Last Tuesday night I participated in the Open Mic at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland, WA.
Laughs is in the strip mall that used to house the local Godfather’s Pizza. Godfather’s was amazing. They had a daily lunch buffett, all the pizza you could eat for 6 bucks, or something like that. My Brother and I used to walk up there, eat pizza until we were so full we couldn’t blink. Burn off some pizza by playing Terminator 2: Judgement Day Pinball.
After some intense Pinball Action we would go back to the buffet and stuff ourselves with the Dessert Pizza. Dessert Pizza, in case you are unfamiliar is pizza dough topped with the fixin’s for cinnamon roll’s and coffee cake. In other words, it was a diabetes starter kit.
It was weird being at Laughs, and thinking about what that place used to be for me. All the summer afternoons we spent there. My parents had a surprise 18th Birthday Party there. My Parents and Kathy’s Parents first met there at said party. And now it’s a comedy club.
Some of the comedians that I love to listen to have performed there, and then I got to do open mic on the same stage. I learned to laugh and tell some of my earliest and worst jokes when I was hopped up on Mountain Dew and Dessert Pizza at this Godfathers.
It is weird how things change as you grow up, but your memories are still really strong for those places. And then you can go back and make new memories. Same thing happened at my 10 year reunion. When I go back to the church I grew up in, when I see my family from Michigan. All of these events have shaped me and made me who I am and I constantly get to interact with my memories and somehow it all comes around.