After years of doing stand-up comedy, Tom Simmons believes he still has a lot to learn.
“I’m going to focus more on the performing, which I haven’t really,” he says of his heavy focus on writing jokes. “I feel I’ve been getting by with one hand tied behind my back.”
Simmons has also been studying how, historically, current events can sometimes have a longer lifecycle in comedy. “After 9/11, President Bush said we’re going to rid the world of evil,” Simmons recalls. “And everybody jumped on that, ‘Yeah, that’s our goal.’ We can’t rid the world of evil. A lot of people tried in the past like Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi — and then we had W on the case.”
Simmons performs Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.