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Comedy: Jerry Rocha

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 4, 2011
They say the best comedy comes from pain. While that might be a point of debate, it's working lately for Jerry Rocha. "The last time I was in Cincinnati," he says, "I had just gotten out of the worst relationship I had ever been in. I finally found a way to take all that misery and pain I was going through and make it funny." That lemonade landed him in the semifinals of this past summer's 'Last Comic Standing.'  

Comedy: Andi Smith

0 Comments · Monday, December 27, 2010
It's going to be a happy new year for comedian Andi Smith. The Wisconsin native will feature for fellow comic Chad Daniels this week at Go Bananas, a gig she’s excited about. Daniels hand-picked his feature act. "He asked me to do it and I was like, 'Yeah, no problem, that will be really fun,' " Smith says. Now living in St. Louis, Smith kind of backed in to stand-up comedy. Looking for something to get her out of work at a reasonable hour, she decided to go watch open-mic comedy.  

Comedy: Dave Waite, Mark Chalifoux and Friends

0 Comments · Monday, December 20, 2010
It's a homecoming of sorts for one comic, and a decided farewell for another. Cincinnati native Dave Waite moved to New York back in September to further pursue his comedy career. He returns this week to headline two shows at Go Bananas. Meanwhile the man who will feature for him, Mark Chalifoux, will finish packing his bags for the Big Apple next week. "It's a comedy Mecca,” he explains of the move. "I'll be able to learn from the best, and watch the best comedy there."  

Comedy: Geoff Tate

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Speaking to CityBeat from Philadelphia, where he was featuring for Gary Gulman, comedian Geoff 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 Star Wars Stormtrooper at a Halloween party.  

Comedy: Kyle Grooms

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Despite his bespectacled appearance, comedian Kyle Grooms is not a geek. "Nah, not at all," he says, laughing. "I do stuff about how people perceive me and how I perceive myself. Because I wear glasses people automatically assume I'm going to be a little bit nerdy. Just wearing glasses and growing up in the hood with a name like Kyle, you know?" Grooms is not an impressionist, though he does do a spot-on Barack Obama that audiences really enjoy. It's not very political, though. "News gets old fast," he says.  

Comedy: Darrell Joyce

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Comedian Darrell Joyce loves an audience, no matter the venue. Cruise ships, corporate gigs or comedy clubs — he likes the variety. "It's boring if you're doing the same thing all of the time," he says. "I think I need to have that variety of young and old audiences. And there's a big difference between an audience that paid to see you and one that didn't." Still, that mix doesn't cover all of his creative aspirations.  

Comedy: Lachlan Patterson

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"I think when everything is going really shitty for you, that's the best time to try something, because it can't get any worse," says Lachlan Patterson about his first foray into stand-up comedy. "I guess after trying everything else in the world and sucking at it, I realized, 'Hey, maybe I should try it.' I got wasted one night when I was 19 and started doing some jokes I made up the night before."  

Comedy: Robert Hawkins

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
Robert Hawkins is America's premiere road comic. He wouldn't have it any other way. While he wouldn't turn down some TV money, he's happy entertaining folks in clubs across America. Despite the recession, he's never been busier. "(People) ask you all the time 'What do you want to do?' And my answer is, 'I'm already doing it.' I just want to make a little more money doing it and to do that you kind of have to be on TV," Hawkins says. He performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Jon Dore

0 Comments · Monday, November 15, 2010
Aficionados of Canadian television will no doubt recognize Jon Dore (no kin to America's Jimmy Dore), from his many stints up north on the small screen. From co-hosting a daytime talk show aptly named 'Daytime' to being a correspondent on 'Canadian Idol,' his quick wit and surprise punchlines are now winning him fans in The States. You may have caught him guest starring on 'How I Met Your Mother.' Now he's taking his act to the people. Jon Dore performs at Go Bananas in Montgomery Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Troy Baxley

0 Comments · Monday, November 8, 2010
'The Onion' describes comedian Troy Baxley's style as, among other things, "impish." It's a rather odd description for a stand-up comic. "If I show an impish side," he says, "it's probably in my crowd interactions. If the devil had a goofy fucker side to him, I'm definitely impish." Troy Baxley performs at Go Bananas in the Festival Market Place, Montgomery, Thursday-Sunday.