Max Price is one of the finalists in the St. Louis Funny Bone’s 2016 Annual Comedy Competition. He can be found performing on a lot of showcases around town, and is the host of a new regular showcase at the Funny Bone, as well as his own indy showcase at Sappington Lounge.
How long have you been performing stand up?
Who are your comedic influences?
John Mulaney, Bill Burr, and pretty much any headliner I’ve opened for. I’ve almost always learned something from someone I’ve opened for, and have been able to take from it, and learn and grow after watching them do like seven sets in four nights.
Describe your worst on stage experience.
My worst onstage experience was an open mic night at the Funny Bone, when I had just started performing. I had only done it a few times and going onstage still made me extremely nervous. So, I drank a lot before the show to calm my nerves, but ended up drinking too much.
It was nearly a packed house and everyone before me was crushing. John Morgan was in town a day early also and was hosting the show, which made me even more nervous. When I got up, my first couple of jokes did well but then I completely blanked on what the rest of my jokes were. I stood there for a good 30 seconds in silence, which feels like hours on stage. Luckily, John yelled something from the back of the room which made me remember my jokes and I carried on from there but bombed the whole rest of the way. To the point where a woman felt the need to shout, “It’s okay sweetie you’re doing fine!”, which made me feel even worse.
After I got off stage, I sat in the back and had it set in my mind that I couldn’t show my face there again. Luckily, John was nice enough to come over and tell me not to feel down and all I needed was some practice and not to give up which gave me the courage to keep doing it. So now, every time John does a week at the Funny Bone I go up there and we talk about that night and catch up with each other. I owe him more than he realizes for encouraging me to keep with it.
Describe your best on stage experience.
My best onstage/also offstage experience was my entire weekend opening for John Caparulo at the Funny Bone. Every show was either sold out, or close to it, and his following here is so strong that the energy in the room for every show was chilling. Every show was amazing and afterward I got to line up with Caparulo and the feature and people were asking for pictures and even autographs. It was completely surreal, though I knew it was mostly out of their excitement to see Caparulo. Even though I’ve never had a huge desire to be a superstar or famous or anything, I can’t deny that it was one of the greatest moments of my life.
What do you like best about the St. Louis comedy scene?
I love that there’s so much going on. It’s amazing to me that there are so many different forms of comedy with great outlets. I just wish more people knew how much awesome and hilarious stuff was going on in their city.
For stand up, I’d have to say The Funny Bone. My favorite moments have been on that stage, and some off of it. Everyone who works there has become like a second family to me. I also owe Matt Behrens a lot for giving me my start there, and giving me some awesome weekends, as well as trusting me with the duty to be in charge of the newly starting Wednesday night showcases there.
You have 30 seconds to convince someone that live comedy is better than staying home and watching Netflix. What do you say?
“Go out and see a comedy show” has a better sex success rate than “Netflix and chill”
Rate the following based on how well you’d do in a fight against them? Candyman, Freddy Krueger, The Girl From The Ring, Chucky
The girl from The Ring would be easy, because why don’t you just turn the TV off? Then Candyman cause I’ve never seen it and he doesn’t sound intimidating. Then Chucky, because I feel like I could take a doll. Freddy I think would get me pretty good tho.
What’s for dinner?
Plug something. It’s why we do this.
Come out Monday, August 8 to the Westport Funny Bone for the 2016 Annual Comedy Competition Finals. Also, Wednesday August 10 at Funny Bone for the new Wednesday Night Showcase.
Thursday August 18 at Sappington Lounge is Barfly, a comedy show run by me and Ryan Ries.