Paraprosdokian Pathways: The Emo Phillips Interview

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The Comic Genius Of Emo Phillips Written by J.T. Ryder             With a wide eyed, childlike stare, Emo Philips draws the audience down a winding garden path, the listener hanging on every word, softly spoken in an innocently wavering falsetto sing-song voice. Suddenly you find yourself in an Alice In […]

“So, A Dyslexic Walks Into A Bra…”

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…and Other Tales From the Fringe of Dayton’s Comedy Scene.             The only sound cutting through the sea of silence is a slight feedback whine as the flop sweat pours from your forehead, reflecting chromatic prisms from the glaring, white-hot spotlight. You clench the microphone with sweat-slicked hands as your […]

Baiting the Abyss

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Doug Stanhope and the Confrontation of Comedy Written by J.T. Ryder “I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream. That’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor…and surviving.” ~Col. Kurtz Apocalypse Now             The willingness to say what needs […]

Costaki: The Master Card

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Economopoulos Will Entertain The Populous Of Your Metropolis Written by J.T. Ryder To pronounce the biggest name in comedy, Costaki Economopoulos, let us first review a simple, easy to use pronunciation key before we hurt ourselves. First, there’s Co, as in co-median. Next comes staki, which is a term my mother uses to describe me […]

“Healthy Is Just A Precancerous Condition”

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Insight And Wisdom From Drew Hastings Written by J.T. Ryder              Raised in Kettering, Ohio by a single mother, Drew Hastings’ teenage years found him finely honing a life of delinquency. Inspired by Mary Kay, he created a multi-leveled pyramid scheme to deal psychedelic drugs within the Dayton area. Other, […]

Mark Klein: Conservatively Comedic

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Mark Klein Is Conservative On Everything But The Funny  Written by J.T. Ryder             While Mark Klein’s early career careened around the edges of the blue circuit, playing in seedy clubs and even strip joints. Over time, his act evolved and matured as he himself did. His performance reflects who he has become rather than […]

Joyce To The World

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Jesse Joyce On The Addictive Nature Of Comedy Written by J.T. Ryder The wide-eyed, boyish stare lends an almost sweet natured naiveté to the one time Centerville resident, Jesse Joyce. Yet his comedy rambles from the innocent observations of a open-hearted young soul before traversing into a more personal darkness that most of us, while […]

Shock Treatment

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Wiley’s Welcomes America’s Greatest Storyteller Written By J.T. Ryder I prepared for my upcoming interview with comedic storyteller Ron Shock in the same manner that I approached all of my subjects. I researched reviews of his performances from across the country. I listened to all of the stage material of his that I could find. […]

Jimmy Pardo: The Jazz Zinger

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From Comedy Clubs To Conan, This Comedian Is Never Not Funny  Written by J.T. Ryder             After studying for a year at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, Jimmy Pardo decided to go back to his home state of Illinois and entered the comedy scene during the halcyon days of the eighties. […]

The Insane Segues Of Singer

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Five Easy Question With Ryan Singer  Written by J.T. Ryder J.T.: What was the reason that you got up on stage for the first time? Ryan: I just had to. It is that simple. As a kid I remember seeing standup comedians on television and thinking to myself, “that is the best job ever!” I […]