What’s Greg Warren talking about on stage these days? “I don’t know,” he says sitting in a coffee shop somewhere in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo. “And when I say that I’m not answering your question with, ‘I don’t know,’ literally I’m starting every show with, ‘I don’t know,’ because I don’t know. As I get older, I’m 43, I’m not sure of anything anymore. I found out yesterday through Microsoft Word, that I’ve been spelling separately wrong for 30 years, which is discouraging.” Though he’s still a Cardinals fan, Warren is an adopted son of the Queen City.
It was while living here, and working for P&G, that he developed his desire to do stand-up comedy. From there it was off to Houston and finally Los Angeles. “I thought that’s what you were supposed to do,” he says. However, California wasn’t what Warren thought it would be. “When I was living in Los Angeles, I wasn’t in a very good place to be writing material,” he says. “All of my best stuff has been written since leaving Los Angeles. That doesn’t mean I won’t return at some point.” Warren has been busy, though. In 2010 he released a song/music video with fellow comic Henry Phillips called “One-Star People.” It’s based on one of Warren’s most popular bits. He also worked on a few videos for the website flowrestling.com in the guise of his character Wes Wesley. “I was pretty busy last year, wasn’t I?” he says, laughing. “This year, though, I’m concentrating on my stand-up.” Warren performs Thursday-Sunday at Funny Bone on the Levee. $15-$17. Show Times: 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday.