Stand-up last night did not go well. Basically my first time I walked away not feeling good about a performance. The crowd was sparse and dead. At first I owned it all until I realized it was happening to everyone. Even Tom, who always rocks, was practically having to stand on his head to get a response.
So I feel fine about it now. And I still love performing.
(But my rookie mistake was--because I wasn't getting much of a response from the audience I sped up and talked at the speed of light. Hard to do but I managed.)