2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Brian McDowell

We’re continuing our profile of the comics in the St. Louis comedy 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.


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Brian McDowell

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Website: http://www.brianmcdowellcomedy.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bybrianmcdowell

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

Too long. (A total of 13 years or so.)

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

I have a unique delivery, and cover race, religion, marching bands, and other topics of maximum importance.

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

I had a couple of bar shows early this year where the comics that went up before me were having a rough time and the audience seemed tepid, and where I was able to figure things out and turn the show around. As a performer, nothing feels better than that.

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

This year has been a real struggle, as a recent car accident caused things to spiral for me medically and financially. The few times I’ve managed to get onstage since have gone reasonably well. and I had to cancel most road work. I am certainly not getting onstage at the same pace I once was. It’s definitely been a challenge to most everything in my life, especially comedy.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

Right now, I am just trying to financially and creatively get back on my feet.

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

I moved to Los Angeles and showcased for industry with less than six months of comedy experience. I certainly wouldn’t do that again. Really, I wish I’d learned to manage pace and to limit expectations, and to just perform for the joy of it, and that this kind of life is much more about the journey than the destination, much earlier than I did.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

A wine cooler. Drinking me should make everyone instantly lose respect for you.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

I feel like I would do well in “The Ring” these days, since no one I know has a VCR.

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

2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Precious J Dorsey

One of our goals it to introduce you to the comics performing in the St. Louis scene. We’ll be profiling 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.


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Precious J Dorsey

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

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

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

7 Years

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

Honest, raw, and relatable! I talk about real things that happen to women and men!

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

This and every year having people actually enjoy my performance, meaning them laughing, reciting my jokes back to me (like I didn’t just tell them), and people recognizing me in public!

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

Building my following! I honestly have to get with the new internet wave! Promoting and marketing myself correctly!

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

To move out of state and gain a whole new following and potentially have better opportunities to be seen and write for other comics, TV shows , movies etc.

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

Just because one crowd doesn’t get your jokes, doesn’t mean you’re not funny! You have to learn how to work the crowd and remember YOU are in control!

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Dussi and Lemonade-I’m brown with a li’l twang!

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Candyman- Moved to a different ghetto!

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

My podcast is Precious Topics covers all dope things! From current events,sports and politics to new music and local news , there is a funny conversation to be had about everything! My co-hosts are Comedian Brandon Taylor and high school alumni Richard Payne Jr

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!

2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Jimmy Day

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.


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Jimmy Day

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jimmycday/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimmycday
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.day.1213

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

Around 4.5 years

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

Set up. Punchline. Audience laugh/standing ovation. Repeat.

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

I hosted at The Funny Bone recently for Nick Griffin. There were great crowds all weekend, but Saturday night sticks out because I had one of my best sets ever.

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

Building more material and trying to get booked.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

I want to drop 2 Netflix specials and have Dave Chappelle tell me that I am funnier than him.

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

How to prepare for performing and how to structure a set.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

A bowl of pink milk that is left over after eating Fruit Loops. Because I am delicious.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

I would have survived The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by living in Missouri and not visiting Texas.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

Free comedy Thursday @ J SmugsGastropit/Gaslight October 24, 8:30 pm.
Happiest Hour Comedy Series @ Sophies Artist Lounge November 14, 6:00 pm.

I update my Facebook page with upcoming show dates.


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!

2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Pat Ryan

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.


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Pat Ryan

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

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

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

4 Years

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

I’m an OCDweeb who is really obsessed with the movie Good Burger. I also have a habit of not paying attention and letting my imagination get the best of me. I am also best friends with Yogi Bear.

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

After my set at the Helium contest, a few of the comics who I really admire told me how much of a great job I did and were proud of my improvement.

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

The biggest challenge is trying to write better jokes that actually fit my voice and trying to write more consistently.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

I want to improve my writing and ability to tell my jokes so I can not stutter/slur as much.

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

I wish I had known how to write a decent joke instead of relying on stupid puns for the first couple of years. Then I could have been heading in the right direction a lot sooner.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

I would be Vanilla Coke, because that is the drink that most of the other comics associate me with. Every time I show up somewhere with a bottle, everyone likes to refer to it as my child.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

The Exorcist. I would have survived by not going anywhere near that house.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

I’m not on any shows but I am running the door for Yours, Mine, and Ours at Heavy Anchor on Wednesday October 23.


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!

2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Brandon Taylor

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.


NAME

Brandon Taylor

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

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

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

3 years

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

I’m an energetic story teller in my delivery. I also incorporate the audience to my act so it feels more engaging.

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

I love performing. So, I’m excited about the opportunity I’ve had for more stage time and, to perform in front of bigger audiences.

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

Just improving my set as a whole. I want it to be better, funnier and deeper.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

To be booked consistently as a host or feature.

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

Confidence is key. No matter what I might be thinking or feeling, if I remain confident I can do anything.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Crown Royal and Sprite, because that’s my drink. Once you have it you’ll understand why

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Lake View Terrace: It’s a movie about a cop harassing this interracial couple. Ain’t no surviving the police!

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

Precious Topics: hosted by Comedian Precious J, Richard Payne Jr., and myself. We discuss a wide range of topics and make fun of each other.

St. Louis Cigar Club: Hosted by Ricky Royal, Shon Don, Wayne Phillips and myself. It’s a guys perspective on life, relationships and entertainment.

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!