St. Louis Comedy Profile: Patrick Trowbridge

It’s amazing how many people in St. Louis are obsessed with Pizza Rolls. Though, stand up comic Patrick Trowbridge’s description of these mini portable pizza based treats sounds more tragic than most. Patrick is funny and smart, and is working with fellow comic Eric Brown to bring a new open mic to the scene.

Your Name
Patrick Trowbridge

Your artform of choice? (Stand Up, Improv, Podcast, etc.)
I do stand up and I have a podcast. The podcast is on a bit of a hiatus, though.

How long have you been performing?

A little over 4 years, if you don’t count the occasional 3 month stretch where I wallow in depression.

Who are your biggest comedy influences?

Louis CK, Christopher Titus, Kyle Kinane, Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock… The list can go on forever.

Tell us about your worst on stage experience.

I got high with my friends right before my second time doing an open mic. I had some awful bit about dreaming that I was holding a caterpillar, and woke up with my dog sitting next to me with his dick in my hand. As if the bit wasn’t bad enough, I couldn’t get to any punchlines. I basically spaced out for 5 minutes and talked about dreams.

What’s your best on stage experience?

About a year and a half in, I had changed my style completely. I started to get comfortable with being vulnerable on stage. I was on a showcase back in Carbondale,  IL – maybe my second or third one at that point. I didn’t second guess myself, ran with every riff, played with the crowd, etc. It was fun and I killed. I learned that night that I might not be wasting my time with this comedy thing. I just need to learn to get out of my own way. I’m still working on it, but I’m optimistic.

What do you like best about St. Louis’s Comedy Scene? Both, overall and within your genre.
I feel like everyone says this, but it really is a supportive community. Sure, there’s a competitive aspect, but it’s respectful. I like pretty much everyone here. Except Eric Brown. That guy can fuck off.

You have 30 seconds to convince someone that live comedy is better than staying home and watching Netflix.  What do you say?
There’s an energy to live comedy that you just can’t manufacture. A room that’s ready for a good time mixed with a comedian who’s killing. There’s nothing like it.

Rate the following, in descending order, based on how well you’d do in a fight against them?  Candyman, Freddy Krueger, The Girl From The Ring, Chucky

I’m going to straight up destroy Chucky. Get out of my face with that weak bullshit.

Candyman? Please. I’m not scared if I can beat you with a can of bug spray.
Girl from The Ring… Yeah, I’m pretty screwed here. There’s no way I’m not going to watch that tape.
Freddy Krueger is a an entirely different story. I already have an irrational fear of clowns. I doubt he’s not going to use that to his advantage. I’ll die of a heart attack before he touches me.

What are you having for dinner tonight?
Probably pizza rolls. Because I’m 28 and have no idea how to take care of myself. Not even name brand pizza rolls. The shop ‘n Shave brand, “Essential Everyday.”  Not only are they not essential, nobody should eat them every day. Yeah, I know. Sounds Seinfeldian. Shut up.

Plug something. It’s why we do this.

Hootin’ And Hollerin’ Comedy Open Mic on Thursday nights at the Night Owl on South Grand! Brand new show starting on September 22nd.

You can also listen to my podcast, Comedy Brain. If you like hearing comedians ramble while a counselor tricks them into talking about things that actually matters. Like mental health or whatever.

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