2019 St. Louis Independent Comedy Profile: Tiel Pearce

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.

Tiel Pearce has been a regular presence on the St. Louis open mic scene for ten years. With an encyclopedic knowledge of comedy, you can find him everywhere from the Funny Bone to the Improv Shop and all points in between.

NAME

Tiel Pearce

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Tiel52093

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

8 years

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

An insane combination of Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin, and Steven Wright.

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

Two well known comics said they wanted to work with me one day. It gives me something to work towards. I don’t know if they were being sincere or not, but I’m counting it as a win.

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

Making my act mainstream enough to get club work, while still staying true to my real self on stage.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

Host for a headliner at a comedy club.

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

That people like me. It seems like a downer. Before I started I didn’t know if people “got” me. Not just my comedy, but my personality.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Black coffee, because I may not be the most exciting, but soon you’ll see I’m the best thing for you.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

I’ve seen Friday the 13th. I would’ve just not gone to Camp Crystal Lake. The second I heard the Jason Voorhees story, I’d insist on staying home. I’d survive simply on my superhuman resistance to going outside.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

On the first Saturdays of the month (unless otherwise noted), I have Saturday Evening Cabarette, at the Improv Shop. 10:00 pm. On the Mainstage. Go to
www.theimprovshop.com for more info.

Editor’s Note: After submitting this, Tiel learned that he was selected to host for Dana Gould at Helium Comedy November 7-9! Go see him!

Check back tomorrow as we continue to highlight the area’s working comics.

2019 St. Louis Independent Comedy Profile: MarQuise Moore

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.

MarQuise Moore is part of the team comprises Focus On The Funny. He’s been performing on the St. Louis scene for ten years and recently hosted for Ms. Pat at Helium Comedy.

NAME

MarQuise Moore

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/imean_moore

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

10 years

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

I’m engaging and reliable on stage.

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

Being able to work more franchise comedy clubs in St.Louis

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

Having more drinking money on Wednesday’s open mic.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

To work every Helium Comedy Club throughout the country.

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

Having a routine is very important.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Brass Monkey. Because it’s that funky MONKEY‼️

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Friday 13th
1. Growing up poor you’re really close to going camping outside your house permanently.
2. Black families rarely go camping, Jason wouldn’t making going thru the JVL
THE END.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

I’m performing on September 20 at Impolite Company at the Crack Fox.

Co-Parents is a comedy/drama that deals with the hardships of maintaining a relationship with your Co-Parent.

See MarQuise perform around the St. Louis Comedy scene, and check back tomorrow as we continue to highlight the area’s working comics.

2019 St. Louis Independent Comedy Profile: Charlie Winfrey

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.

Charlie Winfrey is regular feature at The Funny Bone and can be seen this November as part of the third annual Flyover Comedy Festival.

NAME

Charlie Winfrey

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Website: http://charliewinfreycomedy.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/charliewinfrey
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/charliewinfrey

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

10 Years

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

Kind of like Kathy Griffin, if she was a totally different comic, and a boy.

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

Headlining my home club

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

Not getting paid a million dollars a show. .

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

To achieve some sort of internet fame, hopefully not porn.

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

When I first started I was closing with a street joke. I didn’t know you couldn’t do that.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Long Island, a lot to handle at first but the more you have the easier it gets. Not for everyone and you can guarantee you’ll get a hangover.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I would’ve just minded my own damn business!

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

I’ll be at Mid Coast Comedy Series’ “Happiest Hour” at Sophie’s on 9/18.

Check out the Chuck and Sean Podcast. It’s me and Sean O’Brien talking about anything, no bones about it. It’s on Spotify and iTunes!

See Charlie Thursday at Happiest Hour, and check back tomorrow as we continue to highlight the area’s working comics.

2019 St. Louis Independent Comedy Profile: Rob Durham

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.

Rob Durham is a headlining comedian and an author of several books. His book, “Don’t Wear Shorts On Stage,” referenced by Scott James last week, is a handbook for aspiring comedians working up the courage to attend their first open mic.

NAME

Rob Durham

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Website: http://RobDurhamComedy.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RobDurhamComedy
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/RobDurhamComedy

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

19 years

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

Teaching high school and married life on the cleaner, yet not-so-innocent side.

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

Headlining weeks at the Funny Bone.

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

Writing fresher material and taking chances on stage.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

To shift my style more towards storytelling while still keeping my voice.

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

Stand up comedy is a marathon, not a sprint.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

I’d be a Jim Beam on the rocks, because I often drink it after a long week.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and I’d have found that bike.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

Buy my books: Don’t Wear Shorts on Stage and Around the Block

You can usually find Rob and other professional comics trying new material on Tuesday nights at The Funny Bone. Check back tomorrow as we continue to highlight the area’s working comics.

2019 St. Louis Independent Comedy Profile: Shon Don

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.

Shon Don is a working comic who’s a regular at The Laugh Lounge and on independent shows all over the area.

NAME

Shon Don

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

http://www.twitter.com/shondoncomedian
http://www.instagram.com/shondoncomedian

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

8 years

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

I try to make you laugh at some things that may be otherwise uncomfortable. There are all these experiences that we share. I poke fun at those.

I hate this everything PC stuff where some topics are off limits. Anybody can get it. Having said that, its on me as a comic to be relevant, funny, and not just some ranting asshole.

I can’t say I mimic or compare to him, but Deon Cole is definitely an influence for me because his joke writing is supreme.

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

I did a show for a nonprofit and raised a good amount of money for a good cause. I stopped doing my own shows for a long time, but that one was really cool to see. I had people come out & show love. .

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

Consistently hitting mics. The same BS excuse of real life getting in the way. I think I’m pretty strong, but how much better would I be if I actually worked out in the gym?

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

I want to hit the road, featuring in different cities.

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

I should have started earlier, like in my teens or early twenties. I didn’t consider getting on stage until my mid-twenties. Even then, I spent a couple of years going to shows and studying the craft before I even did my first mic.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

I guess it’d be…I don’t know how answer this.

Holy Water? Nah Holy Wine. Good for the soul but low key get you messed up.

No? Hell, I don’t know. Beyonce messed up lemonade for me. Kool-Aid, Hennessy, Crown, all stereotypes. Not Hispanic, so no Cuervo. I like Jameson but I ain’t Irish. But my name is Sean.

Ok, I got it. I’m the water you drink along with your ADHD and anxiety meds. So…BOOM.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Get Out. I’d have brought my family history & medical records. They said they wanna be Black, but do they? You wanna be cool, smooth, and athletic, but that’s gone cost you some diabetes, hypertension, lupus, sickle cell, enlarged prostate, and whatever else Black men got. They would have just let me take some pictures and leave.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

I’m hosting a jazz concert Sept 22nd. You can catch me on stage regularly at the Laugh Lounge as well.

Make sure to catch Shon around the St. Louis comedy scene, and check back tomorrow as we continue to highlight the area’s working comics.