Thoughts on the Sick of Stupid Comedy Tour and the Southern Accent

Excuse me while I step onto a soap box.

As most of you know, the Sick of Stupid Comedy Tour is having their final show at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC on Sunday, January 24 at 8PM

I’ve been promoting this for some time, but that’s not what this post is about.  I’d like to discuss why this tour is so important.

Cliff Cash, Stewart Huff, and Tom Simmons are really good about posting their thoughts on Facebook regarding the tour. And I can understand why, the concept of the South is so messed up.

Think about the last few times you heard someone do an impression of a stupid person in the United States. What did it sound like? Chances are they had a southern accent. It’s so ingrained in our culture to think of people in the South as one way.

“Murica!”   “They’re stealin’ our jerbs!”  Or just the beginning of the dueling banjos from Deliverance.

I was listening to Daniel Radcliffe (yes, the actor who played Harry Potter) on the WTF podcast with Marc Maron. He was talking about filming in Virginia. They discussed how nice people actually are down there and how beautiful the state is etc. Something else he said that caught my attention: his take on the southern accent from the perspective of a Brit. To him, it’s not a “stupid accent” it’s a “f*#ing cool” accent. Southerners sound like cowboys! I’m paraphrasing.

I do it, you might do it, you’ve certainly heard one of your friends do it. And you’ve definitely heard someone on TV do it.  A fake southern accent used to impersonate a stupid person. If it’s a conservative, it’s a southern accent. It’s so difficult to break that habit. Marc Maron says that he’s trying. That’s a good sign.

I’m probably going to do my stupid impression of a southern accent (I’m not great at accents as of yet) from time to time. It’s tricky to change a habit.

Most of you reading this live in the area, so you’ll agree.  The audiences of Larry the Cable Guy do NOT represent all of us. If comedy is going to be southern, it’s better off in the hands of Cliff Cash, Stewart Huff and Tom Simmons.

I’m stepping off my soapbox.



Quick Announcement: Carolina’s Funniest Comic Quarter Finals

At DSI Comedy Theatre in Chapel Hill/Carrboro

Friday January 15 at 7PM


I’ve made it to the Quarter Finals! I’m up against 6 people in my round. VERY good comedians, so competition is getting tough. It’s 100% based on audience vote. Click the Tickets link above and use my promo code DARO to get your tickets for $6 instead of $10.  What a deal!  I’m working on my set everyday trying to get it perfect. Wish me luck!

oh and get there on time or else you won’t get a ballot!  You have to be there before the first comedian gets off stage. I think that’s how it works.




Remarkable Content.

After online classes, research, job applications and several contemplative looks into my future I’m left with this: Remarkable Content. It’s an Inbound Marketing thing, the whole “create good stuff and attract the right people” idea. Which I can totally get behind because I’m expected to write good comedic material.

So far I’ve just been writing blog posts announcing upcoming shows and…well that’s about it. Now I’ll try to put out some actual blog posts, by which I mean stuff about stuff.

Which leads me to this question: what does one write about on a comedy website run by an un-famous local comedian?

My journey?  I don’t know about that. Seems a bit self involved, even for me.  Informational pieces on how to be a comedian? I’m not Marc Maron, I’m not Sarah Silverman, I’m not any of those people…I’m not qualified.  Remarkable content isn’t really a personal blog at all. But what am I left with but opinion pieces and other thoughts?

Stuff I like. That’s what you’ll get.  Videos, ideas, local people, interviews. It’s time to experiment with ComedyDurham. Time to talk about the city, the Triangle, the people, and yes…comedy. At least what I feel like I’m qualified to talk about.

This is a website created to help promote myself, the shows I host and produce, and other shows in Durham.

Let’s see what else happens.



Bulltown Comedy Series Jan 19, Sick of Stupid Jan 24, Matt Braunger Feb 18

But first, Bulltown.

Yes, it’s a new year. A new year and a new age of comedy. Ok, not really. But still new comedy shows. Since I’ve taken over the Fullsteam shows I’ve had nothing but fun. Come on out and join us! This month we have:


Brett Williams, Reid Pegram, Virginia Wallace, Kenyon Adamcik, Max Isaacson, and Brian Burns! Hosted by myself.



The Sick of Stupid Comedy Tour is just around the corner. You might have gotten an email or a Facebook invite already. Check it out!


And Matt Braunger, now on Thursday, February 18




Tootie’s and Sundries

I like that word, sundries.

Tootie’s is tonight at 8, as per usual. Next week there will be no mic, as it will be the day after Christmas.  I have made it to the second round of Carolina’s Funniest Comic at DSI! I’ll be performing 1/7 at 7PM. I’ll put up more info later when I’m not on my way out to a mic.  My promo code is DARO if you’d like a $4 discount!

Upcoming shows: Sick of Stupid Comedy Tour at Motorco January 24

Matt Braunger February 18 also at Motorco Music Hall.

I’m off to enjoy the outdoors! It’s finally FINALLY cold out. Thank goodness. I hate warm winters.


Improv Percolator, the Common Ground Theatre, and the Durham Rescue Mission



It’s comedy for a cause. That’s been known to happen.  This time it’s improv comedy that will wet your pants, not stand up.  My ridiculously talented improv teacher, Anoo, has invited me and a couple of my classmates to perform at the Common Ground Theatre this coming Saturday.  Bring some new socks and money to donate to the Durham Rescue Mission.

Saturday, November 28  8PM

Common Ground Theatre

4815B Hillsborough Rd. Durham, NC

Look here for a more detailed location


Look here for info

And here for tickets


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Forget Black Friday. Just sleep in.



Myq Kaplan Sunday

Sunday November 22     9PM


I’m so excited for this, are you?

You should be.

Brought to you by TransLoc.  Our fabulous sponsor!  Look on the right for more info. Or wherever it is on the site, I think it’s on the right side.


The fabulous John Sideris is the feature act!  Check out his podcasts and such.

Bulltown Comedy Series Season 1 Episode 2: My Fucked Up Facebook Friends

Tuesday, November 17  9PM


Yeah, that’s right. My fucked up Facebook friends.  You have them, your mom has them, and I definitely have them.  Luckily mine are all comedians of some sort.

They all have their parts to play in my life and now you’ll get to see some personality wielded joke hammers (that’s a thing, I just created it) at Fullsteam Brewery.

Free Show

The last show was DAMN good. I’m looking to up it even more.

I give you:

Jennie Stencel: The Selfie

Jason Zaremba: The Indignant Little Brother

MurderAnn: The Geeky Opinionated Charlie Brown

Zo Myers: The Mood

John Sideris: I just like him

and Mark Brady: The Man with the Suspiciously Upbeat Posts About Life

Hosted by yours truly, Deb Aronin: The Shameless Promoter.

At Fullsteam Brewery 726 Rigsbee Ave

Durham NC   Tuesday November 17  9PM   and it’s fucking FREE!

I’ll see you there



bulltown comedy poster NOV2015_r1-2

Matt Braunger rescheduled. New show!

Hey all.  Some of you may already know from the newsletter,  Facebook,  Twitter,  or Motorco. .. but the Matt Braunger show is being rescheduled.  You can get your tickets refunded if you wish.  Or you can hold onto them for the rescheduled show.

Now, if you’ve set aside the date and are jonesing for some comedy on Thursday November 5 at 9, then come out to Motorco.  We will be having a FREE local showcase.  Much like the ones at Fullsteam only this one is at Motorco.

I promise quality entertainment.

I hope everyone had a lovely Halloween!  I was busy doing stuff to apples.



Bulltown Comedy Series. Tootie’s. Yeah I’m still talking about it.


Bulltown Comedy Series

Tuesday October 20 9PM at Fullsteam Brewery

726 Rigsbee Ave Durham NC  FREE!


Never done promoting. Never give up. Never surrender.

And why would you want me to?  The Farmer’s Market would be a lot quieter without a comedy barker.

I’m gone to New Orleans for a week (well a few days there and then a weekend in Pensacola…hey it’s for a wedding). So I’ll have the fantastic Grant Sheffield hosting next week’s Tootie’s.  Still thinking of changing the name to “Why not?” or “Ehhhh…. F*ck it”

The Bulltown Comedy Series is 10 days away. Start getting your friends together now!

I’ll see you there.  :-)