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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.  

Comedy: Henry Phillips

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 14, 2009
“I’m working on a new album,” says one of America’s favorite comedy-troubadours Henry Phillips. “I might even record a few tunes in Cincinnati. At the very least I’ll be working out all the new stuff.” Phillips is hitting the road after completing a film he co-wrote called Punching the Clown. “We’ve been doing the festival circuit,” he says, “and we won the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, which was really exciting.” Phillips describes it as the tale of a singer/songwriter who makes it big, only to be undone by a Michael Richards-esque misunderstanding. Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Isaac Witty

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 7, 2009
“I describe myself as an observational comic,” says Tulsa-native Isaac Witty, “but I’m more self-observational. I pretty much talk about myself, the situations I put myself into. It’s always about me and human interactions that are awkward.” That can go back quite a ways. “Remember back in middle school the gym teacher would say ‘OK. Everybody get into groups of two?’ ” he asks an audience. “Some people couldn’t find a partner, so they had to settle for who was left. I think that’s how I’m going to get married." Witty performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Al Jackson

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Al Jackson has been doing stand-up comedy for about six years, and he’s played some tough rooms. None were tougher than the classroom where he taught seventh graders in Miami. “You think you’re the funny teacher,” he says, “but when you’re 26 and they are 12-year-olds, they think you’re old and washed up. They don’t think you’re funny at all and they do a lot to undermine your confidence. They’re like, ‘Whatever old man!’” Despite the response from his students, Jackson started looking into open mics. He performs at the Funny Bone Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Greg Johnson

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 23, 2009
“My favorite jokes are the ones that provide some kind of clarity for the audience,” says comedian Greg Johnson. “Like somebody really laughs at it but also says ‘Wow, I never really thought of it that way.’ I think that’s the ultimate goal for a joke.” In addition to stand-up, Johnson has also dabbled in some sketch comedy. He opens for Mike Birbiglia at Go Bananas Thursday-Saturday.  

Comedy: Rickey Smiley

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Rickey Smiley is often described as a "clean" comedian, but it's not something he consciously strives for. "What’s in you is gonna come out of you," he says. "My comedy is pretty clean. I will say a word or two every now and then. It all depends on where I am and where I’m performing. If I’m in a smoked-filled club, late at night, I might do a dirty joke … to get it out of my system." Smiley performs 8:30 p.m. Friday at Procter & Gamble Hall at the Arnoff Center. $45-$75.  

Comedy: Jason Stuart

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2009
“Ohio has been so great to me,” says comedian Jason Stuart, who is in town this week to headline Cincinnati’s Gay Pride festival. He’s somewhat surprised that gay marriage was reversed in California, but not totally. “We have a lot of religious people that live in Orange County, Sacramento and Fresno,” he says. “California’s not just San Francisco and L.A.” For those on the other side who remain un-swayed, he makes this promise: “Come on, straight people, let us marry each other and we’ll stop marrying you.” Stuart headlines Cincinnati Gay Pride festival on Saturday at Hoffner Park.  

Comedy: Nick Griffin

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2009
“I was talking to a friend of mine this week,” says comedian Nick Griffin, “and he said, ‘Nick, remember, no matter how bad it gets, there’s always someone worse off than you.’ So, now I’m depressed and worried about this other poor guy.” Such is life for the Kansas City native, who really only understands one subject: himself. “I try to get as personal with my own life as I can because I don’t know about anything else,” he says. “Lately I’ve been talking about being depressed a lot (laughs).” Griffin performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas. $8-$15.  

Onstage: Josh Blue

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
As if Josh Blue weren't busy enough doing stand-up comedy and playing soccer for the U.S. paralympic team, about a year ago he became a father. He couldn't be happier. "He's a little guy," Blue says of his son, "but he's growing by leaps and bounds." Being a dad has limited his appearances, but he still has to make a living. "I love performing, I just miss being home (with my son). I never thought I'd miss something so much." He performs at the Funny Bone Friday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Dan O'Sullivan

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Dan O’Sullivan likes coming to Ohio, even though the St. Louis native has encountered some problems here. “I’ve had some trouble,” he says. “Bar trouble. Talking to the wrong woman.” Such are the risks you run when you’re, as some describe him, one of the last remaining “classic road comics.” He first performed in an improv troupe that soon disintegrated because one member felt that he should be the star. The others disagreed, and like O’Sullivan, opted for separate careers in stand-up. O’Sullivan performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.