Like many performers, Maria Bamford is often stricken with insecurities about her own work. That can make it difficult to write, much less perform.
But unlike most writers, Bamford has a unique process for working out her material:
In 2018, she began issuing periodic invitations, on Twitter, for fans who live in cities where she is appearing to meet her for coffee and listen to her run through her set before she performs.
Is it scary to have a total stranger critique your writing before anybody else in the world sees it? Absolutely.
Is it more scary than having somebody you know critique it? Absolutely not.
If they are willing, talk to strangers about your work. Generally, they’re nice about it.