“For 20 years I’ve wanted to do comedy,” says comedian Brian Knab. “I don’t even remember what prompted me to send an email to Go Bananas back in the winter.” That whim landed the 38-year-old a spot on Pro Am night at the club. It was his first performance since his high school talent show in 1991. “I did it, and it went really well,” he says.
Joe DeRosa stumbled into comedy while performing music with a buddy. "We were trying to play some songs at the end of a music open mic," he says. "The crowd was drunk and they weren't listening." DeRosa and his friend had downed a few as well and Joe started berating the crowd, finally getting them to pay attention. "We got off stage and the manager was like 'You're funny man, you guys should do a comedy show.'"
Jim Florentine launched a career as a stand-up comic, but not primarily to crack wise in front of a roomful of strangers. "I'd always thought about doing stand-up and I saw all of my friends who were in bands and all the chicks they were getting," he says. “"I was like, 'I gotta get on stage.' I didn't have any musical talent, so I did comedy because people always told me I was kinda funny."
Humorists such as Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Jimmy Dore and Will Durst delve into the issues of the day and enlighten while also making us laugh. But what about other issues of interest to people, like UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, criticism of the Federal Reserve, conspiracy theories and unexplained phenomenon? Enter Kooks, a comedy trio featuring stand-ups Ryan Singer, Tom Simmons and Billy Wayne Davis.
Don't feel badly if you're in the minority of folks who don't recognize Tom Wilson from the film 'Back to the Future' or the cult TV series 'Freaks and Geeks.' Throughout his TV and film career, Wilson has been a headlining stand-up comic. "You don't have to apologize. (My stand-up show) works on its own. You don't need the pop culture background in order to understand what I'm talking about."