St. Louis Comedy Profile: Aaron Sawyer

Aaron Sawyer is the creator of Boondoggle, a bi-monthly sketch show that’s become a favorite in the St. Louis comedy scene. A special edition of Boondoggle runs tonight at 10:30 p.m. at The Improv Shop as part of Flyover Comedy Festival. We asked Aaron a few questions about the show.

What is Boondoggle?

Boondoggle is a bi-monthly sketch comedy show that is a combination of live sketch and video shorts interspersed with a running plot line. The gimmick, so to speak, is that every show is entirely written and produced by myself and one other St. Louis comedian, and who that is changes every time.

How long has it been a thing?

Two years.

When and where is it?

This Thursday at 10:30 on the Improv Shop Side Stage. As part of the Flyover Comedy Fest!

How much writing is involved in producing this show and is it all done yet?

A lot. Almost an overwhelming amount. It’s an hour of original comedy written every six weeks, on average, by just two people. Not to mention the filming, editing, set building, and prop work that goes into every show. It consumes you. And no, the writing is never done.

So far, what has been your favorite moment / sketch in the show’s history?

This is probably a cheat, but nothing’s been more satisfying to me than seeing the slow growth of the show over the past two years. There were seven people at the first show, and I knew every one of them. But we pull over triple that now (some of the strangers!), and that growth has been almost entirely by word of mouth, and in spite of the fact that I was one of this city’s worst stand-up comedians.

Is there anything different about the version of the show you’re putting up at the festival vs. your regularly bi-monthly show?

This will be the first show where I have repeated a co-host (Ben Johnson), as well as the first that is not entirely new material. The plot we’re doing is a rewritten version of what we did when he hosted last August, which was a favorite of mine, and that is being padded with new videos and revised sketches from past shows.

You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise crawling toward you. You reach down and you flip the tortoise over on its back.  The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over but it can’t. Not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that?

Sounds like I’m just a jerk.

When and where is the next Boondoggle after the festival?

January 30 th at the Heavy Anchor, with co-host Amy Milton!