"No Place to Hide"
I'm reading Seth Godin's book The Practice, and this paragraph (from Chapter 48) jumped out at me:
"Stand-up comedy is the most naked of the mass entertainments. You can't blame the script or the lighting or the band. It's simply you, sharing a story. When you bomb, there's no place to hide. That's part of the attraction for the comic. The tightrope is high and it hurts when you fall."
I love it. And very much relate.