St. Louis Comedy Profile: Joe Murray

Joe Murray can regularly be found featuring at The Funny Bone and performing on other shows around town. His answer to the Tacos v. Pizza question demonstrates a self-reliance that no other comic we’ve profiled has shown. His new show, “Run the Joes” premieres tonight at The Improv Shop.

Name / Stage Name
Joe Murray

How long have you been performing?
Eleven years

What do you do? (Stand Up / Improv / Sketch / Video / etc)

URL / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Who are some of your comedic influences?
Bill Burr, Tommy Johnagin, Jeff Foxworthy, Adam Carolla

Tell us about your worst experience performing in front of a crowd.
At the now defunct Laughs on the Landing, I was doing a fifteen minute set on a weekend show way before I should have. I was eating it hard, and after everyone of my bits, this guy in the front row would say, ” Next.”

Tell us about your best experience performing in front of a crowd.
For me the best experiences are when I think of a new tag or joke on the fly, and they hit. Audiences can tell if you’re making something up in the moment, and you can get huge responses from it.

do you enjoy most about being part of the St. Louis comedy scene?
That it is getting less and less homogeneous. There is more variety in acts and viewpoints, and more venues than ever are hosting comedy shows.

Pizza vs. Tacos? You can only pick one. The one you don’t pick disappears from reality. Which do you pick, and why?
I’d probably go with tacos because the tacos I make are better than the pizza I make.

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?
Watch for the light, Seinfeld.

Promote something. Any show coming up? Got a book? Describe your current project. Anything. Self Promotion is great!
I am debuting my new show Run The Joes this Feb. 8 at the Improv Shop (510 N.Euclid). It’s improvised stand-up based on audience suggestion. We have Tim Convy, Rafe Williams, Greg Warren, Kate Cole, and Sean O’Brien. Killers all. 8 PM. $5.

Anything else you want to say?
Hit your punchlines.