Nashville StandUp Sits Down #43 – 3/12/2017

NSUPsitsDOWN sundays 6-7pm on WXNA 101.5 fm

Chad Riden and Mary Jay Berger play stand-up from Craig Smith, Keith Alberstadt, Narado Moore, Bob Saget, Tim Northern, Ross Hamilton, Paul Strickland, Nate Bargatze, Carlos Valencia, Dan Whitehurst, Lavell Crawford, Rocky Dale Davis, Ben Kronberg, Chris Crofton, Jake Johannsen.

‘Nashville StandUp Sits Down’ features the very best of Nashville Comedy from 6-7pm Sundays on WXNA 101.5 FM in Nashville and streams online at & on the TuneIn app AND is archived at

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Paul Strickland @ SPiFFY SQUiRREL Comedy Show (The East Room) 1/12/2014

Paul Strickland @ SPiFFY SQUiRREL comedy show @ The East Room 1/12/2014

After not graduating with degrees in creative writing and vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Paul got married, then divorced, then decided to crash on couches and make jokes, stories, performances pieces and songs his bread and butter, because bread and butter got expensive. Now he is who he is probably as a result of all of that. He then fell in love with (a woman) the city of Indianapolis, so he actually has a couch of his own, as well as a bed and an office and whatnot where he works on his projects when not out and about performing to pay the bills.

Paul has won numerous awards for his performances, including (most recently) the 2012 “Best Solo Performance” award from Freeline Media and the 2013 Linda Bowen “Pick of the Fringe” award from the Cincinatti Fringe Festival.

“I firmly believe that making people laugh at themselves and think in a new way about 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.”

Paul Strickland can be found online at,,

Here’s video of Paul:

SPiFFY SQUiRREL is Nashville’s only truly 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 7:30pm at The East Room for just $5 cover. Produced and hosted by’s Chad Riden.

1/12/2014 7:30pm: Paul Strickland w/ JC Ratliff, Bubbs Harris, Sean Parrott, Chad Riden & a MYSTERY GUEST COMIC (FB)

6:30pm doors open
7:30pm show begins
7:31pm you’re late, dummy

The East Room
2412 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, Tennessee 37206

TICKETS: $5 at the door or in advance online


For Booking Inquiries, contact N’Sup

(NEXT WEEK: Jarrod Harris!)

Win a FREE copy of Paul Strickland’s “Levels of Difficulty” cd!

Paul Strickland: Levels of Difficulty

Paul Strickland: Levels of Difficulty

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:

For more from Paul Strickland, stalk him online:!/talkingpaul

Paul Strickland: Levels Of Difficulty (back)

Corporate Juggernaut: Live Album Recording @ Bongo April 23rd

Corporate Juggernaut Live CD Recording

Corporate Juggernaut Live CD Recording

The fine folk at Corporate Juggernaut have decided to record their very own live comedy album and we want you to share this emotional event with us. We want your smiles, we want your laughs and we want your permission to burn them on to a CD for other people to enjoy. So, come on out and be a part of this historical evening and let us help you have a bad-ass time.

Also, stay tuned for all sorts of fun contests and stuff!

Performers Include:

Gary Fletcher
John Thornton Jr.
James Austin Johnson
Brad Edwards
Sean Parrott
Mark Anundson
Chad Riden
Brandon K. Norman
Sean Christian Staggs
Doug Morinec
Paul Strickland
Bryce Damuth
Dan Schlacter


@ 9PM 21+


@ BONGO AFTER HOURS THEATER; 2007 Belmont Ave. Nashville, TN 37212

(Facebook event)

Q&A with comedian Paul Strickland

LEO Weekly has posted an interview with our good friend Paul Strickland. Here’s an excerpt of him talking about getting too personal on-stage:

“When I first started talking about my divorce, I didn’t really know where the line was, and it would get a little too much for the audience to handle. The key to it, for me, is to take something that’s personal, that’s honest and is true and find a way to talk about it in a way that entertains strangers. That’s the challenge of comedy, I think — to find a way to craft honesty and truth into something that’s funny.”

Read the rest of the interview on and catch up with all things Strickland at his site