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Comedy: Geoff Tate

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"Some of the things I'm talking about on stage are uncomfortable for me to talk about," says comedian and Cincinnati native Geoff Tate, "but I do that because I think that's funny." You gotta give the people what they want, as The Kinks once sang. "I always try to do what I would want to see as an audience member," Tate says. "I want to know what drives the individual." He performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery.  

Onstage: Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 13, 2010
On a car ride from Chicago to Wisconsin, Feldman began to lay what would become the ground work for his current program, Whad'Ya Know? “I made up something that I thought was rather preposterous: a weekly two-hour show, live audience, live band, taking phone calls and doing it as a quiz as a way to get people to call in without talking about major issues.” Known for his quick wit, Feldman says his broadcasting style was influenced by the Rock DJs of the 1960s as well as Groucho Marx.  

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Public Radio host Michael Feldman takes 'Whad'Ya Know?' on the road for live broadcast at Aronoff Center

0 Comments · Monday, July 12, 2010
Michael Feldman first pitched 'Whad'Ya Know' to Wisconsin Public Radio in 1985, and the show went national the next year. It's now broadcast live on Saturday mornings from Madison, though some stations (like WVXU-FM) opt to run it at other times. Periodically the show hits the road, as it will this Saturday when Feldman and his crew do the program from the Aronoff Center downtown.  

Comedy: Ike Witty

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Like a lot of comedians, Tulsa native Ike Witty fled L.A. loving comedy but tired of the Southern California grind. He moved back to Oklahoma, recharged, and is now heading back to Hollywood to pursue comedy writing. He'll also continue to perform stand-up in L.A, which will give him more opportunities to try out new bits and rework older ones. He performs at Go Bananas through Sunday.  

Comedy: Tom Segura

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Though he moved away when he was nine, comedian Tom Segura always looks forward to coming back to Cincinnati. "I definitely want to have some chili while I’m there," he says, "and see some family.” Segura has just released his first album, called Thrilled. Whereas some comics start from scratch after a new release, Segura knows the crowd still wants to hear the familiar hits. "I’m working on a new hour,” he explains, “but I don’t want to give people an hour of 'hey, I’m working this stuff out.'"  

Comedy: Auggie Smith

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Comedian Auggie Smith has gotten a lot mellower in the past few years. "Yeah, unfortunately, and a lot less funny," he laughs. "I haven't turned the corner on that." Don't believe him. Smith is as fresh as today's headlines. Literally.  

Comedy: Kenny Smith

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 15, 2010
A regular on 'The Bob & Tom Show,' Kenny Smith has been a fixture on college campuses for several years now and is starting to become a draw at comedy clubs across the country. Check him out at Go Bananas Thursday through Sunday.  

Comedy: Larry Reeb

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 8, 2010
“My style’s kind of one-liners like the old guys, like Rodney Dangerfield,” says comedian “Uncle” Larry Reeb, “but I’m more twisted and sicker than that, and that comes more from George Carlin. It’s kind of a combination of those two. The “Uncle” handle came years ago, when after a joke he quickly added the tag “some advice from your Uncle Lar,” and it just stuck.  

Comedy: Costaki Economopoulos

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Costaki Economopoulos bills himself as "the biggest name in show business," but there's more to this stand-up comic than clever wordplay. Known for his political and current events humor, Costaki has found himself drifting more toward domestic comedy these days: With the birth of his daughter came many more opportunities for laughs. Economopoulos performs at Go Bananas Thursday through Sunday.  

Comedy: Darren Carter

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Comedian Darren Carter has always seemed like a bit of an outsider. "Yeah, I'm a rebel," he says, laughing. "I think that was essentially true earlier in my life, growing up. As a redhead you are an outsider." Carter performs Thursday through Sunday at Funny Bone on the Levee in Newport.