Chad Riden loves hot food, especially Nashville hot chicken. A buddy tagged him on a facebook post advertising an eating competition in Franklin, TN and Riden had nothing planned for that night so he went. Turns out, he won.. and CBS This Morning happened to be there filming as snot ran down his nose and people around him vomited. “I almost died in this video,” says Chad. “If you pause it at 3:01 you’ll see a wounded animal, barely holding on to life.”
Riden runs a monthly stand-up comedy show in Nashville called “Comedy Cataclysm” where comics eat hot chicken and then attempt to tell jokes. The next one is December 17th at Third Coast Comedy Club and features a special headlining set from musician Mishka Shubaly.
Nashville’s own Keith Alberstadt walked into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City Monday afternoon and taped his first appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman.” The episode will air on Friday, February 6th. Other guests include Dakota Fanning (Coraline) and musical group Beirut (EP, “March of the Zapotec”).
“The whole experience was surreal and amazing.” Keith told NashvilleStandUp from New York, “The entire crew and staff were incredibly hospitable and welcoming. I almost felt like Dakota Fanning’s entourage. My intro song was Brickhouse by the Commodores, in honor of the mighty Vanderbilt Commodores. I hope my alma mater appreciates my loyalty. If they don’t, then I will rescind the donations that I’m not already making.”
Keith grew up the son of a Vanderbilt professor and a craft artist. He worked local stages around Nashville, and toured the nation full-time for several years before moving to New York City. 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 has appeared multiple times on both CMT and “The Bob and Tom Radio Show”. Friday’s Late Show appearance marks his network television debut.
Keith says he had a ball. “It was cool to hear Paul and the band laugh during my set. One of those guys giggles like a school girl, but they meant well, so it’s all good.”
Watch Keith on CBS Friday night at 10:35 p.m. (Central). Until then, keep busy reading his columns and topical jokes on KeithComedy.com, listen to his podcast over at http://keithcomedy.comedypodcast.com/ (also on iTunes), and send Keith your congratulations on MySpace. Comments?