Comedian Gary Conrad found his way into hypnosis rather serendipitously. The former stockbroker, looking for a way to improve his concentration while bodybuilding, discovered hypnosis in 1980. At first he pursued it clinically, even traveling to England to study. He eventually took his skills to the stage and has been performing ever since.
Not unlike his peers, Conrad’s show uses high-octane audience participation. He’s not out to embarrass anyone, of course — it’s all good clean fun. Well, maybe not clean. He does offer a few “erotic” shows in each town. Along the way he also mixes in suggestions for weight control, smoking cessation and so on. Oddly, folks will often come back to his shows three or four times in the same week, in the same town. Maybe sit in back the first time and lay low. Conrad performs Wednesday-Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery. $8-$12. Get performance times, buy tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.