"Most of what I do … comes from pain or anger," muses Kettering native Drew Hastings. "I think that's what tends to drive my stuff. And then I probably tend to look at the human condition using me as an example." His comedy comes from his own experiences in the world and not as a detached observer peering at us through his trademark large black glasses. He performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.
Comedian and sketch performer Mike Cody wants to be the next Lorne Michaels, but he didn't realize it until he was few months into a project known as Underbelly. Featuring area comics doing "everything but stand-up," the show marks its one year anniversary on Tuesday. Each Tuesday for the past year, this loose affiliation of comedians — some from as far away as Columbus and Lexington — have held court in the Southgate House Parlour. 9:30 p.m.
You've seen Bruce Baum somewhere before. You know he's funny, but you might not be able to place the name with the face. "That's why I keep this face," he laughs. A true comedy veteran, Baum has been cracking up audiences since the late '70s as more of a traditional joke teller. He performs at Hollywood Casino's Laff Inn Comedy Club Thursday and Friday.
"It's slow and quiet, then all of a sudden it's like you can't catch your breath," says comedian Paul Mecurio of his career. These days it's been a case of the latter for the former 'Daily Show' writer, and fans of his HBO Web series 'Got No Game' will be glad to hear that new episodes are going to be produced soon. He performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.
Four days before he was to start graduate school at Miami University, Jeremy Essig dropped out and became a stand-up comic. "I wasn't that keen on doing more schooling," he says, "so I started telling jokes." Essig headlines at Go Bananas in Montgomery Thursday and Sunday and will be the feature comic opening for Doug Stanhope Friday and Saturday.
Eddie Gossling has what a lot of comedians want: a steady TV writing gig. The Texas-native is on the staff of Comedy Central's hit 'Tosh.0,' which is going to start taping its second season in a few weeks. The job allows him more time at home with his wife and kids. Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.
A veteran of the New York comedy scene, Kurt Metzger has quite an impressive resume. He has appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham as well as his own half-hour special for that network. He was also a regular on VH-1's 'Best Week Ever.' Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.
Over the years you may have seen Cash Levy on any number of TV talk shows. Perhaps you caught him on Comedy Central. However, those controlled doses don’t really capture the comedic sensibilities of his club set. While he has plenty of good jokes, his real love is just interacting with the crowd and improvising. Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.
Like most current and former 'Saturday Night Live' cast members, Rob Schneider started out as a stand-up comic. Unlike many of that show's alumni, since then he hasn't spent a lot of time telling jokes in front of live audiences. It was pals Chris Rock and Adam Sandler who gave him the nudge.
Like most current and former Saturday Night Live cast members, Rob Schneider started out as a stand-up comic. Unlike many of that show’s alumni, since then he hasn’t spent a lot of time telling jokes in front of live audiences. Until now. He performs at the Funny Bone on the Levee Friday-Sunday.