You’ve been through this before. You already knows the answer. “It happens to everyone.” “Imagine everyone in their under pants.” You’ve tried everything, but you’re still paralyzed from stage fright.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ve been acting for years in a troupe and it still happens to me from time to time. My aim in writing this post is not to make you feel any better about stage fright. It is, however, aimed at trying to make you laugh a little bit about this thing that we all have. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the read.
My Stage Fright
Back in college, I was part of a small student club that did improv shows from time to time in the theatre on campus. They were historically well attended, and people usually enjoyed the shows. I was getting good at improv, and I was building my confidence.
I had had issues with stage fright before, but now that I was a proud junior in college, I thought that those sentiments were behind me. Never could I have been more gravely mistaken.
It was our final improv show of the semester. We were all feeling pretty good about it. We advertised really well and, as a result, the night of the performance had a packed house.
I was feeling a little nervous behind the curtains, but I had no idea what was coming.
It was my turn to lead an act. I went to yell out the rules and my voice cracked. For some reason, I felt woozy. I froze. And then I sharted.