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.
Greg Warren is a nationally touring headliner and has been featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, BET and CMT. Greg is a fan favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show and can be heard daily on Sirius/XM.
Greg regularly attends the weekly open mic on Tuesdays at the St. Louis Funny Bone, where you can watch him work on new material, and, if you’re a comic, possibly get a piece of good advice from him in the pre-show meeting.
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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?
DESCRIBE YOUR MATERIAL/STYLE OF PERFORMING TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SEEN YOU
I like to have definitive punchlines. I like to include some element of self deprecation. I think most of my premises are biographical and come from a place of honesty. I like to sprinkle in a little dialogue between myself and some character. I like Bob Newhart. I liked Eddie Murphy when I was a kid.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?
I just shot an hour special. It was a lot of fun. We did it in Edwardsville at The Wildey which a meant a lot of friends, family and fans were able to attend. Some comedy club owners that I have known for more than 20 years flew in. I got to do a lot of TV stuff in my 30’s and 40’s. I think I thought most of that was over with. I really tried to enjoy and appreciate this one.
My buddies Tim Convy and Sean O’Brien opened up for me and did a nice job. Dan McKenzie, the box office guy at The Funny Bone, and a legend in STL comedy, actually made it out. He was the star of the after-party.
I was also pretty happy this Tuesday night when three new jokes worked at The Funny Bone Open Mic.
CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?
I think it is always a little tricky when you record a CD or a shoot a special. You have to start over. The first 20 minutes of the next project seem to be the hardest. I have coasted at certain points in my career. I need to fight that over the next few months.
That and dealing with Sean O’Brien. I give the guy a lot of good advice. Usually it takes about 7 years to kick in and then he tells me about it like it’s his idea.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
Aw man. If I write this down, I have to actually work on it. I’ll give you two.
1. Make significant progress towards a new hour. I’d like to discover something new in the way I perform while I’m doing that.
2. I want to produce a wrestling sitcom targeted specifically to amateur wrestling fans. I’ve shot a wrestling mockumentary, and a bunch of silly videos, but I’d like to take it to the next level. I’ve only been talking about doing this for 12 years.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?
Keep writing. No mater what.
IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?
I hate horror movies. I think I saw Evil Dead in high school. I think a tree attacked someone at one point. My Dad’s buddy Joe made a bunch of money spraying trees. I probably would have called Joe.
In retrospect, that would be dumb. I think Joe’s spray was intended to make the trees thrive.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?
I have a bunch. They are on my site.
All of Greg’s CDs can be found via your favorite place to listen to CDs. Buy/Stream him now, and check back tomorrow as our profile of the St. Louis comedy scene continues.