Two weeks ago I was at Skyline in Appleton, Wisconsin. I absolutely love this club. Todd Glass talks a lot about what makes a club good is when they pay attention to the details. Cliff at the Skyline is so hyper aware of the details. It was a really fun week.
Lewis Black loves the club so much that while he was in town for a theatre show, he stopped by the club and made a video introduction for the show telling the audience, in his Lewis Black way, to be quiet and respectful of the show. It works. Those audiences are amazing. They’re smart, quiet and buy a lot of merch! I completely sold out of all the CDs I brought with me.
This past week I had one of the most fun experiences a comedian can have. I hit the road with one of my closest friends. My buddy Steve Lind and I went to Rochester, Minnesota together to perform at Goonie’s. Again, another great club! Mark that runs it maintains that fine balance of being laid back, but also running a super tight ship at the same time. He’s a great guy. The audiences were smart, quiet….but didn’t buy as much merch….step it up, Rochester!
Here’s the greatest part of performing with a friend….getting to riff back and forth both off stage and on. Steve would foreshadow my jokes and I’d call back to his and I think the audience knew they were getting to watch two friends having fun. They seemed to enjoy being part of that. And we enjoyed them too!
We also went to the Spam Museum together. Just me and Steve…the audience wasn’t invited….although that would’ve been fun if we invited everyone to meet us there! Were I alone on the road, I would’ve gone out to maybe go to the movies, but chances are I would’ve stayed in the hotel the entire time. Having a friend there means taking adventures. Adventures mean better opportunities to riff on the city with the audience. Hm, maybe I’ll see if I can write an article comparing Spam and Comedy like I did last week with Houdini and Comedy.
What I’m saying in a long winded way is that I had a blast! This weekend I’m working with Scott Gillespie at Wisecrackers in Merrilville, Indiana. I did a bit of research on him. Maybe “a bit of research” sounds bigger or more ominous than it should. I Googled Scott and I think this is going to be a fun time. He seems to be following the same path that I am in being a midwest guy who is trying to spend as much time in LA as possible while maintaining roots here. We seem to like a lot of the same guys too. I think this is going to be another great weekend. If you’re in the area, swing by. And thanks to everyone from the past two weeks!
Trevor Smith and I will be at the super awesome Goonie’s Comedy Club in Rochester, MN this Friday and Saturday night. I absolutely love this club. I’ve been there a few times before and always have a blast. If you’re in Minnesota at all…you should totally come out.
Show times are 7:30 and 10:00pm and you can get your tickets through their website…that you can get to if you click on their name above.
I’m not knocking Minnesota at all…but seriously…if you live in Minnesota, what the hell else are you going to do this weekend? Yeah, I know you have nice cities and beautiful landscapes…but c’mon guys…this is me and Trevor here.
Oh yeah…their site used a really weird screen capture image of me…so the image I’ll use for Trevor is the one on the right. It’s a comedian named Trevor Smith. It’s not the Trevor Smith I’m performing with. The Trevor Smith I’m performing with never wears a clown nose on stage. Off stage though, he won’t take off the damn thing. It’s gross. He sneezed the whole way here and it was dripping. I thought I was going to throw up. So if you googled Trevor Smith earlier when I mentioned him right at the start of this post and you accidentally found this guy instead and thought to yourself…”fuck that, I’ll see Mike some other time”…please be assured that my Trevor Smith is a totally different guy.
My Trevor Smith? How is it that I own him now? I don’t want that responsibility. I’ll probably have to feed him and shit. He’s already been so needy the whole way here with his, “C’mon man, what’s with the duct tape and rope? Why am I blindfolded? Not cool. Okay, this isn’t funny anymore. Seriously, I can’t breathe. What’s going on?! What is that mask made out of? Who is that mask made out of?! Help! Help! Help!”