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Vaudeville-in': Comedian Josh Kahn Hosts "Bottoms Up Burlesque: Komic Kahn," May 17 through 25 at the Circa '21 Speakeasy PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 29 April 2013 06:00

Josh KahnAs emcee for the Bottoms Up Burlesque troupe and a former emcee for Burlesque Le’ Moustache, Josh Kahn’s formal responsibilities shouldn’t include disrobing in public. But if you ask Kahn about his favorite experiences from years of hosting and providing comedic filler between striptease acts, don’t be surprised if the first one he mentions involves the night he himself stripped on stage. Or rather, as Kahn refers to it, “the first night I stripped on stage.

 
An Act Built for Misery: Comedian Doug Stanhope Performs His Lacerating Stand-Up at RIBCO on September 28 PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 14 September 2012 06:00

Doug Stanhope

(Author's warning: You know that label that gets slapped on certain CDs boasting raunchy language? The one that reads "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content"? Please imagine that label getting slapped on this interview, too.)

 

If you read the praise bestowed on him by critics and contemporaries in Great Britain, you might imagine that Doug Stanhope is less a stand-up comedian than a stand-up deity.

The UK’s daily newspaper the Guardian, for example, had this to say: “Stanhope shocks you with the virulence of his lucidity; he shocks you into realizing how transparent the confidence trick of Western propaganda can be made to seem. What he has in abundance is the charm, don’t-give-a-damn swagger, and aggressive intelligence that make for important, exciting comedy.”

Iconic British comedian Ricky Gervais, meanwhile, offered this tweet to the world: “Doug Stanhope might be the most important stand-up working today.”

So how does the American Stanhope, who makes frequent tour stops in England and Scotland, feel about spending time abroad?

“I hate it,” says the 45-year-old comedian during a recent phone interview. “It’s not good at all. I mean, I have a great fan base over there, but I just hate the day-to-day of being there. It’s so ... depressing. Like, I get seriously depressed, and I don’t want to do comedy ever again, anywhere.

 
(Don't) Talk to the Animals: Comedian Tim Bedore, October 28 at the Establishment Theatre PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 20 October 2011 07:58

Tim Bedore“A guy once sent me this story,” begins comedian Tim Bedore. “He had a great muscle car from the ’60s, and he had it all waxed and polished to this beautiful shine, and he had it parked under a tree. And this squirrel started dropping nuts onto his hood, over and over again.

“He finally moved the car underneath a different tree, because he wanted to keep the car in the shade and not ruin his perfect wax job. But after he did, the squirrel jumped over to the other tree, and started dropping nuts on the hood. It could’ve dropped them anywhere, but it had to drop them onto the hood of his car. It was a purposeful thing.

“Now, biologists could probably come up with some explanation for this. It liked the sound. Or it thought the car was an enemy. Or,” Bedore suggests, “it just wanted to piss off a human. I mean, why not just go to the simpler explanation?”

 
Comics' Timing: Comedians Alex Reymundo and Nick Madson on Hard Work, Big Breaks, and Dumb Luck PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 06:00

Alex ReymundoTwo veterans of Comedy Central will perform in the Quad Cities this month, neither of whom, in separate interviews, had any trouble recalling his beginnings in professional stand-up.

Bombing on stage, after all, does tend to stick in your memory.

 
Not Ready for the Rocking Chair: Comedienne Grandma Lee, February 27 & 28 at the Rhythm City Casino PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 08:02

Grandma LeeAt one point during my recent (and rather terse) phone interview with comedienne Grandma Lee, the performer explains her interest in stand-up by saying, “You gotta do somethin’ you love. I’m 74 years old, but I’m not ready for the rocking chair.”

It would be understandable if you responded to those statements with, “Aw-w-w, how cute!” But with her voice pitched just a tad higher than Bea Arthur’s, and with her Web-site introduction providing a memorable image of the comic with a beer and a don’t-piss-me-off deadpan, this 74-year-old is hardly your everyday, adorable, cookie-baking granny. (On Lee’s MySpace profile, “Drink/Smoke” is followed by “Yes/Yes.”)

 
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