Aisha Alfa, second from the left (unknown tourist)
Aisha Alfa is a life coach by day and a comedian by night. She came out on top of Winnipeg's Funniest Person with a Day Job contest and the prize was an 8 minute opening set at the Las Vegas Comedy Show in the Alexis Part Resort Hotel.
What happens in Vegas doesn't neccesarily stay in Vegas, otherwise Aisha would have never agreed to send us this update.
A cluster of lights in the dessert, Elvis in the airport, a showgirl walking down the strip. This is Las Vegas where the big wigs of performance come and here I was, an amateur Winnipeg comedian, rubbing elbows with Marilyn Monroe...well at least a great impersonator.
My prize for winning Winnipeg's Funniest Person with a Day Job was an 8 minute opening set at the Las Vegas Comedy Show in the Alexis Part Resort Hotel . At the comedy club I went through the back to meet with Joe Lowers, the headliner and owner of the joint and noticed the room was empty.
Naturally I assumed that was because the hoards of crowds were being kept at bay behind a velvet rope. That was dashed when Joe said, "the show tonight will most likely be cancelled." Lurch!!!
I felt disappointed until I sat down with Joe and Lou Maglowitz, the host of the show, to talk about comedy and it was an honest and helpful conversation that will surely progress my comedy career. In an empty room, we sat and discussed the comedy scene, our best and worst sets and (as comedians do) we razzed each other.
It was one of the best nights of comedy I have ever had--who knew an empty room could be so warm!
I gained something quite unique and valuable from the cancelation: Las Vegas is no different than any other city. There are more lights, and scantily clad women, but the performers work just as hard if not harder to impress an audience. Times can be tough, but the same remains--if you love what you do, you can do it anywhere!
Got to the comedy club and went backstage to the "greenroom" where Joe was waiting with some other comedians. One comedian said he heard there was a Canadian performing and he came to see her!
Turns out all you have to do is be from somewhere other than America to gain a fan base! Success!
The MC introduced me as the winner of Winnipeg's Funniest Person with a Day Job which got a huge laugh....okay this crowd is going to be generous! He mis-pronounced my name, even though he practiced it backstage with me 10 times, which was a brilliant lead into my first joke about the pronunciation of my name!
The set was wonderful, the crowd laughed often and I felt like an absolute star! My first comedy gig in Las Vegas is now under my belt and I'm ready for more! Here's the video of my set, I got 10mins instead of 8 so the light and sound guy must have liked me!