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Comedy: Michael Kosta

By PF Wilson · September 13th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

“I always joke that I went from being a starving athlete to a starving artist,” says comedian Michael Kosta.

A native of Ann Arbor, Mich. and a talented tennis player, he wound up forsaking his hometown college (the University of Michigan) to attend the University of Illinois. “Michigan fans are very arrogant,” Kosta states. “I’m on the record saying that. They couldn’t understand why I would leave my hometown and go to a different school.”

Illinois, it seems, had a better tennis program, winning the Big 10 title all four years that Kosta was there.

He also wanted a change of scenery. “Michigan fans couldn’t wrap their heads around that.”

Ironically, he eventually did wind up at Michigan — as a coach. “I just started doing open mics in town, and I just really fell in love with stand-up. Comedy and tennis are similar. You’re out there by yourself, and if you fail there’s no hiding it.”

On stage he adopts an exaggerated persona. “I play kind of a character that is in love with himself,” he says. “I talk about dating and how crazy my parents are getting. I love to engage and interact with the audience too. That’s something I really love to do. I have material I do I repeat, but every show is a little different, because I’m always using people in the audience.”

Michael Kosta performs at Go Bananas in Montgomery Thursday through Sunday. Showtime is 8 p.m. with a 10:15 p.m. performance Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8-$12. $4 Thursday with college or military ID, $4 Sunday bar and restaurant worker appreciation.

Go here for show and venue details.