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Comedy: Darren Carter

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Comedian Darren Carter decided in junior high that he wanted to make a living with his humor. His big break came when he auditioned for King’s Island’s sister park, Great America, in Santa Clara, Calif. “They really wanted jugglers and magicians,” he recalls. “I went in and they liked me, and they wanted me to entertain people that were waiting for the other shows to start." Carter performs at the Funny Bone Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Pat Kilbane

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 10, 2009
“I’m not good-looking enough to be leading man,” says comedian and actor Pat Kilbane. “I’m just good looking enough not to be (cast as) a total dork, and it’s the same thing in life.” The Dayton native, best known for his three-year stint on FOX’s Mad TV, tries to navigate that middle ground on stage. “I have cool moments and I have dork moments.” Kilbane performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Dan Gabriel

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Comedian Dan Gabriel has a soft spot for Cincinnati. “I actually taped my CD (Giant Robot) at Go Bananas,” the California native says. “It's a great room. The low ceilings make the laughs sound incredible.” Don't expect a greatest hits show, though, when Gabriel returns to the Montgomery club. “(Expect) very little stuff from Giant Robot,” he says. “I like to do new material, and new things happen to me all the time.” Gabriel got his start after fellow students at the University of California at Davis encouraged him to go to an open mic night. Gabriel performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Dan Horn

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Ventriloquist Dan Horn doesn’t look like he’s been in show business for almost 30 years. Indeed he doesn’t look a day over 30. Does not moving your lips lead to youthful looks? “I don’t know if it’s ventriloquism that keeps you younger, or just laughing,” he ponders. “They say laughter is the best medicine, and I spend a lot of time just laughing. Maybe that’s what keeps you looking younger. I hope so anyway.” The Phoenix native became interested in ventriloquism at the age of 5 when he saw a future Miss America Vonda Van Dyke perform an act in his hometown. orn performs at The Funny Bone on the Levee Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Vince Morris

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 6, 2009
“Comedy to me is true,” says stand-up comic Vince Morris when asked about what makes him laugh. “It’s what I can relate to or something that someone is being honest about,” he says. “If you’re being honest about what you’re talking about, and it comes from the heart, then that makes me laugh. When I watch other people, to me, that’s what true stand-up is.” Morris performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery.  

Comedy: Bert Kreischer

1 Comments · Monday, December 29, 2008
Bert Kreischer is a party animal. In fact, while he was in college, Rolling Stone named him “America’s Number One Party Animal.” After the issue hit the newsstands, Kreischer’s life changed over night. Radio and TV interviews followed, and Oliver Stone optioned his life story, but that project eventually fell through. Well, sort of. “The option ran out,” Kreischer explains, “and one of the writers who submitted his script to Oliver Stone got his intellectual property back, turned around and sold it to National Lampoon, and they ended up making Van Wilder out of it. So basically Van Wilder was inspired by my life, but I get no money from it.” But there is one thing about the film that amuses Kreischer. “Apparently they didn’t change the names of any of my friends, so all of my friends’ names are in the movie,” he says, laughing. Kreischer performs Friday-Sunday at The Funny Bone on the Levee.  

Comedy: Josh Sneed

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Another hometown comedy hero returns. Josh Sneed will yuk it up at his “home” club, Go Bananas, Friday through Sunday. The former P&G-tech geek turned stand-up comedian and T-shirt mogul wraps up a busy year, and gets set to kick off what will hopefully be an even more hectic 2009. His album Unacceptable, released by Comedy Central records earlier this year, is available via download through Amazon and iTunes. It has been getting rave reviews. Sneed will also be one of the hundreds of comedians qualified for Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Showdown. You can help him capture the top spot starting in January when the 2009 competition begins.  

Comedy: Joe Starr

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sometimes comedy skips a generation — at least it did in the case of comedian Joe Starr. “My grandfather was in vaudeville in the 1920s. He passed away when I was 9, but before he passed away he made me promise I would get on stage at least once trying anything, because my father wanted nothing to do with the business.” The young Starr was 13 years old, and for a talent show in school did both sides of Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First?” sketch. “It was off and running from there,” Starr says. Today he is a solid joke teller. Starr performs Thursday-Sunday at The Funny Bone on the Levee.  

Comedy: Roy Wood Jr.

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 9, 2008
As a stand-up comic still moving up in the ranks, Roy Wood Jr. travels a lot. Traveling has actually provided Wood with a lot of new material. “I was on a flight from Houston to Tampa and they took my Skittles,” he says. “They took my fruit-flavored candy and dude told me ‘It might be a bomb.’ Terrorists are making bombs but they’re not taking time to make them bite-sized and tropical flavored. That’s not happening but you try to explain that without making a scene. Everybody on the flight thinks you’re a jerk cause you snuck candy on the plane.” But you won’t hear that joke again and again. “I try my best to constantly write new stuff and redefine my old stuff,” he says. “My whole thing with my act is not to be predictable.” Wood Jr. performs Thurday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Comedy: Rich Vos

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 2, 2008
You’ll have to forgive Rich Vos if he seems just a little tired. Though divorced, he remains a devoted father, spending as much time as he can with his two girls. It’s not easy, as he now has a baby with second wife, comedian Bonnie MacFarlane. His job keeps him on the road quite a bit but for Vos stand-up comedy was really the only vocation open to him. He took to the stage after, as he puts it, “failing at everything else. I went up the first time and I died like an animal.” Undaunted, he pressed on. “I got back up on stage whenever I got the chance. I just kept doing it, and eventually I got a little better and little better.” Today he’s a headlining comic and was a finalist on the first and third seasons of Last Comic Standing. Rich Vos performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday. $10-$15.