I updated the Open Mic List Check it out!
Today a fantastic article came out in the N&O about the Triangle comedy scene. It mentioned yours truly and I’m truly honored. It also mentioned Adam Cohen, Stephen Hamlett, and other comics in the area who find a way to create a stage when there is none. That sounded a lot more schmaltzy than I meant it to.
The indispensible Craig D. Lindsey has been a champion for local comedy for years. He’s written articles for the shows at Motorco Music Hall, he’s written about the Bulltown Comedy Series at Fullsteam Brewery (back when the loverly Virginia Wallace was hosting) and now he’s written about the DIY spirit of Triangle Comedy. Yes, I used caps.
Craig asked to interview Adam Cohen and myself for an article on the local comedy scene. We met up at a movie theater before a midnight showing of “The Siege.” I talked about all the relevant comedy stuff I could think of at 11:15PM and then watched a strange and violent film from the 1970s. It was a fun evening. I told him I was doing a show at this guy’s apartment. He actually hosts shows in his apartment. It’s not everyday that you invite someone to a person’s apartment for a comedy show and they say yes.
I encourage you to read the article yourselves as it is a fine tribute to local comedians. Also I love Craig’s writing and would encourage you read his stuff any chance you get.
The next Motorco show is Andy Woodhull (who’s mentioned in the article). He’s a local favorite, in that he’s a local comedian who is absolutely loved by everyone. He is also VERY successful. He was the first comedian to appear on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He’s appeared on Conan. He was on Live at Gotham. He’s a professional comedian. And if you’ve ever been to one of the shows I’ve produced at Motorco Music Hall you know that I never disappoint.
Thank you to all who’ve supported not just the comedy I perform and produce but all local comedy. We don’t really make anything doing this, and it’s the love from the audience that makes it worth it.
Fortnight mic at Brewing Company 1006 SW Maynard Rd Cary 7:30PM sign up 8PM Show
Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh,
Zog’s in Chapel Hill 9PM sign up 9:30PM show 108.5 Henderson St. Chapel Hill
Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs 134 Thomas Mill rd 7:30 Sign up 8 Show,
Northside District 403 West Rosemary St. Chapel Hill 10PM
Neptune’s in Raleigh 14 W. Martin St. Sign up at 8PM Show at 8:30PM
Idiot Box 348 St. Elm st. Greensboro NC 8PM-10PM 7:30 sign ups $5 admission gets you 4 minutes of stage time. Spots fill up fast.
Friday: No Open Mics. Start one up!
Tootie’s Open Mic in Durham 704 Rigsbee Ave Durham 7:30PM sign up 8PM show
Bull and Bear in Raleigh 5442 Six Forks Rd Raleigh 8:30PM sign ups 9PM show
Comedian after Comedian will complain to you about puns. They don’t like them. They’re above them.
Puns are low comedy. They are where comedy goes to die. They are the remedial potions of comedy. Puns result in you having to have remedial classes which Severus Snape which are actually lessons in Occlumency but you can’t say that because you’re the Boy Who Lived and you’ve got some shit to deal with in secret.
I love puns.
A good pun is a joy in life. It gets a laugh or a groan or in the best cases both. When it’s a good pun, I mean. It’s seen as stupid but puns can be damn clever.
People who hate puns routinely laugh at pun jokes.
There’s something inherently fun about these jokes. It’s the working it out in your head, it’s the feeling of being “in” on something because you get both references. Puns require putting a couple things together in order for it to be funny. Which is why, of course, a lot of puns aren’t funny because it doesn’t always work.
But I will defend puns forever and ever. They’re fun and they can carry an entire Facebook thread without pause.
Since I took over this comedy show from the inimitable Virginia Wallace, it’s been a fun monthly showcase for comics and a fairly entertaining show for rather surprised patrons of Fullsteam Brewery. One of the best ways to gauge a comedy show, in my opinion, is not necessarily by how many people show up, but by how the bars non-comedy related patrons react.
The audience is vital. Without an audience, we’d be up there talking to each other. And we do enough of that at open mics. If you come out to the show this coming Tuesday the 19th, I might just get you a beer. (and I mean that, I get a drink ticket that I don’t always use).
This month features Micah Hanner, Brandy Brown, Kelly Ryan, Jack Bowen, and Brian Malow. One of the best things about this show? NONE OF THEM HAVE BEEN ON IT BEFORE! And for me that’s great, because it’s all about showcasing local comics. And we have a lot of talented people in the area.
Brian Malow is a science comedian. If you’ve ever gone to a comedy show and thought “man, this could use more cleverness and science facts” well we’ve solved that problem! As someone with a periodic table of elements show curtain, I’m excited to see his twenty minutes blinding me with science. And not in a gross way.
Tuesday, April 19 at 9PM. At Fullsteam Brewery 726 Rigsbee Ave Durham
Hosted by Deb Aronin.
Caleb Synan is an up an coming comedian who I’ve been trying to get back to Durham for months. Yep, he’s been here before. Last year when I brought Dave Stone to town, Caleb Synan was his feature act. And he was funny as hell!
I follow him on Facebook and Twitter and I’ve gotta say he’s my daily source of laughter. I highly recommend you check him out! @CalebSynan
Is TONIGHT! Don’t forget it’s a FREE show. Spend all your money on beer, maybe go out and get some food and eat while you’re laughing. OK, that might get food everywhere. How about you eat a little, wash it down with some beer, and then laugh. If you want to do a spit take, that’s cool. Just know that you’ll have to clean it up.
Also don’t choke on the food.
But seriously, it’s a fun show! 9PM at Fullsteam Brewery 726 Rigsbee
The month of March is just ridiculous and full of amazing. Tonight I’m off to the Bowie Ball (Dressed as Jareth the Goblin King, of course) right after I host my favorite mic of all, Tootie’s!
March 15 brings us the Bulltown Comedy Series
Starring Ngozi, Eric Megert, Jason Zaremba, Antony Grows, and the best headliner Mike Mello!
March 28 is Caleb Synan at Motorco Music Hall 8PM. Caleb was here last year with Dave Stone and he just killed it. I’ve been trying to get him back here ever since. Tickets are $10. $8 for students!
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.