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Comedy: Robert Hawkins

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Robert Hawkins is one of America’s foremost joke tellers, something that’s a bit of a dying art in stand-up these days. “I talk about how I’m a procrastinator,” he says, “and I haven’t gotten around to writing the punchline.” Often he jumps from topic to topic, simply because he just can’t concentrate on long bits. “My mind wanders too much,” he confesses. Robert Hawkins performs at The Funny Bone on the Levee Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Mike Armstrong

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
“I like doing comedy,” says cop-turned-comic Mike Armstrong. “I get shot at less, too. People don’t shoot at comedians like they do at the police.” And, yes, he was funny cop too. “I’d constantly pull (drivers) over and warn them about speed traps … just to see their faces.” He gives another example. “On the expressway where it says, ‘Authorized Vehicles Only,’ people make u-turns,” he explains. “I’d pull up behind them, put on my lights, then I’d go over my intercom, ‘I authorize you.’" He performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: TJ Miller

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 28, 2009
“It’s a mix between observational humor and me talking about awkward human interactions,” says comedian TJ Miller when asked to describe his set. “I do a lot of characters toward the end of the act.” Indeed, Miller started off as an improvisational performer before following his heart and pursuing stand-up. In fact, he toured with the very great Second City, but realized the limits of that brand of comedy performance. Miller performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Greg Warren

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2009
St. Louis native Greg Warren is sort of a Cincinnati homeboy. “I started doing stand-up in Houston while I was working for P&G,” he says. “Then I got transferred to Cincinnati.” The Queen City is where he took the plunge and started doing comedy full time. Warren performs Thursday-Sunday at The Funny Bone on the Levee in Newport.  

Comedy: Bob Biggerstaff

1 Comments · Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Bob Biggerstaff knew he wanted to be a comedian but he didn’t know how to go about it. Then he got the notion to become a doorman at a comedy club in his hometown of Houston. There he met comics like Dave Attell, Tom Rhodes and the late Mitch Hedberg. Biggerstaff performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Aries Spears

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2009
When asked about his favorite things to talk about on stage, Aries Spears says, “Anything to do with midgets or Barack Obama.” The election of President Obama hasn’t made Spears any more political, but it has influenced his act. While he’s remembered for his many impressions on Mad TV, there’s a lot more to his set these days. “Impressions will always be a part of it,” he notes, “but I don’t think it’s the majority of my act." Spears performs Thursday-Sunday at the Funny Bone on the Levee.  

Comedy: The Naughty and Sorta Nice Tour

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Comics April Macie and Christina Pazsitzky have quite a lengthy name for their combined tour, The Naughty and Sorta Nice, Sex in Every City Tour. The moniker does give a fairly good indication of the premise, as both are attractive. Macie is the vivacious hottie (the “naughty one”) seeking to break down male/female stereotypes and double standards. Pazsitzky discovered comedy as a way to overcome her self-described dorkiness. Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Auggie Smith

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 10, 2009
“When I was younger, I used to write a lot more angry material,” says comedian Auggie Smith. “Everything wrong with society.” He has since mellowed out. He does this because he feels one branch of comedy isn’t in the best of health. “I worry that satire is becoming a dead art in popular society,” he says. “So, I’m going to continue to pound satire down people’s throats until they do understand it.” Smith performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Chelsea Handler

0 Comments · Monday, March 2, 2009
Chelsea Handler isn't sure what her main career is. Actress, TV talk-show host, author, stand-up comic ... she does it all. But what does she put on her tax return? "Advanced drinker is usually what I put down first," she says. Handler performs at 8 p.m. at the Taft Theatre.  

Comedy: Jimmy Dore

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 24, 2009
While many comics avoid current events, Jimmy Dore revels in them. Now more than ever. And he feels that tough economic times are actually better for his line of work. "Comedy is that thing that people need to rebel," he says. Dore performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas. $8-$12.