After a fifty minute car ride (which I used to catch on an episode of Marc Maron's podcast), I arrived at the Sidebar Tavern in Baltimore, Maryland. My expectations for the nine minute set were low (due to the thinning crowd and the fact that I was the nineteenth and final comedian of the night) but it turned out well.
The first three minutes (which included the fixed version of the joke I tried at FS1) proved productive and the bits continue to progress nicely. I then used the last five minutes to tell a story which got an even better reaction. This was only the third time I've told the story on stage but it is going over very well. Once I figure out which ending to use (I am going back and forth between two options), this "bad show/standing ovation tale" could be my closer/bookend for my feature/headline set.
Overall, this was a very productive and fun Monday night.