Shane Presley is the host of Rock Paper Podcast, where he interviews musicians and comedians in the St. Louis area (as well as some who are just passing through). Shane’s a major supporter of the St. Louis arts scene, and every week publishes a nearly comprehensive list of shows taking place in the area on the Rock Paper Podcast Facebook page. Continue reading “St. Louis Comedy Profile: Shane Presley”
Of all the stand up comics we asked to complete these profiles, Stryker Spurlock used the most words, and actually complained that he couldn’t self promote more. He’s going to go far. He’s part of a lot of projects in the St. Louis area, but can be found monthly at Contraceptive Comedy, a showcase he books and hosts.
How long have you been performing stand up?
Started at age 15 in 2012 but only did 20 sets that year because I moved from California to Arkansas for a few months and had my life derailed. Started again in STL in February 2013. So three and a half years, really.
Who are your comedy influences?
Carlin and Hicks, Patton Oswalt and David Cross and Doug Stanhope are what got me into it. Now, my top three are probably Eddie Pepitone, Marc Maron, and Kyle Kinane. I traded out sets of angry white guys. I am deeply sorry.
Describe your worst experience on stage.
December of 2013, Danno’s open mic. Told one joke and was struck by utter despair at the fact there was literally no one paying attention and I was doing comedy to ether. Walked off. 47 seconds total.
Describe your best experience on stage.
Hottest crowd was probably at Boy Kisses in Minneapolis. Can’t think of a single defining one. I usually am unhappy about all of them for whatever reason. I’d say maybe when a new bit really works and feels authentic the first time I tell it.
What do you like best about the St. Louis Comedy scene?
I really think we have a handful of the most talented comics in the midwest, maybe even the country. Amy Milton, Ben Johnson, Kenny Kinds, Milly Naeger before she decided to go to China for a year, Jeremy Hellwig, Eric Brown, Spencer Tegtmeyer, etc. That’s my magnificent seven. I wish I could just book them all on a Nerd Melt showcase and shove them in the industry’s faces.
We’re typing these questions up in a coffee house. Is there anything you’d like us to tell the other people here?
Tell these guys to write more serious questions so I can talk about my self more.
Rank the following in order of coolness. Pirate, Ninja, Zombie, Robot.
Pirates are the coolest on account of they were real. Ninjas are real too but they were mostly land based, so second place. Zombies are third place because I love necromancy and the occult, two things which are *not* real. Robots can eat shit. We made them.
Plug something. It’s why we do this.
Contraceptive Comedy at Shameless Grounds is my monthly showcase. It’s the best show in town. If a better show comes along, I will improve mine immediately. Come to our three year anniversary showcase on July 30.
Chad Wallace is the host of The Comedy Shipwreck, a semi-monthly open mic and monthly showcase in South St. Louis. His open mic is usually one of the most well attended open mics in the scene. Continue reading “St. Louis Comedy Profile: Chad Wallace”
Stand up comic Amy Milton is part of the creative force behind Fatal Bus Accident, a monthly comedy talk show that features stand up, sketch comedy, videos, music, interviews, and anything else that can possibly happen on a stage. It’s really impossible to accurately describe the show. Go see it. Continue reading “St. Louis Comedy Profile: Amy Milton”
Comedian Larry Greene can be found performing around the St. Louis area. He also hosts a number of shows as part of Hi-Larry-Ous Comedy. Not only is he a funny comic, he responded faster than anyone else to our questionnaire. Punctuality is such a rare thing in stand up comedy, we thought we’d highlight it. Continue reading “St. Louis Comedy Profile: Larry Greene”
St. Louis is full of comedic talent. Stand up comics, improv comics, podcast hosts, writers, and other performers keep our scene fresh and exciting. Our goal for the rest of this summer is to start highlighting some of that talent by introducing you to the people you’ll see on local stages, the people you can hear on the air or via your internet connection, and the people who run various shows around town. It’ll be a fun series that starts July 1st. Make sure you check it out.
A lot of people watch comedy. They watch stand up specials on Netflix. They watch sketch shows on YouTube. They watch a plethora of sitcoms on television. There are myriad ways to passively enjoy entertainment meant to make you laugh.
Why be passive though?
Nothing compares to a live show. Combine the thrill of knowing anything can happen, with the escape of getting out of the house, and see a live show. Do you like stand-up? Sketch? Improv? You should check out a show, and there’s no better place to start than your own hometown.
St. Louis has a thriving comedy scene. The metro area has three comedy clubs for stand-up. It has a great resource for improv. It has people doing everything from variety shows to talk shows in bars and music clubs across the city. Whatever your poison, we have it.
A lot of people watch comedy. It’s time they started experiencing it.