying to find its comedian, with the help of the judges:

The judges

And I knew I had to try.

Enter some really mediocre skills on Windows Movie Maker, and I managed to snip the most laugh-inducing 3-minutes of my performance.

I waited and waited for a comment to pop up from the judges, and as if waiting for the results of a crucial examination, time seemed to stretch forever. When I did receive a notification that a comment was posted, my heart jumped to my throat, my feet felt like lead, my hands were clammy, I was a mere click away from finding out what established comedians in the business thought of my impromptu performance.

Here is what they had to say:

Ali Al Sayed comment on my video

I appreciated the feedback but felt morose, everybody asks for criticism but is rarely able to accept it in a constructive manner. It was amazing how he applied the sandwich approach of leadership, where you start off with a compliment, followed by a criticism, and then another compliment. It was much appreciated.

The second judge to comment on my video had me elated though:

Tony-abou-jaoudeh comment on my video

Sunday April 14th is the date when the judges make their final decision regarding who will compete at the finals.

Here is my submission:

What do you think?

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