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.
Every Saturday, Tom Brown brings a roster of comics together for a fun show in a comic book shop on the city’s South Side. He’s also a vital part of St. Louis’s open mic scene, providing stage time to both new and professional comics alike every Thursday.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?
DESCRIBE YOUR MATERIAL/STYLE OF PERFORMING TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SEEN YOU
My style is loud but smart. You’ll hear some dumb stuff from but I will be the first to admit it’s dumb. The comic I might say I am most like is Patton Oswalt (but, with like 1/100th the talent).
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?
When I got a spot at Gilda’s Laugh Fest in Grand Rapids. It is one of the biggest comedy festivals in the country, in my home state and helps support a great cause. Also, it helped me legitimize what I am doing to friends and family.
CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?
Coming up with new material. It is hard to focus on writing when you’re running shows and working a million hours a week and also trying not to neglect my family.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
My goal right now is to get more personal. I hate being open and exposed, because growing up, any time I let myself be vulnerable or exposed I would get hurt. On a personal side, I have had a rough year but I’m hoping to find a way to tap that into something to better myself and the material I present on stage.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?
IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A sugar free Red Bull. A little bitter, but full of energy
PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?
Shaun of the Dead. Hold up in the basement super quiet waiting for people with guns to show up. Honestly, do you think I would survive any horror movie?
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?
South City Comedy Series is every Saturday night at Apotheosis Comics. I’ll also be in Jacksonville, IL at the American Legion on October 9th. Also, last Saturday of each month were going to do a late show (10 pm) called Filthy Comics featuring a more raw style of comedy. Follow http://www.facebook.com/SouthCityComedy for details.
Catch Tom around the St. Louis Comedy Scene, and check back tomorrow as we continue to highlight the area’s stand up comics.