Many comedians first take the stage to satisfy a long-burning desire to perform stand-up. Others are encouraged by friends to try an open mic night. Cowboy Bill Martin started telling jokes to save his life — literally. “I knew three guys,” he starts, “and this isn’t going to sound funny, but they all committed suicide after a break-up, and I had just been through a divorce.”
At the time he was working in advertising. At night he worked on a book, basically a survival guide for men in the same position.
“There was some tongue-in-cheek (humor), some motivational thoughts and as things progressed people started telling me ‘This reads like stand-up.’ That was the beginning of the act.”
He does a lot of the same type of material today, but not because he can’t think of anything else. “I just went through my second divorce,” he laughs, “so I was able to dust off a lot of the old material.” Martin also touches on religion, family and other topics, and has survived the ups and downs quite nicely. “I feel pretty comfortable in my own skin these days.”
Cowboy Bill Martin performs at Funny Bone on the Levee Thursday-Sunday. $12-$14.
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