2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Steve Beatty

We’re spending the next month or so profiling the comics in the St. Louis scene. We’ll be covering a range of comics from seasoned pros, to open mic comics booking their first shows. Our goal is to give you a glimpse at who you can expect to see, no matter where you experience live comedy.

Steve Beatty hosts at both Helium and Funny Bone here in St. Louis, and runs a great open mic every Friday night.

NAME

Steve Beatty

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

You can find me on Facebook.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

2 years

DESCRIBE YOUR MATERIAL/STYLE OF PERFORMING TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SEEN YOU

My main form of comedy is story telling. Most of my comedy comes from my family, and professional life, with smatterings of all the random stuff I see day to day.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?

I hosted a week at the St. Louis Funny Bone for Scott James and Michael Malone. The audiences were fantastic and both Scott and Michael killed every time. Having that many shows at a comedy club in a row helped me tighten up my jokes and add tags tremendously.

CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?

I’d say making the most out of my writing time is my biggest struggle. I let my mind wonder too much and it results in a lot of free writing and not enough crafting of specific jokes.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

I want to hammer out some more complicated joke concepts I’ve been working on. I have a few ideas for bits that have been very challenging for me to really turn into concrete jokes. Once I get those flowing I’ll know I’ve improved a lot as a comedian and storyteller. I also want to host as much as I can. It’s a fantastic learning opportunity for stand up.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?

I was very late to the idea of just trying to nail down a tight five minutes. I was trying to have something new and funny to say every mic. It really hindered me from getting better in the beginning.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

I’d be Mountain Dew with its 90’s exciting extreme soda marketing. I want people to think of me as a martial arts instructor, who likes to travel, and ride motorcycles; however, I’m really about just sitting on the couch and slowly getting fat.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Child’s play. Chucky is a doll. That equates to a less flexible toddler. Any life threatening situation that can be solved by casually kicking at knee height I think I could handle. My wife would never allow that freaky looking doll in our house so it probably wouldn’t be an issue in the first place.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

‘Cause It’s Friday – Open Mic, every Friday night at The Third Rail.

Enjoying these profiles of the local comedy scene? Get out and see a show this week. Then purchase your ticket to Flyover Comedy Festival, coming to The Grove in November. Over 100 local and touring comics will be bringing the laughs alongside headliners like Kyle Kinane & Sasheer Zamata. Wristbands are on sale now!