“I always pride myself on being a stand-up,” he says. “I like writing new jokes and trying them on stage, even if they don’t work it’s still exciting to me, rather than some comics who borrow material for an easy laugh. There are stock jokes out there. That’s my one pet peeve with comedy; never go for the easy laugh.” Owen also has a keen awareness of what issues to cover and when to cover them. “I’m going to talk about Penn State, I can tell you that much,” he says about his upcoming appearance in town. “Because I don’t ever think, ‘It’s too soon.’ I think if you know what you’re talking about you can address it immediately. You gotta jump on that quick because pretty soon all the comics will be talking about it.”
For the full audio interview with Gary listen to episode 19 of P.F.’s Tape Recorder Comedy Podcast here. Owen performs at The Funny Bone on the Levee Wednesday and Friday-Sunday. No show Thursday. Tickets are $15-$17.