Nashville native world traveling comedian Keith Alberstadt recently went overseas again to perform for the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. As part of the Comics on Duty World Tour, Keith performed his comedy along with fellow comics Danny Bevins, Phil Palisoul, Shawn Halpin, Drake Witham, and Paul Ogata at Camp Manas. He also documented being mauled by a US Army-trained dog named Bono. Keith was wearing protective gear, but it’s still pretty scary looking (and funny):
Mr. Alberstadt told NashvilleStandUp, “I love performing in Nashville.. especially in August when there’s no threat of snow to keep people hunkered down in the Kroger bread aisle. Plus, I get to see Chad Riden. (He doesn’t know it yet but I need some computer tech help.. and some advice on going bald gracefully.) It’s gonna be a fun week and a killer show on Wednesday!”
Traditionally, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Zanies puts together an all-star lineup of comedians from Nashville who are off the road and back in town to spend the holiday with friends and family. “Comics Come Home” is a showcase style line-up of the guys (and ladies) who came up through the open mics, starting getting work.. and at some point hit the road to do comedy full time. It’s always fun. If you’re looking for an excuse to ditch your family and go have a few drinks / laughs.. this is the perfect show for you.
This year, our own Keith Alberstadt (“Late Show with David Letterman”, CMT, etc) will host AND headline the event which also features Dan Whitehurst, Dawna Kinne, TC Cope, Chad Riden, Brian Bates and Rick Wey.
Keith Alberstadt grew up the son of a Vanderbilt professor and a craft artist. The result . . . a very clever comic with sharp perception, unmatched creativity, and a treasure trove of unique material. His likable personality and down-to-earth charm invite people into his brand of humor—one that is smart but not brainy and relatable but not hacky.
While performing, Keith takes pride in laughing at himself and his “inner dork”, which he attempts to prove is something in all of us. Current events, popular trends, personal details… Keith shares his witty insight on everything, all the while doing it with a mischievous smile that quickly becomes infectious.
A regular performer for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Keith has been described as “absolutely hilarious” by Armed Forces Entertainment and “a hidden gem” by the Boston Globe. He’s also a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, National Lampoon and various online magazines.