WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS?
 
Home · Articles · By PF Wilson
PF Wilson
 

Comedy: Robert Schimmel

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Robert Schimmel has kept his sense of humor despite losing a son to cancer and was later diagnosed with it himself. In between, he suffered a heart attack. But it’s his positive attitude that Schimmel attributes to his survival. “(You could) be in the No. 1 hospital in the world," he says. "You could have the best drugs that money can buy. If your head isn’t in the right place, that shit doesn’t mean anything because your mind is stronger than all of those things.” Performing Thursday-Sunday at the Funny Bone.  

Comedy: JR Brow

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Some comics are encouraged by friends to try stand-up, others by co-workers. For Austin’s JR Brow, it was both, with an extra nudge from the late, great Bill Hicks. It was the late ’80s and Brow was designing T-shirts. A sales rep (Hicks’ brother) met with Brow and invited him to Bill’s show. Brow and Hicks hit it off and kept in touch via phone. “He’d always ask ‘Have you gone up yet? Have you done it?’” recalls Brow. “Next thing you know I did go up, and a year later. I was opening for him in Houston.” He performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Darrell Joyce

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 25, 2009
When he was younger, the Columbus-native Darrell Joyce never really thought of himself as a laugh machine. “I was the guy saying the least out of anybody,” he explains, “but the one thing I did say was a gem and we’d crack up for like 10 minutes.” That was good enough for his friends to insist he try an open mic night. He beat out five other amateurs for a $50 prize. “I thought I’d shit myself,” he laughs, “but it came off kind of Woody Allen-esque. The first time on stage you don’t know anything about charisma or stage presence. You just want to go up, do your dick jokes and hope they laugh.” Darrell Joyce performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Cowboy Bill Martin

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Many comedians first take the stage to satisfy a long-burning desire to perform stand-up. Others are encouraged by friends to try an open mic night. Cowboy Bill Martin started telling jokes to save his life — literally. At the time he was working in advertising. At night he worked on a book, basically a survival guide for men going through a divorce, as he was. "There was some tongue-in-cheek (humor), some motivational thoughts and as things progressed people started telling me 'This reads like stand-up.' That was the beginning of the act." Bill performs at Funny Bone on the Levee Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Tig Notaro

3 Comments · Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Some comedians pursue acting roles, others have acting thrust upon them. Such is the case with Tig Notaro, who just completed work on a film about the life of rocker Joan Jett. Tig was cast as Jett’s mum after her managers submitted her for the part. “It was really fun,” she says. “It was bizarre. It was my first time doing a feature, and a drama, and the first time wearing a dress since I was 5.” Not a complete stranger to acting, she returns to work soon on the upcoming season of The Sarah Silverman Program. Notaro performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Music: Naked Brothers Band

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Being in a TV show about being in a Rock band presents some problems, especially if you really are a musician. Such is the predicament of The Naked Brothers Band, whose Nickelodeon series is a favorite of the tween set and that demographic’s parental units. The program is shot documentary style (a la The Office), and follows the exploits of the Wolff brothers, Nat (14) and Alex (11), along with their band. They take their real tour to the Timberwolf Amphitheatre at King's Island at 6:30 p.m.  

Comedy: Kevin Shea

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Adopted from Korea, Kevin Shea felt compelled to develop a sense of humor as a kid, especially growing up in Bethlehem, Pa. “I wasn’t like I was going to be hung by a noose or anything,” he insists, “but…it’s very different being the only Asian kid in an all white elementary school.” He wasn’t exactly the class cutup, though. “Most people that know me from high school are surprised that I’m actually a comedian.” He decided to try stand up after being laid off, thankfully, from an Internet job in California. He performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Rene Bray

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Rene Bray, the Wilmington High graduate, returns to her hometown to perform two benefit shows. Proceeds will go to the Wilmington schools’ foundation to provide school supplies for children in need. She will be joined by fellow female comics Stephanie Hodge and Kay Frances Brewer, who also graduated from WHS. “How weird is it,” asks Brey, “to have three successful comedians from any city, let alone a town of 12,000?” The comediennes perform Saturday at the Hugh G. Heiland Theatre at Wilmington College. Showimes are 4 p.m. (PG-13) and 8 p.m. (R-rated). Tickets are $10.  

Comedy: Bobcat Goldthwait

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Bobcat Goldthwait rose to prominence in the ’80s with his odd stage persona, which was punctuated by a voice that oscillated wildly between gruff and squeally. These days he can usually be found directing various TV shows or independent films that he has written. He does stand-up at Go Bananas at 8 p.m.  

Comedy: Danny Bevins

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Comedian Danny Bevins has a hard time following current events, at least on cable news. “When I get my news, I’ve got to read it,” he explains. He also thinks having a job is the worst. “You gotta know everything about your job. And you have to know everybody else’s job around you. Not so you can be a better employee, but so you can say, ‘Hey, that’s not my fucking job! I don’t do that.'" He performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.