“I was a fat kid growing up,” says comedian Adam Ray, “and I think that’s where a lot of my comedy came from. I was known as the little chub that wore sweatpants to class and said something funny when he raised his hand to answer a question, so I thought, ‘OK. I’m going to try and make people laugh all the time.’ ”
From there he began impersonating friends, relatives and teachers. He brought his friends into the act, as it were, in junior high by making funny videos. “Instead of getting drunk or fucked up, we’d make these little movies and entertain ourselves.”
In high school, Ray and his buddies completely took over the high school news program. “We turned it into a sketch comedy show,” he says. “We turned it into 15 minutes of comedy, with five minutes of announcements at the end. The teachers finally started turning it off.”
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday (May 10); 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday (May 11); 7 p.m. Sunday (May 12). $12-$45. Funny Bone Liberty, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.