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.
The second edition of the Flick My Clip Film Festival at Go Bananas — organized by Cincinnati/Dayton-area comics Ryan Singer, Alex Stone and Mike Cody — features short films made by not only area comics, but ones from around the country. The Flick My Clip Film Festival takes place at Go Bananas in Montgomery Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.
Comedian Brendon Walsh can't decide whether he’s depressed or successful: "Is it a sign of depression if the only reason you take the sweatpants off you’ve been wearing for three days in a row is to use them as a napkin in bed? Or is it a sign of living the dream?" So far, he thinks it’s the latter. Thursday-Sunday.
“I was the fat, weird kid,” recalls comedian Lisa Landry. “I was the geeky kid who was socially awkward and had a very sassy mouth.” And, like other kids, she didn’t get along with her brother at times. “He’s gay, so it was mostly over taking my dresses.” She performs at Go Bananas NYE, Saturday and Sunday.
Being a teacher in the Dayton City Schools, however briefly, taught Ryan Singer at least one valuable skill that he took into his stand-up comedy career. “I think more than anything it taught me room control,” he says. These days Singer travels the Midwest, and is steadily building a following. He performs at Go Bananas Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Jim Short was born in Australia and moved with his family to Texas when he was 12-years-old, yet he doesn’t feel like a native of either. This comic-without-a-country, has lately been talking to audiences about survival in these tough economic times, but not from any sort of political perspective. Thursday-Sunday at Funny Bone on the Levee.
You’ll have to forgive comedian Robert Hawkins if he’s skeptical about the severity of the recent economic downturn. “This could be a record year [for me],” he says. “This could be 40 weeks or more on the road…which is both a blessing and a curse. Be careful what you wish for.” He performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.
“The last time I was through Cincinnati, I was probably a much happier soul,” reports comedian Roy Wood Jr. “(My act now) is more about things that make me want to punch walls. It could be something as simple as paying for extra sauce when I order chicken nuggets. I still consider that to be one the greatest travesties in this country in terms of just extorting the workingman. It’s worse than the $50 for luggage.” Condiment issues aside, things are going well for the Houston native. Thursday-Sunday at The Funny Bone.
John Henton, known to TV viewers as a cast member of both 'Living Single' and 'The Hughleys,' had never thought about becoming a professional stand-up comic. One day, though, in the early 1980s, his co-workers at a Cleveland-area warehouse dared him to take the stage on amateur night at a local comedy club. He's been doing it since. Henton performs Thursday-Sunday at the Funny Bone.