Great tasting whiskey and Stand-up comedy: pay it forward

Great tasting whiskey and Stand-up comedy: pay it forward

I love premium whiskey. I’m no purist, mind you. I need an ice cube – or at least a few droplets of water in there – to let it breathe. And I like it cold. But I start every drink neat, so I know who I’m dealing with. I’m also a lifelong practitioner of “bueasure,” the confluence of business and pleasure inherent in many professions. Simply put, it means making work fun. That can come in many forms, and drinking is but one of them. As a publicist and marketing director, schmoozing was a big part of the job. I’m social by nature but sometimes, admittedly, a little sumfin sumfin took the edge off my nerves and helped me become the life of the party. When I got back into standup, I experienced a rude awakening. There’s a difference between holding court and performing a show. In my early 20s, I didn’t really drink, but I’d nurse a rum and coke (that’d never happen now, with my cultured palate and middle-aged body) as I sat at the bar with Colin Quinn, Denis Leary, Dave Attell and Louis CK (whatever happened to those guys, am I the only one who made it??). In those days, there were no open mics; you just waited til 2:30 in the morning to go on at Standup NY, ComicStrip or the Cellar, or wherever/whenever Barry Katz told you to come over. Anyway, back then I was innocent. I hadn’t accrued years of experience being the funniest ad guy at client dinners and award show after-parties. This time around, I fell back on booze –...
Des Moines Funny Bone

Des Moines Funny Bone

I’ll be guesting Friday night, in support of headliner Ralph Harris (The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien). Two shows, 7:30pm and 9:45pm!
Wounded Warriors Benefit

Wounded Warriors Benefit

I’ll be headlining the All American Comedy show at Just Jules tonight, alongside host Joe Beadle and some other fine comics, to benefit our...
Jerks

Jerks

Kudos to Jerks for putting on some great comedy shows and for having me back to open for radio personality/comedian Steve “Round Guy” Pilchen! “Super-nice staff and patrons, plus awesome food/drink specials, make this island bar a Midwestern oasis!” — me, if I were a restaurant...

Mancow Comedy Search

I’ll be bringing my best rule-busting bravado to the stage, as Chicago shock jock Mancow Muller seeks out new comics for his show! Let’s DO THIS!