Though he was an admitted class clown, Dan Cummins never had a burning desire to become a stand-up comedian. “I was more like back-of-the-room smart-ass,” he says. “I have one memory in the fourth grade of some classmate saying, ‘You’re like Bill Cosby.’ I didn’t even listen to (Cosby), which was funny.” Ironically, this past year, that same classmate attended the taping of Cummins’s special in Spokane, Wash., the adopted hometown of both. Cummins arrived in Spokane from neighboring Idaho to attend Gonzaga University.
While at school he worked in a sketch troupe and also played in a Rock band. It wasn’t until after college that he gave stand-up a try. “I went back the next week and, since there wasn’t a lot of competition in Spokane, I got a lot of stage time and then I kind of fell into it.” Cummins, who is moving to Los Angeles soon, appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien right before Conan was released from NBC. On stage, Cummins is adding more personal musings to his quirky observations. “I’ll have a good chunk of random things that make me laugh,” he says, “but then I do think, ‘How many hours of material I’m going to get about things like that?’ It’s not the only thing I think about that’s funny.”
Cummins performs Thursday-Sunday at The Funny Bone at Newport the Levee. Tickets are $12-$14.
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