LOUISVILLE Ky. (WDRB) -- Sterling Riggs took the stage at Louisville's Laughing Derby at Comedy Caravan to see what it takes to be a standup comedian.

Walking onto the stage in front of people who expect you to be funny can be lonely, vicious and as I'm told extremely gratifying.

Thankfully, comedians Adam White and Tim McClendon were willing to invest a little time in me. 

"Write what you know. You don't want to show up and sound like somebody else.

Ultimately, you are the one that must stand there and deliver the lines and either get all the reward or suffer the defeat," said White. 

After a few hours, I had some good thoughts on paper. I left feeling confident about my debut at the Comedy Underground show.

You better believe I was a little nervous. No teleprompter to help me out and no commercial breaks to bail me out. 

"Adam told me to survey the audience. I'm going to start with a few jokes to see what I'm working with. What do you call a bear with no teeth? A Gummy Bear." 

It took me a minute to find my comfort zone, but after awhile I was off and running. 

"People always tell me that I look like Barbie's boyfriend Ken. What? That's great. Why can't I look like Rambo or Tom Cruz? Has anyone ever done anything nice to a Ken doll? No! Most children strip the doll naked and rip its limbs off. Am I right?" 

"I'll leave you with these parting thoughts. If you are thinking about doing something to get your name on the news, change your name to something simple to pronounce. I work the early morning shift and if there are more than 20 characters in your name, I don't even have a shot. It's like scrabble." 

I didn't exactly put on a show like Chris Farley or Will Ferrell and probably got a few charity laughs. I will say my debut was nerve racking, exhilarating and downright fun. At the end of the day, you can always get at least one laugh; just laugh at yourself and learn from the experience.

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