Lately Cincinnati has been producing some of the best stand-up talent in the country. Josh Sneed, Geoff Tate, Ryan Singer, Gabe Kea, Rajiv Satyal and Mike Cody (to name but a few) are all Tristate-based comedians performing, and in most cases headlining, clubs all around the country. Next up? Alex Stone. Clad in his now trademarked diamond top hat, Stone is on the cusp of being the area’s next breakout comedian. “It’s been hectic,” he says. “New York, Bloomington, then home for a couple of days. It’s a lot of driving, a lot of sleeping on couches.” Stone started his career just after graduating from high school. At the behest of a Sycamore classmate, Stone had thought about doing his act for the school’s variety show.
“I told him, ‘I’ll sign up next year.' " High school ended, though, and he still hadn’t taken the plunge. “I went on the Go Bananas website,” he recalls, “saw ‘The Funniest Person in Cincinnati’ contest, went up and fell in love with doing stand-up.” His style has grown from short absurdist jokes to longer gags and stories. Being given more stage time has allowed him to explore this new territory. He still drops a quick joke here and there, like the one about wanting to be super hero when he was a kid. “But,” he tells the audience, “my parents refused to be murdered in front of me.” Now, of course, he’s focused on stand-up. “For a while when people asked me what I ultimately wanted to do in comedy I would say ‘write for television,’ ” he says. “I still have a desire to do that, but stand-up always comes back to the forefront.” Stone will feature for Ryan Singer at Go Bananas in the Festival Market Place in Montgomery Thursday-Sunday. Tickets are $8-$12, $4 Thursday with college or military ID, $4 Sunday for Bar and Restaurant Employee Appreciation.
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