Today I performed with some local comics (who perform non-locally, too) that I really respect. They are funny, bright and going places. I was asked to audition with 7 others for a chance to open for Tom Papa when he appears locally. I didn’t win and didn’t expect nor deserve to. But I felt for the first time like I held my own and belonged in the room. It was a great feeling and I even tried out a new joke on the spot that killed. Now I’m eating bean chips and salsa (only because we ran out of pita chips). It feels like a milestone.