“I’ve definitely softened since I had a kid,” says comedian Robert Kelly. “Growing up in Boston and coming up as a comedian there in that era, it was a very blue-collar comedy school. It’s not a blue-collar thing now. It’s more nerdy dudes.”
Kelly learned from some of the best.
“When I was coming up it was Lenny Clarke, Steve Sweeney and Denis Leary. We were really aggressive. We were assholes.”
In the early part of his career, his comedy was very instinctual, but then he realized he had to grow.
“You learn to do comedy better,” he says, “and you can tell what stinks, what’s hack, how to tell a joke and put stuff together.”
8-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. $15 early bird; $20 general admission. Taft’s Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, facebook.com/bombsawaycomedy.