Thanks, but I'm nowhere near the same universe as Bob Hope & George Burns. They both had lifelong careers in comedy, from vaudeville, thru radio, and then of course TV. Their fans grew up with them and both were world famous at a fairly early age.<quoted text>I believe you, both because I know you and because using humor to deflect serious attention to serious errors is a clever ploy. Like you said, that's what I'd do, too.
BB, I think you'd still be a terrific comedian! And don't tell me you're too old. Bob Hope and George Burns both did stand-up well into their 90s, and Grandma Moses didn't even START painting until she was around 65, I think.
With older age comics, you either gotta have a large fan base, or
ya gotta have a unique routine to keep tomatoes from turning into missiles. Something like Louis Black, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jerry Seinfeld, etc.
Also the comedy "arena" was flooded with mostly young comics on the east & west coasts. Ordinary, inexperienced older comedians trying to break in with the hip crowd, appears desperate, which in my case, would have been.
Strange though. Younger (about 1975, on two separate occasions), in a restaurant/lounge our little band was playing, I tried a few jokes from a book I ran across,(in between sets), and got quite a few laffs. The strange part is that I didn't think anyone was listening to me. I was sitting in the lights on stage, and couldn't see the crowd. But they laffed easily, and I was almost "hooked" from their responses.
After that, Kismet intervened and I lost the "window", and I've been relegated to attempted humor in venues such as this one.