Rush

I’m not patient.  I don’t like to sit around and wait.

I’m in a really strange place right now.  I’m incredibly happy with what I’m doing on stage, but beyond miserable outside of comedy.  I try and be present and active in the stand-up community to keep my mind off what’s going on outside of what has become so important to me.

It’s strange to me that some of my close friends are starting to make waves in their respective fields of work, be it music, corporate jobs, or comedy.  I recently got off the road with one of my best friends, Yedoye Travis.  I’ll document each city.

Alton, IL- We didn’t have a show here, but we had a hotel.  It was halfway from Atlanta to our first destination and we found out that there is nothing to do outside of hanging out in a hotel bar.  Watched a Chris Farley documentary and got too drunk on margaritas.

Lincoln, NE- This took me by complete surprise.  Lincoln is amazing.  The town is beautiful, the people are kind, and there was a homeless man on an electronic unicycle.  We did a show at a really fun bar called 1867 through a local comic named Jimmy Putnam.  Jimmy is the sweetest and his show was incredible.  He let us stay with him and his wife, Mary, where we poorly played music in between spewing off different SABRE statistics (really nerdy baseball stuff).  Lincoln rules.

Omaha, NE- Omaha really is one of the prettiest towns I’ve ever been in.  It’s also built almost entirely on antique malls, which Yedoye and I found out are just buildings to cleverly hide any and all knives a city can get their hands on.  Our show was pretty rough, only one person came out, but we got to hang out in a tiki bar and that made up for it.  We were also introduced to Absinthe.  I can’t tell if it’s my favorite thing or my least favorite thing, but I drank it.  We ate some very mediocre pizza and went on our merry way.

Kansas City, MO- I didn’t really know what to expect going into this part of the country.  I had never been to Nebraska or Missouri and I figured it was all cornfields.  I was wrong.  Kansas City is huge.  Overwhelmingly huge.  The city is so cool, though.  We walked through the downtown area, saw a beautiful skyline and a store called “sex+ice cream.”  Before our show at The Tank Room (which was a blast, thank you Evan Goldt), we went to the most upscale and perfect jazz bar.  Following our show, I watched my friend, Aaron Naylor, get drunk and eat beets out of a can.  Long live the trash.

Springfield, MO- I had booked us to do an off night at the Blue Room Comedy Club in Springfield.  Springfield is a small town but it has what seems like a pretty lively nightlife scene.  The club is beautiful and if the show had been promoted properly, would have been incredible.  We still had fun and wound up getting to see a band called Bella Donna.  Check them out.  We fought with bo staffs.

Indianapolis, IN- This last leg of the tour brought us to cities I had been to before.  Last Summer I went to Indianapolis, made some friends, but had a very subpar show.  I was excited to see everyone but I wasn’t sure what this was going to look like.  If you know me, and maybe you don’t, then you know I’m a huge fan of house shows.  I’ve produced them in Atlanta and any chance I get, I hop on to do them.  They are in my opinion, the best way to see live stand-up.  We did a basement house show in Indianapolis that could not have been more fun.  The scene there is amazing.  The people are sweet, the shows are so much fun, and the food at Yat’s (Thank you Alex Price) will hurt you for hours.  Indianapolis, I love you with everything in me.

Louisville, KY- I’ve always had a good time in Louisviile.  The fellas that take charge of Laff Fest (Dan Alten) really do a great job of taking care of me when I come to town.  We had a show in a cool coffee shop called Gallery K, which is an amazing space.  But most importantly, I got to go to my favorite bar on Earth, Zanzabar.  Zanzabar is a pinball bar where I’ve spent upwards of $100 in quarters over the last few years.  I love it there.  What I didn’t expect was to meet one of my favorite songwriters, David Ramirez, who played a show right before I got there.  A huge dent in what was otherwise a great time.  This is where my air mattress popped.

Knoxville, TN- Knoxville has let me down time after time after time.  This was the best surprise I could have asked for.  The first time I went to Knoxville, was to perform at Blue Slip Winery.  I happened to come up on the same day as a massive ice storm which essentially kept everyone at home.  No one’s fault, but it wasn’t fun.  In Summer of 2015, I went to perform at Sassy Ann’s.  The booker forgot about putting us on the show and we did much less time than expected.  Again, things happen, not a big deal.  Dave Losso and I went this Summer to perform at the Pilot Light.  A show that was booked months in advance that had ample time to promote was not.  I want to say 2 people were there and it was an absolute nightmare.  Against my gut, I booked a show in Knoxville to close out our tour.  Shane Rhyne set us up at Saw Works Brewery and we got to perform for roughly 100 people.  It was incredible.  I couldn’t get over how great of a job Shane and the team at Rain Shine Comedy did.  Please please please check them out and support their efforts, they’re great dudes.

It’s nice to be home.  But I’m impatient.  I see my friends doing well and I want what they have.  I’ll be back on the road for a bit with my sweet Chicago prince, Dave Losso, all January culminating in my participation in the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest.  I’ve got some very exciting things coming up in 2017 and I can’t wait to get there.

 

Salt Life

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