Comedian Geoff Tate is keeping focused going into 2011. “Really, just doing stand-up,” he reports, “it’s kind of taking a turn into only telling stories. For the past six or seven months that’s been my focus. It’s a little shift in how I do it.”
Speaking to CityBeat from Philadelphia, where he was featuring for Gary Gulman, Tate tells of a pleasant surprise while performing in the city of the cheese steak. “This had never happened before,” he says, “but somebody actually yelled out ‘Do the acid story!’ during a show.
I’ve never had anybody remember my name or any of my jokes and this guy wanted a specific one.” That particular fan was asking to hear the tale of Tate battling a gentleman dressed as a Stormtrooper from Star Wars at a Halloween party. Finding stories from his past, at least ones that work on stage, is the challenge now. Just how does he decide? “The Star Wars story, that’s a whole thing, like a short story. I can’t do that in one sentence. And to be honest, I have no idea — it seems like magic.”
Sharing the bill with Tate is former Miami University student-turned-headlining-comic, Jeremy Essig. The comedians perform at Go Bananas in Montgomery, Thursday-Sunday Showtime is 8 p.m. with additional 10:30 p.m. sets Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8-$12.
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