"You Get to Turn off 'You' and be Something Else
Gray, who regularly performs to crowds smaller than 10, appreciated the larger audience, but he says his love of being on stage is not determined by the amount of people watching.
“I would still like to perform in front of three people versus not performing at all. Having a normal conversation is 10 million times more stressful to me than being on stage. You get to turn off ‘you’ and be something else.”
The amount of money raised was a similar icing on the cake situation, as one week prior to the show, Gray was told by his girlfriend that her illness had cleared.
This has led to Gray beginning preparations for a future involving personal travel and further shows.
“A trip to New York is the first thing on the list as a grown-up, with the girlfriend. If the show keeps going – who knows? It’d be cool to be a paid comedian.”
Though Gray says he’s currently taking what he calls “baby steps” toward these goals, such as applying for a passport and an ID, he has also begun booking comedians for two follow up shows in December. The proceeds will be donated to the same charity.