Category Archives: National Comics

Joel Kim Booster 2.0

I am less interested in solving problems with my comedy now.

Comedian Joel Kim Booster, a 30 year old Chicago native, has begun a metamorphosis in his career. Identifying as a gay, Korean-American man and growing up with Evangelical foster parents,  Booster used to rely on his comedy as a form of therapy. His act largely focused on his sexuality and being oppressed as a minority within a minority.

Booster has recognized a shift in the comedic environment. He no longer feels the need to work out his traumas on stage. Booster admits he fell into sync with horrendous Asian stereotypes and worked them out on stage. He recalls seeing things like “No Asians” on dating apps that would teach him to feel like he was less desirable and accept dates he normally would not have. Now that Booster has been able to take a step back and realize he was feeding into the BS, he’s decided to find a new voice in his comedy.

I’m in an interesting new phase of figuring out what my voice is and trying not to rely on identity stuff.

Booster’s material is taking a rather different approach to modern society. He’s decided to avoid reality all together, not because he doesn’t see reality’s importance, but because of the pressure to or not to make jokes about the Trump Administration, Fake News, and pressing social issues. Booster’s new act will entail a “divorced from reality scenario with gay men owning the sky and straight people owning the land,” he told The Huffington Post.

My thoughts about racism are so serious, and I don’t go to a funny place anymore when I read the news. 

Catch Joel Kim Booster at Comedy Works Downtown September 13th through 15th.

What is Your Best Impression? Whitney and Bert show us how it is done!

Whitney Cummings was recently on Bertcast with Bert Kreischer and played a fun game… Do a comics set but only using sounds, no words. They mimic a lot of comics but it is out of love and respect.

Watch the video below to see how the pros do it. Share with us your best impressions. Then go get you tickets for Whitney Cummings at Comedy Works South at the Landmark on September 21st and 22nd at comedyworks.com!

Brad Upton

With his millennial video going viral with over 50 millions view, Brad Upton gives old school advice to the new generation. Having been a school teacher and then pursuing his passion of comedy, Brad’s insight is funny and to the point without an air of arrogance that makes it entertaining across generations.

Come see Brad Upton performing at Comedy Works South at the Landmark on Sept. 4th & 5th or Comedy Works Downtown in Larimer Square Sept. 6th. Tickets & Showtimes

Learn more about Upton in his recent interview with The Celebrity Cafe, Brad Upton, top comedian dishes on life, work and recent success [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Love Advice From Nick Thune

Hailing from Seattle, comedian Nick Thune’s absurdist view and deadpan wit have distinguished his unique style of storytelling mixed with one-liners.

Mainly known for his standup comedy, Thune spoons out some relationship advice from the stoup of an apartment building:

Key Lessons from Thune:

1.) Do’s and Don’ts when going to the movies for a date: Dont’ wear pants. They’re hard to get off in the theater.

2.) Smell is very important. Don’t smell clean. B.O. is sexy.

3.) Girls love bragging. Keep bragging until they’re so annoyed that the annoyance turns into love.

Seen on The Tonight Show ten times, CONAN two and Late Night once, Nick Thune will be at Comedy Works South at the Landmark August 2-4! Get your tickets here!

 

The Many Faces of Moffat

New York based comedian, actor, writer and comedian Alex Moffat will be at Comedy Works Downtown August 2-4! 

You probably recognize Moffat from the most recent season of Saturday Night Live.  Before becoming a cast member, he was regularly featured on the show as roles like

Moffat has been named the most versatile male actor on the show by Decider.com. With his roles ranging from Guy Who Just Bought A Boat back in 2017 to Eric Trump, Moffat has only begun to prove his excellence in comedy.

Guy Who Bought A Boat gives dating advice:

Eric Trump, Son of President Donald Trump:

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO:

Al Franken, former Minnesota Senator:

Anderson Cooper, CNN news anchor:

 

Don’t miss this wild card in Denver August 2-4!!

 

 

Cooking with Preacher

You recognize him from NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Preacher Lawson was in the top 5 finalists just last season, the highest rated to date.

If you didn’t catch his NBC debut, maybe you know him from his YouTube series, Cooking with a Comedian, which is actively uploading new videos as of today.

After spending time on a widely recognized T.V. network, Lawson is often questioned why he continues using YouTube as his main social media platform.

 You know why I like it? Because I was walking through the mall in Minnesota and someone recognized me — “Yo, Preacher.” That’s why. Because YouTube is the new television, except you control it. I can’t control if different TV shows pick me up, but I can control my YouTube account.

Lawson takes the trending phenomenon of being a “foodie” and makes it funny. He uploaded “How To Make AMAZING Ice Cream (Vegan)” just this past Tuesday.

How To Make Amazing Ice Cream (Vegan) from Beamingbaker.com

Ingredients:

  • Coconut Flakes
  • Cone
  • Vanilla Extract (1/2 tsp)
  • Dairy-free Chocolate Chips
  • Frozen Bananas (3 whole)
  • Coconut Cream (1 can)
  • Maple Syrup (1/2 tbsp)

Steps:

  1. Blend Bananas in blender until smooth
  2. Add 1 can of Coconut Cream, hold water
  3. Add 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  4. Add 1/2 tbsp of Maple Syrup (Lawson chose to use 1 tbsp)
  5. Blend together in blender to make cream
  6. Pour in Coconut Flakes and Chocolate Chips (pulse, don’t blend)
  7. Pour mixture into bowl with lid
  8. Freeze for 6 hours

Tips: When ready to eat, let thaw for 5-10min before trying to scoop

Catch Preacher Lawson at Comedy Works South THIS WEEKEND July 12-14!

Fahim Anwar Endorsed by Bill Burr

Nationally recognized comedian, Bill Burr sat down with Joey Neill of Tampa Bay’s Creative Loafing  for an interview. When asked if Burr had an up&comer on his radar, Fahim Anwar’s name is tossed into the ring.

“Being in the business for over 25 years, is there anyone coming up you’ve been paying attention to? ” asked Neill.

Oh yeah, I actually just saw someone the other night. This kid Fahim Anwar I really like. He’s a great joke writer and his onstage personality is really cool to watch.

Fahim Anwar traded in his career as an aerospace engineer to pursue his career in stand-up comedy. Anwar has released an hour special “There’s No Business Like Showbusiness.” You’ve seen him on CONAN, The Late Night With Seth Myers and popular movies like Neighbors and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Currently, Anwar is a writer for Comedy Central and is quickly rising to the big dog house of Comedy.

Catch Fahim Anwar at Comedy Works Downtown THIS WEEKEND JULY 5-8!!!

 

 

Sean Patton Finally Cracks

You’ve seen him on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and his Comedy Central Half Hour was released in 2013. Sean Patton shares a story he’d been bribed not to tell.

Patton sets the scene in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at comedy club The Funny Bone. Patton had been promised $100 at the beginning of the night for two sets. The first set, Patton described what it felt like to be “heckled by crickets.” The second set followed up even worse with a drunk crowd booing him off stage.

When Patton was getting paid out, the manager handed him $50. Patton questioned the payment, “I thought it was supposed to be $100?” and the manager answered, “I thought you were going to be better.” And that was that. His set barely got a smile and his pay was cut in half.

Patton thought to himself, “Well, all I want to do is get drunk, now.” And he did. Not long after sitting at the bar, a beautiful, 40-something-year-old woman plopped herself down next to him. She complimented his set and asked if he thought she was pretty. He indeed did think so and that delighted her. She immediately invited him back to her place to “get high.”

Patton drove himself and this woman to a gated community, an obviously very wealthy community with a key pad entry lock. The lady spewed off 3 or 4 combinations of numbers before the security guard came to check out the issue. The lady yelled something in what Patton described as “shitface” language and surprisingly enough, the security guard replied “Oh, OK!” and opened the gate.

The gorgeous exterior did not mirror the inside of the woman’s home. Patton remembered seeing rows of unwrapped ramen noodle squares towering out of an empty pizza box. “There was a refrigerator in the foyer room, laying on it’s side, open and it was on and it was full of trash,” Patton told Vice.

Completely ignoring the mess, the lady tells Patton she’s going to perform for him. Thinking the obvious, Patton sits back on the couch and awaits the show. To his surprise/disappointment, the woman reappears with a VCR and demands Patton hook it up to the TV. He does. She shoves a VHS tape into the device and illuminating the screen is a younger version of this woman acting in a small play.

Not exactly what Patton was expecting but he sticks around a little longer. Then the woman remembers the whole reason for inviting Patton over: to get high. As someone who had engaged in recreational drug use, Patton was familiar with marijuana and opiate aromas. But when the lady lit her pipe, Patton almost didn’t recognize the smell.

“That is crack. It fits the description as crack. That is a rock and it has that sweet-tinny smell that you hear about.”

The woman passes the pipe to Patton and he takes it in his hand. He pulls it over to the side of his face and pretends to smoke the crack. He even inhales a big gust of air to trick the lady. When he passes the pipe back, the lady is already clearly messed up from her first hit.

Patton realizes this is his best chance of escaping this situation and heads towards the door. Just as we think his crazy adventure is over, in walks mystery lady’s husband. From neck tie all the way to the brief case and his unsurprised face, Patton got the feeling this wasn’t the first time this guy had come home to a similar situation.

Before Patton could get a word out, he felt something hard contact with the back of his head. It was the woman. She was punching him from behind, completely losing her mind. The husband grabbed and contained her yelling “Deardra! Deardra!” and Patton realizes he never got the lady’s name. The husband tells Patton to stay put and comes back with a checkbook in place of Deardra.

The husband asked Patton to never speak of his encounter to anyone and wrote him a check for $500.

I made $50 bombing in front of dumb, f***ing idiot, Baton Rouge people, but I made $500 to basically never tell this story.

 

*all illustrations by Matt Marblo taken from Viceland.com*

 

Catch Sean Patton LIVE at Comedy Works Downtown November 8-10!