• Ain’t that a kick in the head?

    Posted by on March 12, 2011

    Tonight I will be doing stand up as Chris Coen, but then I will be chumming with the crowd as Dean Martin, the King of Cool at a benefit at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus.  This is either going to be awesome or I am going to make a total fool of myself in front of Columbus’s power elite and millionaires at a $360/ticket event.  I have been watching Dean Martin clips, songs and bio info as prep and even have been tanning to make my German/Scot-Irish self look as Italian as possible.  I do however have the southeastern Ohio heritage and the heavy drinking down pretty well.

  • Bar comedy…

    Posted by on March 11, 2011

    I did a show in a seedy dive near my house, which makes me rethink my condo purchase…  The show started with a guy with a face tattoo heckling while (props to Jeff Burgstrom) Biscuit Jones smoked a cigar and occassionally played a trumpet.  A white trash princess yelled the whole time and commented on jokes that were told at least two minutes previously, but I went up anyway.  I got a Busch Light (which should tell you what type of bar it was) sent up to me and got paid.  For anyone that thinks comedians do open mikes for a month then tour the nation, sorry.  When I first started, a woman came up to me and said, “When are you performing in Dallas?”  See you in a decade.  Maybe.  If things go well, in two years I’ll be in a room where I don’t get stabbed.

  • What is more delightfully awkward?

    Posted by on March 9, 2011

    The moment when the addict walks in for an intervention or the moment the kids walk into their hoarder parent’s vile hovel?  I would go with hoarders, unless the addict throws a fit and begins cursing at Grandma.  I’m watching a 65 year old woman crawling over a mound to get into her kitchen.  That’s the good house.  She owns two.  How in the hell does a retired three times divorced whack job afford two houses?  I’m literally a bad two months away from losing my place and taking Ted Williams’ place as the deep voiced hobo in Columbus.

  • Bad shows, volume one

    Posted by on March 8, 2011

    I “headlined” an awful show tonight, so I thought I would recap bad shows for my millions of fans to give everyone an insight to the dark side of comedy….  One of my worst shows was in my hometown of Zanesville, Ohio.  I showed up at a VFW and there were 300 people there.  I went up to the barkeep and she told me I was in the “other” room.  I walked across the building and there were 20 people in the bar, 17 of whom probably were doughboys in WWI.  The gentleman who set up the gig handed me a mike and told me to stand by the door, which opened inward, meaning everyone who entered hit me in the back with the door.  To top off the intro, a guy brought his two sons, under 10 in the room and sat down in the front.  As I started talking into the Mr. Microphone quality sound equipment, the voice of God came over the loudspeaker.  It was announcing that so and so had their lights on or the raffle drawing was in 10 minutes.  After 20 minutes of this torture, I looked right and realized the perp was indeed my benefactor, Mum-Ra, the ever living, the man that booked me for the show.  When he interrupted me for the fourth time to announce that steaks had to be ordered in five minutes before the grill was shut off, I snapped.  I told Montgomery Burns I would quit then for half pay.  And I did.  It is the only time I have ever bailed on a show and the manager took me up on it.  I’m sure he’s dead now, but so is a piece of my soul for embarrassing myself in front of the generation before the greatest generation.  In retrospect, I still got paid and the check didn’t bounce, so I will call that a win.

  • Monday Night Live

    Posted by on March 7, 2011

    June 6, 9 pm, I get total creative control of a 90 minute show at Wild Goose Creative…sketch comedy, stand up, and music.  More details later.

  • Columbusisfunny.com

    Posted by on March 7, 2011

    Columbusans (?) and denizens of central Ohio be sure to check out columbusisfunny.com for local shows, sketches, and all events comedy related if you’re looking for something to do around the area.  Most importantly, it links back here, so you don’t go into Chris Coen withdraw.