Chris Mata's 'Rear Naked Joke Hold'
Chris Mata reminds me of the blonde bully from all those '80s films. I can imagine him dressed in black karate gear sweeping legs while screaming...
Daytrippin': The Snake Farm
Thanks to the magical combination of severe insomnia and Animal Planet programming, I finally discovered the greatness of Steve Irwin. For years, I dismissed him as the parody...
Ryan Stout: Comic alchemist
It's not uncommon for a comic to blame the audience if a set doesn't go over well on a particular night. One often hears excuses like "They were full of idiots" or...
2012 FIST Champion Raul Sanchez
The first time I saw Raul Sanchez perform he was funny, but in a predictable way. His jokes depended on setting up an idea and then turning on...
Raymond Orta: Bright lights, little city
San Antonio is filled with people miserable to be here. It's lame, there's nothing to do, and what there is to do has already been done. It's this kind of sentiment that...
Kris Shaw's Spider Sense
It's hard to believe, I know, but there's an ugly side to being a traveling comedian, long drives alone, shady bookers, and jaded audiences who view you as a...
Richard Lewis: Patron saint of neurotic cannibals
Most comedians are neurotic alcoholics (recovering or enabling) who must manage a host of insecurities while devouring their own egos for material while sinking periodically into the oblivion of depression as they try to keep hold of the dream of popular recognition
Tom Waits: Bad As Me
On his latest release, Tom Waits channels both prison junkies and disabled vets bitterly spouting out their frustrations and temptations.