When my friends, family, coworkers find out that I'm doing Stand Up, the first question they ask (after, Really?!, or Tell me a joke!) is who my favorite comedians are, who influenced me. That's a tough question to answer. I'm not sure why. If you ask me my favorite band, I easily rattle off Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and the grunge group. But when it comes to comedy, there are just so many. I got hooked when I was, what 15 years old, on Eddie Murphy's Delirious. I still sing, "Put a nickle...in your butt" and I rewound that tape so many times to hear him backing up over that bump in the road or to hear him say, "Yo man, somebody stole your batt'ry!"
I've been a fan of comedy ever since, and, now, I'm jumping up on stage to become one of them. Below are a few lists, including comedians who inspired me, those I (surprisingly) don't really care for, those that make me want to drop my mic and walk away from an inferiority complex, and those local guys I aspire to perform with.
Feel free to comment.
Comedians who inspired me
Comedians you'd be surprised to know I don't like much
Comedians so good they make me want to drop the mic and walk away
Local Comedians you gotta see: Coming Soon!
I'm doing the New Faces of Comedy show at the Tempe Improv. RSVP at facebook, and I'll get you a ticket (or, just show up and say my name).
I'll be at the Open Mic event at the former Native New Yorker (now Native Grill and Wings) on Gilbert Road, just north of the 60. Show starts at 8:30pm and I go on whenever I go on.
I am humbled by the talent at these shows (including Valerie Roberts, Christie Love and Diane Miner below). This was a great show that ended with the amazing and unique Jonathan Gregory. If you live in the East Valley, you gotta catch one of these shows!
Another awesome show put on by ComedySchools.com and the Tempe Center for the Arts. The video is rough. Look away.