I was under the mistaken hope that winter had passed and I could pull the motorcycle out again without fear of ice/snow. I was wrong and a stupid rodent was right (thanks Punxsutawney Phil!) However, having said that, it’s been a busy enough couple of months that I haven’t had too much time to go ride anyway.
Since my last post I’ve been a busy boy. The new year had me performing at the Tulsa Loony Bin with a couple of great comics, Mark Rubben and Matt Golightly. As I believe I had mentioned before, I had booked another week in OKC for late January. It was good to get a chance to meet with the managers of the club there, as they had been out of town on my last week there. That week I got to work again with the always entertaining John Crist, who is too good looking for his own good. No seriously, if you look at his webpage, he looks like a model or actor portraying a comic. Our headliner that week was Charlie Weiner who has been at this longer than I’ve been alive, which is saying something. A great guy, and an inspiration for a road comic.
Following my week in OKC, I finally got the call I had been waiting for. I got the call to work the other two Loony Bins in Wichita KS and Little Rock AR. Kinda a big deal for me, with this being my home club’s sister clubs, and now I’m in all of them. Sadly, the amount of work I’m doing eliminated the opportunity for me to continue the CR Parsons Variety Hour. That show had a very good 1y run, and had some amazing guests, some of which will be household names at some point (thinking specifically of Grant Wisecaver, look him up on my FB page and listen to ANYTHING he has done and you will understand my bold statement.)
Dan Sodor, of MTV’s Guy Code and seen on one of my favorite shows on TV @Midnight, came to town courtesy of The Blue Whale Festival. I got to open for him for a SOLD OUT show, which was great. Again, a very friendly comic who was as much fun to hang out with offstage as on. A bit of a raiser of my local profile, as I have been recognized from that show twice in the last week at the courthouse (mostly by people saying “You Really Are A Lawyer!!!!)
If you haven’t been to the new Wichita Loony Bin, which I imagine you haven’t, GO if you are in the area. Great venue!!!! The showroom is sweet, laid out perfectly for the size. Feels very intimate for the number of people that can be packed in. There I got to work with Trenton Davis, a headliner in a feature spot if I have ever seen one, and the inimitable Steve Hirst, about whom I have to admit, it was really difficult trying not to just walk around impersonating his Manchester England accent all weekend. That is a great locale for me to perform because I have some family there, my eldest sister, niece, and their families. Fortunately I had some free time, and got to go hang out with them a bit. Oddly enough, I am not the only performer from Will Rogers class of ’88. I mention this because a good friend of mine, Kitchen Kimberly with the Southwestern Dairy Farmers Association, out of Dallas, is a spokesperson for the organization and travels all over doing cooking demos. It just so happened that she was in Wichita that same weekend, so I got to see her do her thing (and got to taste some samples which I posted on my FB page.) As great as it was to have sold out shows for the weekend, unfortunately that meant that Kim couldn’t get tickets to come see me perform. Next time Kim, maybe I’ll have the pull to get you “on the list.”
Kind of a quiet month for comedy in March, just a dozen or so local open mics and variety shows. But April will see me back at it again. Mid month is Little Rock, which I know I have some family and friends in the vicinity so check out the calendar for details, or you will see them of FB before too long. I’m also back at Tulsa’s Loony Bin again in April.
I have to mention that the World Series of Comedy is rapidly approaching again as well. If you remember from last year, I had a growing and learning experience from going to San Antonio for a satellite competition last March. Well this year I have ramped it up, not only is there a satellite here, but I have also submitted to satellites in the Chicago area and Minneapolis area. Crossed fingers I get any of them. Those will be scattered between April, May and June.
I believe I have mentioned it before, but if you would like to see me in your area, let me know. Also, if you would, because it helps to have FB and Twitter friends to reach out to anywhere I’m performing, please make sure to add me if you haven’t on those, and share liberally with friends and family so I can get those numbers up.