Josh Slobe is active in both improv and stand up locally. You can see him tonight hosting Open Mic 101 at Bar 101 in Soulard. His open mic is in a great venue and is a fun time. He’s not a shareholder in Taco Bell, apparently.
Name / Stage Name
How long have you been performing?
What do you do? (Stand Up / Improv / Sketch / Video / etc)
Mostly Improv, With Some Stand Up, Little Sketch, and even less Video stuff, and even lesser Podcast/Internet Audio stuff
Who are some of your comedic influences?
Jonathan Winters, Chris Farley, Louis CK, anyone really white and doughy
Tell us about your worst experience performing in front of a crowd.
Twice, I have dropped a non-PC term that’s stuck in my vocabulary since I was raised on it during Improv sets. Both times the entire room froze, and I felt only sadness and regret in my whole body.
Tell us about your best experience performing in front of a crowd.
Two experiences tie in my mind. The first one would be getting my first applause break during a stand up set with my parents in the audience. It was probably one of the best feelings ever.
The second would be during the Mordecai Montrose’s Morbid Morals Sketch shows, where I was invited to play as myself in the runner. Uncle Mordy would ask me what I was thinking, I would say something sad, and then we’d cut it. People would applause and cheer as I was invited onto the stage. People laughing at my sad thoughts was cathartic and so much fun.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the St. Louis comedy scene?
It is like being a member of a secret small town in a city. Finding refuge in a community of like minded folks has been a much needed experience.
Pizza vs. Tacos? You can only pick one. The one you don’t pick disappears from reality. Which do you pick, and why?
Obviously pizza. Easiest question anyone has ever asked me. I get to keep eating my favorite food of all time, and stupid Taco Bell diarrhea jokes will finally go away.
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?
Doing it more won’t solve your stage fright, but questioning and reasoning with stage fright would help.
Promote something. Any show coming up? Got a book? Describe your current project. Anything. Self Promotion is great.
Come out to Bar 101 in Soulard on Wednesdays at 8 PM! We need comics and people who want to watch comics for the new open mic Comedy 101 at Bar 101!
Also, come out to Harold nights on Thursdays at the Improv Shop! Also at 8 PM! And keep an eye out for the new Improv team Milk Milk Lemonade. It’s going to be so amazing and fucked.
Anything else you want to say?
I don’t like baseball so living in this city is really hard on me.