I started doing stand up in mid 1993 after I got out of college at the University of Alabama. With no self-confidence, little life experience and a drinking problem, I struggled to make anyone laugh, on and off, for almost two and a half years. Back then, my goal was to close out a show at the now “old” Punchline Comedy Club. I thought that was ultimate success, at least for a local comedian who didn’t know what he was doing. On Sunday, June 26th, I was the headliner for the open mic showcase known as the Jokewriter’s Showcase at the now “new” Punchline in Roswell, Georgia.
After a good ten minute set, I went home and told my wife, “Look, if you want me to stop going out 3 to 5 nights a week, it’s cool. Because I just reached my goal from twenty years ago.” She called me dumb and said “you’ve got three more sets this week so set a new goal.”
Tonight, I’m doing some new material at an open mic at The Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia but tomorrow is something special. My friends, Alia Ghosheh and Veronica Darby have moved their cool Athens, Georgia showcase (that I headlined in January and am headlining again in September) to Thursdays. I’m one of the comedians on the bill but the feature act, David HT Rosen and the headliner Bo Micadelic are exceptional comics who care about their craft and most importantly, are hilariously funny. You have to see them, they’re terrific.
Here’s what they told My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog’s Ten Questions.
MBCBUYB: 1) How long have you been doing stand up?
HT: I’VE BEEN DOING STAND UP AS THE DUO FOR ALMOST 7 YEARS. I DID SOLO BEFORE THE DUO. (HT has a comedy duo act called A Jew And A Black Guy, that travels all over the country)
BO: 7 years now.
MBCBUYB: 2) What led you to get on stage?
HT: When I first got on stage I played drums and bass for countless bands and toured for years and became a studio player till I started stand up.
BO: Well, I started telling party jokes at work. Jokes off the internet, or dirty jokes you hear in bars or from friends, and they seemed to go over pretty well, so I looked at taking it to the stage since I had already been a huge fan of comedy. I wrote a five minute bit about going to a strip club and it went real well for my first time up. I was hooked after that.
MBCBUYB: 3) Tell me about your first time doing stand up?
HT: The first time I did stand up was in alabama as a freshman in college . Stacked the crowd with fraternity brothers.
BO: Lol I kinda just did. There’s video footage of it on YouTube as well. It was at the Laughing Skull in Atlanta. It’s was about a Batchlor party at a strip club … Good times.
MBCBUYB: 4) Who are your comedy influences and why?
HT: Rodney Dangerfield. Bobby Collins. Roy Wood Jr. Attell. Steven Wright. I like the Schick. Henny Young man. Rickles. Mel Brooks. My father Al Rosen was big influence. And Bo Micadelic. He told me early on Stage D, at the front of the stage, to command the interaction, that makes the crowd draw in and participate, work the crowd.
BO: Eddie Murphy early on, because he was so dynamic and just flat out funny with stories and impressions. Then, as I got older it was Dice Clay for his raw in you’re face style of comedy. Then Dave Chappelle for his social commentary. Now it’s more Bill Hicks, George Carlin and Richard Pryor for actually saying meaningful shit that makes you think, in a funny way. I also think Bill Burr is AMAZING.
MBCBUYB: 5) Do you do anything artistic besides comedy?
HT: I was a touring and session drummer I play guitar drums bass saxophone. Horrible at piano. I wrote a book recently.
BO: I’ve been acting now for a few years. Had a national commercial for Norfolk Southern that they played quite a bit on CNN and other news networks. I also was just the lead in a feature independent film called Go Mad and Mark, which was fun to do and will be out in 2017.
MBCBUYB: 6) What do you think you’ll do with your comedy in the future?
HT: We hope as a duo to get to television and broaden our touring base. More main stream clubs . As a solo act I hope to tighten up my quips and crowd work and bring a broader angle to the duo.
BO: Tour around the world.
MBCBUYB: 7) What do you think of the comedy scenes on Atlanta? In Athens?
HT: I and the duo have been blessed to do trade gigs, promote and perform in scenes that are thriving in Athens, Atlanta and all the cities and towns we perform in. Our show producers have become close friends and each return trip warrants bigger crowds bigger laughs and work begets work. Alia Ghosheh is a great example.
BO: I think it’s incredible. Many Atlanta comedians are getting the recognition they deserve on a national level and that’s inspiring.
MBCBUYB: 8) How would you describe yourself as a comedian to someone who hasn’t seen you?
HT: Quick witted pun driven comedic mind. Whether in all black or dressed slick he finds ways to deliver laughs. Butts in the seats sell drinks and make em laugh
BO: Controversial. I like to push buttons and make people think. It does something for me.
MBCBUYB: 9) What makes you laugh?
HT: My kids make me laugh. And funny shit makes me laugh I poke and write honest real bits and content. If it didn’t happen it’s not funny.
BO: My girlfriend. She’s hilarious! Quick witted and very intelligent.
MBCBUYB: 10) Anything else you want people to know about you?
HT: Come see the show!
BO: Yea, they need to come and see me live before ticket prices are expensive. Lol
I can’t wait to share the stage with these great pros. They do comedy with passion. Flicker Bar, Athens, Georgia, 7pm start time. Come see a great lineup talk about the passion.
Here’s another Athens fixture, REM.