An Interview with Comedian Michael Harrison

Utilizing an honest, silly and outrageous style, Michael Harrison has been one of the most sought after comedians in North America. Besides touring extensively, Michael has also found time to develop a solid acting resume with appearances on MTV’s Video on Trial, NBC’s The BridgeQueer as Folk, the TBS movie The Jazzmanand as a co-host on E-West.

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What do you like to joke about?

I enjoy joking about anything I feel really strongly about that directly effects my life. For instance, I wrote a bit about how much I love libraries in my half hour special, and that is because I couldn’t stop going to them. If my girlfriend at the time couldn’t find me, she would just call the library before anywhere else and ask them if they have seen me. I am just addicted to free stuff.

How has your act evolved over time?

It has become way more autobiographical. Seriously, I think I am going to lose some friends unless I start cutting back on the details!

What should an audience expect when they see you perform?

Lots of details about my friends. I will tell you everything!

How has humor helped your emotional health?

Not sure. I am originally Canadian, so I think we are wired to always be happy and pleasant.

I once met a guy in Alberta who had to clean portable toilets at music fests, and he was still extremely chipper!

What superpower would you have and why?

I have always wanted invincibility!!!!!! I think that would make getting through traffic way more interesting!

You can see Michael Harrison as part of the Clean Comedy Showcase I on Friday, March 10th through Saturday, March 11th! Click here to buy tickets.

An Interview with Comedian Kristin Key

Kristin grew up a minister’s daughter in a small town in West Texas. Much like Footloose, she was raised in a no-drinking, no-dancing, no instrumental music environment, so she immediately took up drinking, dancing and playing an instrument. Proving that the almighty has a strange sense of humor, Kristin came out of the closet at 15. Kristin is most recognized for her appearance on Last Comic Standing.

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What do you like to joke about?

I make fun of myself a lot, my hobbies, my family, my humiliating hilarious past mistakes. I don’t take anything seriously on stage. Things that begin as serious conversations in my life end up on stage as ridiculous jokes. For instance, as I’m getting older I’ve wrestled with the decision to have children. Somehow that has turned into a bit about my hypothetical baby winning a bare knuckle baby boxing match where two babies enter and one baby leaves.

How has your act evolved over time?

My act has evolved immensely since I started comedy. I performed stand up for the first time at 19. Back then, my act was about smoking pot and rebelling against my parents. It was fast and raw and extremely dirty. I had no idea who I was as a person much less a performer. 16 years later, I’ve learned to accept who I am and not try to be someone else. My act is a lot cleaner and more clever. I don’t want cringes; I want relaxed laughter. I incorporate music into my act because I love to play the guitar and I feel that the music adds timing and punctuation to my comedy. Even if you might not care for the subjects I’m talking about you can still appreciate the tune or timing the music adds. Who knows what my act will be like next year? I like that it’s continually evolving.

What should an audience expect when they see you perform?

I don’t want to spoil anything in my act by giving away too much… but, there will be jokes and music, and a girl with short hair that looks like Ellen standing on stage being weird. Audiences can expect a fun, lighthearted, good time.

How has humor helped your emotional health?

Humor has saved me from some incredibly dark places. Sarcasm is a comedian’s greatest coping device. When things get hard with people or life in general, being able to joke about the hard times makes them easier to cope with. At the heart of comedy is honesty. Being able to bring pain to the surface with a smile (even a sarcastic smile) helps shed light on pain that needs to be healed. When ignored, that pain can poison a person, but if it is acknowledged, then it can be dealt with.  Just being able to joke about a painful subject or sarcastically respond to a bully keeps that pain, embarrassment, or sadness from festering. Laughter may or may not be the BEST medicine, but humor can slay demons. That got deep. Quick, someone make a fart noise!

What superpower would you have and why?

If I could have any superpower it would be the ability to FREEZE TIME! I would use my super power to catch up on laundry and nap more which I believe that would make the world a better place.

You can see Kristin Key as part of the Clean Comedy Showcase II on Friday, March 10th through Saturday, March 11th! Click here to buy tickets.

 

An Interview with Comedian Brad Wenzel

Brad Wenzel is most known for his offbeat, one-liner comedy. He is a professional comedian so don’t be thrown by his youth and unassuming presence on stage. Described as “the tin-can-kicker of comedy” Brad will surely light up your night as he methodically wins you over with his dry delivery and a barrage of clever jokes.

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What do you like to joke about?

Mostly birds. Anything that strikes me as funny really. I can’t really think of more specific criteria than that. Though I do really like if I can make a joke about something that made me uncomfortable in the past.

How has your act evolved over time?

My delivery used to be much more stilted. I do joke-y jokes so it is never going to be completely conversational, but over time I figured out how to present my thoughts in a way that come across as myself. I think my delivery is more natural now than when I started.

What should an audience expect when they see you perform?

I love stand-up comedy and if they love stand-up comedy too, then the audience can expect to laugh and have a nice time. They just have to get on board. There will be no juggling.

How has humor helped your emotional health?

Tremendously, when they say laughter is the best medicine I think they’re referring to emotional health. Laughing / getting laughs is a natural high that helps me handle emotional trauma.

What superpower would you have and why?

I would want to be Wolverine. On the surface, he’s just sort of a dude, but he knows he can heal instantly and that he has those claws. You know who never looks over his shoulder in a parking garage at night? Wolverine. I would either go with that or being able to enjoy parties.

You can see Brad Wenzel as part of the Clean Comedy Showcase I on Friday, March 10th through Saturday, March 11th! Click here to buy tickets.

An Interview with Comedian Michael Somerville

Michael has performed four times on The Late Show with David Letterman, wrote and hosted the TV show Wingman and has appeared on shows for Comedy Central, Bravo, VH1, The History Channel. Hallmark, Nick@Nite, Starz and Encore. Somerville’s three comedy albums play regularly on SiriusXM radio.

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What do you like to joke about?

Everyday life… dieting, sleep, love. Basically the things we all experience that and make us laugh.

How has your act evolved over time?

I think I’m more willing to try new ideas now. When I started I just wanted to “get it right”, and say things that would make people laugh. Now I talk more about the things that make me laugh and I’m lucky enough that audiences come along for the ride.

What should an audience expect when they see you perform?

Well hopefully to laugh! But also to feel good and see some of themselves in my material. I’m amazed how often couples from ages 18-80 come up to me after a show and say “Are you hiding in our closet at home because you just described our relationship!”

How has humor helped your emotional health?

I grew up in a house where we laughed every single day, in good times and bad. It certainly helps handle some of the harder times in life. Plus, it’s good for your abs.

What superpower would you have and why?

To be able to fly, no question. I’m so tired of airports.

You can see Michael Somerville as part of the Clean Comedy Showcase II on Friday, March 10th through Saturday, March 11th! Click here to buy tickets.

An Interview with Comedian Tim Northern

Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised Star Search, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of Mensa,” she said.  “I absolutely adore the cerebral humor.” Tim continually hones that smart humor, seeking – and finding – new turns of phrase on a daily basis. On the road for much of the year, he uses that travel time for wordplay whenever possible.

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What do you like to joke about?

I joke about everything.

How has your act evolved over time?

My act has gotten more obscure over time.

What should an audience expect when they see you perform?

I would prefer the audience had no expectations.

How has humor helped your emotional health?

My mental health has improved as my career progresses.

What superpower would you have and why?

This may sound hokey, but comedy is my superpower. Most of us think like this.

You can see Tim Northern as part of the Clean Comedy Showcase II on Friday, March 10th through Saturday, March 11th! Click here to buy tickets.