A friend of mine came up to me after a show last week, and gushingly said, "You were great!"
As I began to bask in the glow of my greatness, she added, "Much better than the last time I saw you!"
After her husband explained the sour look on my face, she fell over herself explaining that she didn't mean I was bad before, just that I'm great now.
But the damage was done.
I think only a comic can turn what was meant as a compliment, into an insult.