Rob Little was working as a computer programmer at IBM when he decided to transition his career into stand-up comedian. He sent out a company-wide email that read, "If you aren't happy here, quit your job and follow your dream," and then tried to follow through with the statement.
He's not a stand-up comic, but sometimes he tells jokes. Nor is he a musician, but sometimes he plays rock music in front of people.
Not an actor, but he pretends to be someone he isn't. Hal Sparks is an artist, an emissary of human emotion, and these are some things that he does.
A heckler in Atlanta once punched TJ Miller in the face. During another stand-up show in Myrtle Beach, a woman slapped her watch and shouted, "You got 15 minutes to say something funny!"
But despite these occasional abuses from his audiences, TJ Miller is devoted to comedy. When he isn't performing stand-up in L.A.'s comedy clubs, he is touring or filming or producing some other form of humor.
Rodney Carrington says there is only one thing he has yet to accomplish during his long and fruitful career as a comedian. "Quit — that's pretty much the only thing I haven't done," Carrington said.
The shelf life for a local improv team is nine months to a year. Apparently, River City Improv is not your average team. Comprised completely of Calvin College alum, the Grand Rapids-based improv team has been providing side-splitting antics on stage since 1994.
When a fan randomly approached Marc Maron on the street a few years ago and told him his comedic style is a crossbreed of Iggy Pop and Woody Allen, the New Jersey-born comic agreed.
In fact, Maron agreed with the branding so much he added the comparison into his official bio. But now, the veteran 48-year-old comic and "WTF" podcast host says things have changed.
A church might not be the most common — or even ideal — venue for a comedy show, but Anjelah Johnson is enthusiastic about her opportunity to perform at Fountain Street Church as a part of the second installment of the comedy festival.
"The funny thing is, I started comedy at a church," Johnson said. "I took a joke writing class at my church ...We had to perform at the church as a part of our graduation."
"Dark, absurd, honest, relatable." These are the words Dan Cummins chooses to describe himself with. Where these descriptors lack in meaning, words like 'angry,' 'cynical,' 'maniacal' and 'slightly cruel' fill in the empty spaces.
When Kevin Nealon nervously approached Andy Kaufman on the sidewalk in front of The Improv in Hollywood back in the late ‘70s, it proved to be a surreal moment – one he vividly remembers.
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