Upcoming Shows: Dave Stone @ The Monocle on 5/3

Over the course of the next week, we’re going to highlight some shows coming up next month.  It’ll give you a chance to plan ahead, while giving us the appearance of regularly posting content.  Clearly the definition of “win-win!”

This weekend at the Monocle is “A Solid 20,” a new monthly show case produced by local comics Eric Brown and Chris Cyr.   It’s a fun show where three comics each perform 20 minute sets in an intimate room with a great stage.  Also, the show will be a nice way to get acquainted with the venue as you plan to attend  comedian Dave Stone’s headline show there on May 3. Ticket and event info here.

We had a chance to ask Dave a few questions.  We think he might have been hungry at the time. (We should also note that Dave Stone, comedian, is not Dave Stone, local music legend.  They’re two different people. Honest.)

If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?

Running my own BBQ joint. It’s the only thing other than comedy I’m passionate about.

Best BBQ in the country?

Oh boy, that’s a tough one.
Best brisket: Bludsoe’s in L.A. (L.A. bbq?)
Best smoked wings: The Albert in Atlanta.
Best pulled pork: My own. Not to brag, but I’ve honestly not found any pork that can match my own when I’ve got everything clicking.

Favorite meal of all time?

I’ve thought a lot about this, done the math, and I’ve probably had over 43,000 meals in my life. I think I’ve concluded that the best one was 2 years ago; Bellue’s Cajun Cooking in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; crawfish étouffée, mustard greens, red beans and rice, fried boudin.

You HAVE put a lot of thought into this.

I’d like to get a food/travel TV show on the air. I got close last year when Travel Channel aired my (and Lisa Best’s) pilot 3 times, but ultimately they decided not to give us a full season. I’ve got a few similar irons in the fire right now, so we’ll see what comes of those.

Most accomplished you’ve felt as a comedian? When? Why?

I guess my first TV appearance. In 2013 I got to perform on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. It was always a goal to get my stand up on TV. Regardless what happens from here on out, I’ll always have that feather in my cap.

Worst set or show you’ve ever done?

I performed at the 2009 North American Beard & Mustache Championships in Brooklyn, NY. I used to be part of a touring group called “The Beards of Comedy”. It was a dumb, satirical name because, by chance, we all had beards. But, none of us did beard jokes. Somehow we got booked on that show in front of 1100 Beard and Mustache enthusiasts. Boy were they pissed when they realized we weren’t a ZZ Topp cover band. It was a disaster. One guy jumped on stage and tried to wrestle the mic away from me. I pushed him down and did every damn second of my 15 minute set, just so the booker had no excuse not to pay us. It was brutal. The only thing worse than a bored or inattentive crowd, is a violent and hostile crowd. We survived though.

Any plans for the future?

Other than [the television show mentioned above], I just want to keep touring and playing to bigger crowds, without having to beg cheesy comedy clubs for work. I enjoy playing the DIY circuit where I can do shows at cool venues like The Monocle, rather than some Chuckle Hut where the crowd is disappointed I’m not the guy from that 90’s sitcom.

Make sure you check out Dave Stone, in addition to openers Patrick Trowbridge, Rima Parikh, and Sarah Bursich, at The Monocle on May 3.  Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance.