Our pal Matt Ward at Knox Comedy Live tells us: The 5th Annual Rocky Top Comedy Contest is now taking entries for it’s 2014 Contest. The contest consists of four Preliminary rounds featuring up to 48 different comedians. The preliminary rounds are Friday October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at Latitude 35 in Downtown Knoxville. Three advance from each night to the finals held Thursday November 6th at Scruffy City Hall. The Cash prize is $250, a paid headline spot on a future Comedy Booze Cruise and a trophy. For more information or to get signed up visit http://www.rockytopcomedy.com
Riley Fox has been described as cerebral, energetic, sarcastic, laid-back, engaging, and other seemingly contradictory words. He’s also very funny. On December 16-17, 2011 he recorded his shows at Out Front On Main in Murfreesboro and is now releasing his debut stand-up comedy cd, “Unamerican.” Here’s what Mr. Fox has to say about it:
“I’ve always loved all kinds of comedy, but my favorite kind was comedy that was daring, fearless, and challenged society. Hopefully, I’ve met that personal standard with Unamerican, my debut live comedy album. This album represents a versatile collection of EVERYTHING I love in stand-up comedy: hard-hitting social commentary, silly observations, and impressions. Oh, and religious jokes. Lots of religious jokes. So if you enjoy those sorts of things, you’ll love Unamerican. If you don’t, then feel free to buy the album anyway and just give it to some kid wearing a Rage Against The Machine t-shirt or something. They’ll probably enjoy it more.”
Register now to win one (1) copy of the new Riley Fox: “Unamerican” cd from NashvilleStandUp.com. We’ll pick THREE winners on May 13th.
My mental image of Paul Strickland is him in the Zanies green room looking over pages of his material that had been typed out word for word.. reading it under his breath, rehearsing the inflections and energy he would put into each line. A few years ago, this process struck me as funny because you just don’t see a lot of comics doing that. Most have scraps of paper or napkins with one or two words written on them that represent each joke.. or notebooks full of scribbles – sentence fragments, punchlines, random words and broken thoughts and ideas. You generally don’t see comics going over full transcripts of their acts, or talking about the “arc” of their set or the “through-line” they’re trying to establish but I associate these things with Paul’s process. I’m assuming it was his background in theater that led to these habits, but whatever it is has worked in Paul’s favor.
From his first open mic in February 2006, Paul already seemed to have a good head for the business of comedy. He was always working on new, bookable material. He put effort into everything he did and treated it like a job from the very beginning.. which is exactly why he was able to quit his day job in 2009. Since then he has written and performed his one man shows and traditional standup all over the country.
Paul says, “I firmly believe that making people laugh at themselves and their world is a good way to help them escape while, hopefully, gaining some perspective on what they’re escaping from, and distracting them from the fact that I just took their money.”
Strickland recorded “Levels of Difficulty,” his first stand-up album, a few hours up the road at the Comedy Caravan in Louisville. It is available to buy right now at iTunes and Amazon.
As a ‘thank you’ to the local comedy fans in Nashville who supported Paul from the very beginning, NashvilleStandUp and Paul are happy to be giving away three (3!) copies of the cd on April 22nd. Enter to win below.
Paul says, “Listen, people laughed when I said the things on this CD and we recorded both their laughter and the things I said. Now YOU can laugh WITH people that laughed months ago AT the same things I said MONTHS ago! Building community, that’s what I’m about.”
[UPDATE: the contest has closed! Buy the album already, cheapskate!]
If you don’t have time to screw around, waiting to see if you win, feel free to go ahead and buy it right now:
Tracy Morgan will be performing stand-up at the Ryman June 3rd and N’Sup has some FREE tickets to give away.
Tracy is widely known for being hilariously crazy on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” but is also known for being a little crazy in real life. Some have wondered where the “Tracy Jordan” act ends and the real Tracy Morgan begins. He can be nuts.
Check out this interview he did on WGN to promote some shows in the Chicago area:
As crazy as Tracy has acted on television, his stand-up comedy is entirely different. When he was scheduled to perform in Denver, The Comedy Works pre-emptively emailed all ticket holders warning them that the performance would be extremely filthy, “We especially want to make sure you are aware that Tracy’s show is very, very dirty. His stand up show is not what you might expect from seeing him on 30 Rock or Saturday Night Live. His show is the most extreme in nature that we can possibly express.” They even offered to refund tickets prices if buyers decided to opt out of the show.
Here’s a couple clips of his stand-up – obviously NSFW:
Still on board?
If you’d like to see Tracy live, tickets are on-sale now, starting at $34.50. If money’s tight, we’ve got you covered. NashvilleStandUp.com will be giving away over 15 pairs of tickets to see Tracy at the Ryman June 3rd at select live shows between now and then AND right here, right now.
Fill out the form below to join NashvilleStandUp.com’s mailing list & register to win a pair of FREE tickets to the show. We’ll announce the winner(s) about a week before the show. Follow N’Sup on Twitter and/or Facebook to increase your chances to win – we’ll give away tickets there and make announcements about which shows around town you can go to if you want to win free tickets.
(EDIT: SORRY, THE GIVE AWAY DEADLINE HAS PASSED.
Sign up for the N’Sup mailing list so you don’t miss future opportunities!)
Growing up the youngest in a big Catholic family in Nashville, Keith Alberstadt quickly developed a sarcastic tongue as a convenient way to get attention. He delivers that wit on a nightly basis to comedy club, corporate, and college audiences nationwide. Alberstadt is regarded by both peers and fans as a one-of-a-kind performer with a very clever writing style. He has been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman and is a contributing writer to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. His new CD “It’s Pronounced ‘Jenkins’” showcases his humor on everything from naming babies and tolerating meatheads to ruining dates and embarrassing nail salon customers.
Keith says, “The CD, “It’s Pronounced ‘Jenkins'” was a blast to put together! Not only does it capture a great night of comedy, but it also features four bonus tracks from shows I did overseas for the troops. I have always said that performing for the troops was the greatest experience of my career, and I’m thrilled that I’m finally able to share parts of those shows with you.”
Here’s the clip of Keith’s appearance on Late Show with David Letterman:
NashvilleStandUp was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the cd and we’re happy to say Keith has once again made us proud to know him. “It’s Pronounced ‘Jenkins’” is consistently funny. The performance is a tight set of high quality, well crafted jokes delivered by a seasoned professional. Alberstadt is easily the most disciplined, hard working comic I’ve ever met. Over the last ten years I’ve marveled at the quality of new, evergreen material he generates. That steadfast dedication to his craft is evident in every track.
The four bonus tracks recorded live while Keith was entertaining the troops in Iraq and throughout the Middle East are very entertaining. It’s interesting to hear his material customized for such a specific audience. His stories about performing in a war zone are funny and fascinating to civilians who may not understand some specific military references – but the reaction from those troops demonstrates how well Keith connects with audiences.. even in troubled war zones.
It’s a fantastic cd, beginning to end. Longtime fans of Alberstadt won’t be disappointed and comedy fans new to Keith will no doubt become fans after a listen.
“It’s Pronounced ‘Jenkins'” is now available on Rooftop Comedy, where you can purchase a physical copy or download it on iTunes. It’s the perfect holiday gift, especially for anyone you may know serving in uniform.
Nashville area fans are in luck!
Keith is performing at the Roxy Theater in Clarksville – headlining the “Comedy on the Cumberland” show benefitting the Humane Society. It’s a fantastic cause and an incredible line-up of comedians: Keith, Dan Whitehurst, X-Man and Hank Bonecutter. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it.