i said an untested joke¹ about tampons² during a show last night and it was well received. after the week i’ve had, i’ll gladly take it.
1 - i don’t normally like doing untested material when i’m on a booked show; i prefer to have driven it around an open mic or two. i see comics think of something in the green room and immediately say it on stage. i’m envious of their chutzpah and i hope i develop enough faith in my joke writing skills to do that, but for now, i have to focus group it at a mic.
2 - i was worried that the subject matter was too girly. sometimes i can see dudes in the audience tune me out before i even speak; i figure just saying the T-word would make them run from the room. but i really felt like my premise was funny without alienating anybody. does it bug me that i’m concerned with whether or not dudes laugh at my jokes? yeah, a little. i mean, i’ve yet to tone down any of my material because of it (the impotence jokes are staying, fellas) but it’s always in the back of my mind.