I am excited to announce that I have been accepted to perform in the 2017 North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival this February in Chapel Hill. #NCCAF is an amazing two week festival featuring stand-up comedy, musical comedy performances, sketch, variety, and improv. One of the headliners for this year’s festival will be a comedy hero of mine: Emo Phillips!
I’ll know more about my actual performance schedule this December and will add performances to my calendar. I also hope to string together a few dates in the Carolinas on either end of the festival, so keep an eye on this space for that information as well.
Honored to Be Honorable Mention
I want to send out a great big thank you to the readers of the Knoxville Mercury who voted me in as a runner-up for Knoxville’s top comedian in the 2016 Top Knox readers’ poll. I wish I could say I voted along with you in that decision, but like most of Knoxville, I cast my ballot for my friend Trae Crowder who is having a phenomenal year hitting the national comedy scene.
But, I am humbled to be included in such very good company as Trae, comedy veteran and author Alex Stokes, and 2015’s Top Comedian Jeff Blank.
Giddy with Anticipation
As a political geek, I am eagerly awaiting the kickoff of the convention season. Let the circuses begin!
I’m very excited to host this show tonight in the newest RainShine Comedy monthly showcase: Sugar High!
Atlanta’s Ismael Loutfi is absolutely brilliant and I’ve been hoping to get him up to Knoxville for a show since I first started producing shows last year. Tonight, I finally get my wish. Hope to see you there!
This Thing Called Life: Remembering Prince
So, Prince died. That’s not cool at all. Not one bit.
I don’t think that it is any exaggeration at all to say he was to my generation (Gen X) what Elvis was to the Baby Boomers. His death, as sudden and shocking as Presley’s own, left me and millions of fans reeling yesterday. I posted a few remembrances over on Facebook and the local weekly paper, The Knoxville Mercury, kindly asked if one of my posts could be included on their blog collecting local writers’ thoughts and memories of Prince.
You can read the whole thing here on the Mercury site. I will add, for the sake of keeping this somewhat connected to comedy that memories number 2, 3, and 5, became the premises for jokes and stories I have been telling on stage for the past couple of years in one form or another. So, they actually had a role in making new memories of their own. But that’s life. A funny word, “life,”…