People are surprised by what my favourite compliment is.
After all, I take a lot of pride in what I do, and I put a lot of work into my shows. So, like most people, I like the occasional compliment about my work now and again, and it's not uncommon to get compliments from the audience when we meet after the show. But every once in a while, I get (what I think is) the best compliment someone like me can receive. Let me explain...
After performing two shows on the Grand Princess this February, I ran into a woman from the audience while waiting for the elevator. She stops me and tells me what she thought about the show.
She tells me it was amazing and she had a lot of fun...but then, she tells me the best thing I can hear from someone who saw my show: "But above all else, your show was great...and you did it clean. I really appreciate that."
While I've heard that a lot over the years, how much people appreciate that I can put on a stunning show without resorting to more "adult" content still comes as a shock.
But, more so, I'm always surprised how often this comes up...not just on cruise ships, but everywhere. over the past 10 years, I can't tell you how often I've heard this story:
"Last year, we hired a comedian/ventriloquist/magician/entertainer that was awful. They were so dirty/offensive/lewd, we had to pull them off the stage after just 15 minutes."
It's much more common than you think. There are plenty of entertainers out there that struggle with finding what the appropriate line is for their act...and how to adjust accordingly.
...And because of that, I work so hard to make sure my shows are great for everyone, AND knock your socks off. So it's always great to hear that all that hard work pays off. It definitely makes the show just a little more amazing for me, too.
Keep it clean, everyone!