Tonight was the final Mystery Hour @ The Skinny Improv. I will devote a full post to that place in general, and Jeff Houghton in particular (who’s leaving us for L.A., hence the final Mystery Hour part) another day.

Tonight I just want to pick out one tiny bit of the show: the group sing-along. For a while now before the show begins, the lights go out and there’s a silly slideshow sing-along. Be it the Fresh Prince theme song or some glorious 80s hairband moment, it’s a grand old time. Partly because of the excitement that the show’s about to start, but mostly because it is so much EFFING fun to sing out loud in a group of strangers.

Tonight it was a little Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Such a good one for the corporate belting out. It’s got the heartstrings storyline, the epic pause before the power chorus. Good work, Bon Jovi. Drunken bar patrons across the universe thank you.

Was thinking on the drive home how the feeling I get while belting out like that is not unlike the feeling of being in love. At least when it’s brand new and exciting. Right?

For once you’re not worried about what anyone else thinks. How you sound or how you look is secondary to the feeling. It’s fun and it’s silly and it’s exciting and it’s a release.

And you’re just so happy because you’ve finally found someone else who knows all the words to your favorite song.