The March Of The Gibby Tour: Darik Santos (America’s Got Talent) w/ Brian Barganier (Comedy Central, adult swim, Mtv) & Colin Cook at Spiffy Squirrel comedy show at The East Room 3/6/2016.
Darik Santos, a native of Providence, lives in Windsor Locks, Connecticut with his girlfriend’s family. Until recently, he has been doing stand-up comedy on the side from his job, until he was laid off from that job. “I was a security guard. I patrolled an empty parking lot. They gave me a flashlight and it didn’t even work,” he said.
Now he’s doing just stand-up. He’s performed at Strange Brew in Norwich, Brew Ha Ha in Hartford, Comics at Foxwoods, the Joker’s Wild in New Haven and other area bars and nightclubs. Santos got his start in stand-up doing goofy things on stage. “I would do karaoke or sleep on stage. … I would go up and take my shoe off and then take my sock off and then blow my nose in my sock and then put the sock back on,” he said. “They thought I was just this crazy person.”
When he moved into more verbal stand-up, he favored puns. “Fozzy Bear [from ‘The Muppet Show’] was the first comedian I ever saw and is still my favorite comedian ever,” he said. “I wanted to write jokes like that … really short, quick one liners that keep people interested.” He calls himself a “commodian,” because he tells a lot of toilet jokes. “I’m feeling very flushed right now,” he said.
“America’s Got Talent” producers didn’t seek Darik out, he sought them out. “My mother called me and said ‘they’re doing auditions in Providence, you should go.’ So I called out of work and went. I waited in line for six hours,” he said. “I was delirious. I had the flu. I went anyway. I don’t know what they saw in me but somehow they liked me.
For years now Brian Barganier has been tearing up the comedy scenes in New York City and now is headlining around the country. The Connecticut native’s style runs comfortably on the edge of conventional and alternative comedy. He is described mostly as what can only be called “planned carelessness,” Although he is seen as being morbid or crude sometimes, Brian always manages to pull a 180 and find the funny in topics that sometimes seem untouchable. He has a full length CD and DVD entitled “Jokes Intended for Crickets”
SPiFFY SQUiRREL is an independent, underground professional weekly alt comedy show featuring touring comedians from all corners of the earth, plus outstanding local regulars who are worth paying attention to. Sundays at 6:30pm at The East Room. Produced and hosted by Nashville’s Chad Riden.
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