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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.  

Music: Shiny Toy Guns

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 2, 2008
If you were trying to determine the age demographic of Shiny Toy Guns, you'd have a very difficult time. Though they've landed several songs on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, they have a legion of young fans. Very young fans. It may be the fact that parents are rocking out to the Guns and their ’80s-like sound that's bringing in the kids. Shiny Toy Guns mixes the spirit of the ’80s with Modern Rock and dance floor sounds at The Madison Theater with The Ting Tings and SafetySuit. 7 p.m.  

Comedy: Vic Henley

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2008
You'd think that an Alabama-bred comedian like Vic Henley would eventually run out of material about the South. Not so. "My wife and I went down there," he says from his home in New York City, "and we were having dinner at O'Charley's or Friday's, and she got a Caesar salad. The waitress came out and said 'I'm sorry we're out of Caesar leaves.'" That's a gimme. "You write it down. That's all you have to do, and keep it," he laughs. He plays Go Bananas Wednesday-Sunday with a Thanksgiving night show at 9 p.m. $8-$15.  

Comedy: Rajiv Satyal

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Procter & Gamble is known worldwide as a producer of soap, healthcare products and … comedians? Yes, you can add Fairfield-native Rajiv Satyal to the list of former- P&G employees turned comics. That list also includes, of course, national headliners Josh Sneed and Greg Warren. Satyal, though, is moving up fast. Satyal performs for the grand reopening of The Funny Bone on the Levee in the old Pacific Moon space. Both shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday will have SNL alum Kevin Nealon as the feature. $25.  

Comedy: Jimmy Pardo

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It’s an election year, but comedian Jimmy Pardo never seemed to get into it. “I donated money to Obama’s camp so I could get a free bumper sticker for my car,” he says. “That’s about as political as I’ve gotten.” Though he did a few jokes on the subject, his heart just wasn’t in it. “Maybe I’m just not that great at it and I'll leave that to better comics.” He still has plenty to talk about though, like his 11-month-old son. “He's getting to the age where we're rolling the ball back and forth,” he says. “And he knows to raise his hands in front of his face because he knows I’m going to whip the ball at him.” Pardo has also been hard at work on his award-winning podcast, which is now in its fourth season. An edited version is free through iTunes, but paying customers at Pardo’s Web site (www.JimmyPardo.com) get the full 90-minute cast. “Ever since we’ve gone to a pay format it’s been paying the bills,” he remarks. “It’s fascinating what the Internet can do.” Pardo performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas. $8-$15.  

Comedy: Troy Baxley

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Comedian Troy Baxley describes his set as a tiny organism. “Each show is a brand new sweet baby,” he says. “That’s why I get offended when people go ‘How was the show last night? Did you kill?’ Well, I don’t kill babies, if that’s what you’re asking. My show is a loving, caring chest hug.” After 16 years, the Denver native can sense where he should take the audience. “I can’t sit at a computer and write jokes,” he explains. “I just think jokes like that sound like a guy sitting at a computer and writing jokes.” Instead, Baxley will start with a premise and gradually expand on it from show to show. He performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.