Tommy Johnagin is following in Mike Birbiglia’s footsteps when he comes to town this week. “I’m coming to Cincinnati to record a CD for Comedy Central Records,” he says. “Go Bananas is one of the best clubs in the country and it’s a great place to record. It’s not too big, but you can fit a lot of people in there and the energy really comes through.” (Birbiglia also just recently recorded an album at the club and had similar praise for it.) You might recognize Johnagin from last summer’s Last Comic Standing or from one of his many appearances on the Late Show With David Letterman.
He’s also a frequent guest on radio’s The Bob & Tom Show.
Johnagin is what some people call a “clean” comic, but that’s misleading. “I don’t use curse words,” he explains, “but I still talk about adult relationships and sex and things like that. I try not to be vulgar for the sake of being vulgar. I don’t really curse off stage.” One of the many topics that fascinates him is the concept of “accidental” pregnancy. “If you want to build a shed,” he says, “you’ve really got to want to build that shed. No one’s ever called you after a long weekend and said ‘I think I built a shed last night.’ ” Johnagin performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery. Tickets are $10-$16.
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