St. Louis Comedy Profile: Jim “The Dad” Keith

Jim “The Dad” Keith has been a fixture of the local comedy scene for a long time. You can occassionally find him at area open mics carrying his shopping bag full of props, or on a local showcase at Helium Comedy here in St. Louis.

There’s a legend that some folks (mainly Jim) tell, involving him, Kenny Kinds, and a “prop” gun. If you see him ask about it!

We edited his punctuation, but left his capitalizations.

Name/Stage Name
JIM THE DAD KEITH

How long have you been performing?
27 years comedy stage. Add to that 30 years of COMEDY BASED ANTI CRIME PROGRAMS FOR FIRST TIME OFFENDER JUVENILES VIA ST LOUIS COUTY COURTS.

What do you do? (Stand Up / Improv / Sketch / Video / etc)
Stand up, tv films/movies, Emmy nominated commercial, and approximatey 30 short films/48 hr film fests/ film school projects for Webster and Lindenwood. 5 feature films, mainly as extras, but witj a couple of speaking roles.

URL / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Face Book…

Who are some of your comedic influences?
I’m OLD. Robin Williams, Red Skelton

Tell us about your worst experience performing in front of a crowd.
Did a spot light for South County Funny Bone. TIMING?MATERIAL? Off. Dan O’Sullivan had NEVER seen an AUDIENCE LOATH someone as much as they LOATHED ME. I had only a couple years experience. Since then I’ve mended my ways. In 2004 I was the World’s 2nd Funniest Cop, in an international competition.

Tell us about your best experience performing in front of a crowd.
According to the principal at FOX middle school. I had about 70% of the students either CRYING or LAUGHING. What a sight.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the St. Louis comedy scene?
Seeing new/young comedians ON THEIR WAY, and I WAS THERE.

Pizza vs. Tacos? You can only pick one. The one you don’t pick disappears from reality. Which do you choose, and why?

Pizza. My first taste of Pizza was New Year’s Eve, 1957.

If I gave you a time machine that allowed you to visit yourself the day before you decided to start performing, what would you tell yourself?
On stage, 4/15/89, West Port Funny Bone. I can always slip out in the dark. I still have MY KIDS in the courts.

Promote something. Any show coming up? Got a book? Describe your current project. Anything. Self Promotion is great.
My daughters want me to publish some of my previously published work from news papers ina book format.

Anything else you want to say?
Preforming, hanging out, gives me and my life a certain amount of purpose. Hearing someone laugh at something I WROTE makes my heart warm.

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