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JANUARY 2015

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I’m back home January 2nd through 17th.  Apparently I missed the snow so much that I wanted to endure it again!

Here’s a run down of the shows I’ll be doing when I’m back.

January 2nd and 3rd, I’ll be at Laffs Inc Comedy Club in Toledo.  I’m headlining so you’ll be able to get a whole bunch of me there.  I’m not sure who’s opening, but I’m guessing it will be somebody good.  I’m excited to check out this new club.  I’ve heard the the crowds are small, but the club is great!

January 7th and 8th, I’m at Go! Comedy Improv Theatre in Ferndale.  The 7th, I’m doing their Standprov show.  It’s basically improvised stand up.  I don’t know a whole lot about it other than it’s an opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new.  On the 8th, I’m doing a double header show there.  First, I’ll be doing an hour long regular comedy show with my friends Steve Lind and Bob Phillips.  Afterwards, you’re invited to stick around to check out a trial run of a game show idea I have based on the game Cards Against Humanity.  I’ll be joined onstage by some super funny friends like Jeff Dwoskin, PJ Jacokes, Kent Tucker and Heather Kozlakowski.  And what’s even cooler is that you have a chance to go home with a fabulous prize!

January 10th, Steve Lind and Bob Phillips joins me again at the Pix Theatre in Lapeer for our The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Show.  It’s a chance to me to play again with two of my favorite people in the world.  It’s going to be a great 90 minute comedy show in a really awesome theatre.

January 15th-17th, I’m at the relocated Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase opening for the very funny Roy Wood Jr.  I worked with Roy out here and he’s amazing.

So I hope to see everybody when I’m back.

Weeks in Review: Wagons West

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.

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On Writing with Bob Phillips and Steve Lind

One of the best tools a comedian has is their friends.  I can’t think of anything more important than having a tight group who you can bounce ideas off of and get honest feedback from.  Honesty is the key in that.  I’m lucky enough to have Bob Phillips and Steve Lind around.  The three of us get together, help each other punch up our material and most importantly tell each other when things aren’t working.  The last time we got together, I picked their brains about the writing process.

Bob Phillips, Steve Lind, Mike Bobbitt backstage at Joey's Comedy Club

Mike: How do you guys come up with your premises?  Will you wait for something to happen or can you sit down and force yourself to write?

Steve: I used to force myself to sit down and write.  Now I wait for a premise to happen.

Mike: So now everything comes from real life?

Steve:   All my stuff comes from real life pretty much.

Bob: More and more is coming from real life.

Mike: Bob, but you’re more of an observational comic.

Steve: But isn’t that real life?

Mike: Well, yeah, but abstract observational I guess I mean.  Not really abstract, but more pop culture.

Bob: Yeah, but that’s real life though.   It’s just not my personal life.  Lately I’ve been trying to find the things, and let them come, that make me feel strongly one way or another and find out why.  I’m angry about something, why does that make me angry?  Okay, where’s the funny in that?  Okay, do other people feel that way and think of this as odd or weird?

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My interview with Mike Bobbitt!

Mike Bobbitt is arguably one of the funniest, if not the funniest comedian working in Detroit.  In his eight years in the business he’s already performed in numerous comedy festivals and worked with some of the biggest names in the business.

The remarkable thing about Mike Bobbitt is that he’s able to walk the fine line between speaking to a very specific crowd while maintaining a level of accessibility to the masses.

Mike currently wrapped production on the television show that he and his wife wrote.  I had a chance to talk to him while he was in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mike, let me start by saying you look really handsome.

Thank you!

You manage to be both cute and cuddly and ruggedly handsome at the same time.  That’s quite a feat.

I appreciate that, but this is already starting off a little weird.

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What do teachers make?

Cheers to all the teachers! Without you, we would be nothing.  You are all heroes. Plus, doesn’t he look a little like comedian Steve Lind?

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