When comedian Kyle Kinane moved from Chicago to Los Angeles seven years ago, he not only changed cities, but also the only living arrangement he had ever known. "I lived with my parents until I moved out to California," he says. "It was change by leaps and bounds all around when I moved." After diligently pursuing his dream, he was able to quit his day job last year.
If you're a familiar with Dutch television, you might know American comedian Tom Rhodes as the host of his own late night talk show. For five years he hosted a chat show in the Netherlands and is still widely recognized there. He's back touring the U.S., and he performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery.
When we last spoke to Bobcat Goldthwait, the stand-up comic turned film director had what he described as a far-fetched notion to make a film based on The Kinks album 'School Boys in Disgrace.' It might not be that far-fetched after all. "It's coming along," Goldthwait says. "If things keep moving the way they are, I would expect hopefully at the beginning of next year to be in London and filming." Before that, he performs Friday at Cincinnati Brew Ha-Ha.
Performing in Cincinnati is a sort of homecoming for comedian Greg Warren, a St. Louis native. "It's one of the three or four towns I've lived in," he says. "I know where everything is, where to go, I have friends there. It's like another home to me." The former P&G employee came here from Houston, where he started doing stand-up, and here is where he decided to quit his day job and become a comedian full-time. Thursday-Sunday at Funny Bone on the Levee.
On stage Mike Loftus talks mostly about politics and relationships. But what makes him laugh most is, as he puts it, reality. "Starbucks bullshit Italian," he says. "I find that hysterical. 'I'll have a venti latte.' What the hell? You don't even know what you’re saying!" Loftus performs at Funny Bone on the Levee Thursday through Sunday.
“I love stand-up, but I don’t love show business,” says comedian Kevin Brennan. “People say ‘You picked this business.’ I didn’t really. I picked stand-up comedy, which bleeds into show business.” Brennan, it seems, is just happy telling jokes. Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.
Steve Byrne strives to keep his comedy timeless, so he's not much for current events or trends. The Tiger Woods scandal got his attention though. "I started going off on how if you're of mixed race, people need to identify you," says the half-Korean Byrne. "They choose a side, and usually it's what ever messes with the whitey." He performs at Funny Bone on the Levee Thursday-Sunday.
Weinbach is an accomplished pianist and will sometimes favor the crowd with a quirky original song, should some ivories be available. He also notes that music is more of a serious artistic outlet as opposed to his comedy, which is about, as he describes it, “penises, poo and video games.” Weinbach performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.
Several years ago, after his first performance at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, comedian Joe Matarese struck a developmental deal with VH1. Later he had a similar deal with NBC, but none of the projects came to fruition. Indeed, his real life sounds like a workable premise for a sitcom. Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.
Eight years after leaving P&G to pursue stand-up full-time, Sneed is amazed at how much he has accomplished: a Comedy Central Presents episode, two CDs, the chance to regularly perform in front of 10,000 people, a successful T-shirt business, a popular podcast ('Detention') and headlining some of the top comedy clubs in America. He performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.