We’re currently 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.
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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
Autobiographical absurdity. The thoughts and situations are real, the jokes usually aren’t. I started out as a one line guy, heavy on wordplay and puns. Don’t think there’s no room for puns anymore.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?
Back in May, I got to open for Brian Posehn at Helium. That was a dream come true. Back in college, I listened to him and Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins on repeat. Amazing to meet someone I admired so much and who had a huge influence on me wanting to perform.
CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?
Ahhh, great question. I took a 5 month break from standup this year. I think after spending so much time in it, I got burnt out. Finding love for it again is the biggest challenge for sure. I have a lot of fun writing, performing, and making people laugh, but there can be some dark times. Hours of driving to road gigs with no audience or an audience that hates you, missing out on some opportunities you thought for sure you’d get. It’s tough sometimes. I’m coming back from the break fresh and ready to keep moving forward.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
In my break from standup, I started work on a completely improvised show. The premise is that with the help of what the audience brought to the show and what their occupations and skills are, we’re going to rob a bank. So trying that out with a live audience is definitely a 2020 goal. Also want to get some really metal album artwork done so I can put out some of what I’ve recorded over the years in a decent package, tentatively titled Levitating Church or Moving Tomb.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?
You have to tell people what you want and ask for what you want if you want to get it. You can be a great writer and a great performer, but you’re not going to get the opportunities you want if you don’t put yourself out there.
IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Dr. Pepper because I have bold flavors.
PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?
The Mangler – It’s about a haunted machine that kills people in a factory. I would just not go near it.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?
November 12th, I’ll be at Happiest Hour at Sophie’s. https://www.facebook.com/events/485739768651578/?event_time_id=485739801984908
Just follow me on Instagram or add me on Facebook if you like to see fuzzy pictures of bands playing around St. Louis or my hot takes on Ramones album art.
Enjoying these profiles of the local comedy scene? Get out and see a show this week. Then purchase your ticket to Flyover Comedy Festival, coming to The Grove in November. Over 100 local and touring comics will be bringing the laughs alongside headliners like Kyle Kinane & Sasheer Zamata. Wristbands are on sale now!