My first exposure to Divine Comedy was August 2011 when I was a young freshy attending their performance at the Freshman Orientation Saturday Finale! I was blown away. I loved it! I had never experienced such fun, clean, amazing, hilarious, smart comedy before. After the show, they announced auditions and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.
Tangent: I credit Divine Comedy for me meeting my wife. Let me tell you -
It was the night before I was going to audition and I was at my sister’s apartment practicing my audition piece. She laughs at everything so I knew I needed someone else’s opinion. I opened up the door and a group of girls were walking down the stairs. “Hey, get in here!” I yelled. “Okay!” They responded. So I did my thing and I’m pretty sure they were thinking, “what the freak.” They were pretty weirded out. I’m not gonna lie, my audition was pretty weird, but they liked it (I think). One of those girls was a beautiful girl who I was too scared to talk to (because I had only been home from my mission like 2 weeks and I was still scared to attempt to woo the female-kind). Her and I later became friends, went on one date which was horrible, didn’t talk for like 2 weeks, then started hanging out a lot and then she miraculously started liking me back. We started dating (2 months after we had met), we then got engaged 14 months later, and got married 4 months after that. (Despite what some say, hanging out and being friends actually works).
Back to auditions now. I performed my audition and it surprisingly went very well. I got a call that Friday night inviting me to callbacks the next day. I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited! After a morning of callbacks, they gave us an hour and said that the finalists would be posted on thedoor. Gulp… But then, what do you know? I made it to the Final Audition show! I was boggle-minded. (Fun Fact: 3 of the other 6 finalists were Lauren Meese, Stacey Harkey and Stephen Meek. I know right!) We had to memorize and rehearse an entire show in like 4 hours and we performed it that night. After it was over, I went home. It was late that night when I received the call. James Perry called me and gave me the news. I unfortunately did not make it. He said that they loved me and wanted me to audition next year though. After hanging up, I broke down and sobbed for hours…Just kidding! I didn’t cry. I was pretty bummed but was like, “Hey! There’s always next year!” PS. I really didn’t cry, honest!
A full year of enjoying DC shows passed. It was a great year. My girlfriend at the time (who later became my wifey) went to all the shows with me and we loved it. For whatever reason though, I always sat in that one seat that never got any glowsticks. Everyone around me had glowsticks, but not me! I have so many memories laughing and getting lost in these worlds and situations that DC would create on stage. I was also one of those people who would show up 1.5 hours early to get in line to try to get good seats. I absolutely loved DC and couldn’t wait to audition again and finally be a part of it!
Auditions 2012 came and I was pumped! However, I knew I had to do something better than my previous year’s audition. But what? I came up with some super lame and cheesy superhero monologue thing. The good thing is that they were taking 5 people this year compared to last year’s 2. I did my audition and it did not go well. I was scared. Did I really just mess up my chance to be in DC? It was late Friday night. I was too nervous and worried. It was getting later and later. Last year they called me before midnight. This year it was 1:30 am when I got the call. I barely scraped by and they told me to bring it at callbacks! I got there more nervous and worried than ever. I wanted to stand out, but how? What could I do? I was put in two different groups, both of which I did not do well in. I did not stand out, I did not speak up and I pretty much destroyed myself. The lunch break came; I went to Diana’s apartment and was sad. I told her that I didn’t think I made it. I was beating myself up. I got to the door in the TNRB. I looked and saw that my name was missing from the list. I was distraught. I was crushed. I had failed.
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How many past and current Divine Comedians can you spot in this video? Also, I love how epic it is when I didn’t make it. Ha. (3:46)
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The video that changed my life.