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.
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.