Five Shows, Three Days, Wilmington

Thursday - April 27th - The Wilson Center - 7:30pm

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Opening Act: Leo Hodson (20-30 minutes)


Laugh your tail off with Arvin Mitchell. Mitchell’s creative & and explosively silly comedy has kept him in demand and will have you laughing in your seat. With an array of impressions, stories, gestures and faces, Arvin’s memorable performance is sure to please. As the former cohost of BET’s Club Comic View, Arvin has been featured on Kevin Heart’s “One Mic Stand”, Tony Rocks “The Funny Spot” as well as entertaining our troops abroad. Nominated as one of NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity top comics Arvin continues to tour colleges, clubs, cruise ships & churches.

www.summitcomedy.com/arvin-mitchell

No one under 17 admitted for this event. No exceptions. Refunds will not be provided for tickets purchased for people under 17.

Approx. run time: under 2 hours including intermission

Friday - April 28th - Dead Crow Comedy Club - 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Saturday - April 29th - Dead Crow Comedy Club - 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Drew Michael (Writer/SNL)

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Drew Michael is a Chicago comedian who looks at life from a dark, cerebral point of view. His rumination on relationships, ex-girlfriends, bestiality, pedophilia, God, religion, Hitler, government, life and death has prompted TimeOut Chicago to call him, “Smart, funny and unabashedly crass.”

Drew is a founding member of the comedy collective, Comedians You Should Know. The OnionAV Club says, “The genuine quality of talent on display is unrivaled in Chicago.” The group released a self-titled album that debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Drew released his first album Lovely in 2013. The album debuted #1 on the iTunes comedy charts, which is surprising considering it's this really pretentious love-concept album that nobody understands. He followed that release with Funny To Death, on Comedy Central Records and recently released his first special for Comedy Central (The Half Hour), in the fall of 2016. Drew is also a writer for Saturday Night Live. - Dead Crow Comedy Room

http://www.drewmichael.com/

7pm and 9:30 show

opening Leo Hodson

 

It's Funny How Things Turn Out.

On Wednesday I attended an orientation to become a substitute teacher for Guilford county schools. I decided to take the public transportation service for people with disabilities (SCAT). It's an amazing, life changing service! It's one of the main reasons we want to stay here in Greensboro. Upon arriving it became apparent that the orientation meeting room was inaccessible. It saddened me....then.....it infuriated me. A half hour went by as I sat in the lobby.. You have to keep calm I told myself. Be positive. So after a little longer a kind lady came and got me. I was given an one on one orientation presentation explaining the process. It couldn't have gone any better. The interviewer was part of the staff for recruiting and staffing for Guilford county schools. After the interview she introduced me to her fellow coworker and superior. It's funny how things turn out.

In December I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from UNCG. (and a minor in Sociology but who's counting).

I've been training to become a teacher as far back as I can remember. As a kid my mom would have me divide her students assignments into separate stacks. These stacks would eventually become piles and these piles would eventually take over our living room. Those were the days. As a student I've been blessed to have been taught by some pretty amazing educators. 

Here are a few that I have learned from that I hope rub off on my teaching style:

  • Ms. Stephens (North Asheboro Middle School) Chorus Teacher
  • Mr. Rachlin (North Asheboro Middle School) Social Studies and Language Arts
  • Mr. Luck (Asheboro High School) American History
  • Senora Salas (Asheboro High School) Spanish
  • Ms. Farlow (Asheboro High School) Yearbook
  • Ms. Shinn (Asheboro High School) Librarian 
  • Ms. Lemons (AHS) Student Council
  • Mr. Colby Cochran (NCASC) Student Council
  • Dr. Furquean (Cape Fear Community College) Theology
  • Ms. Brooklin Green (CFCC) Comedy
  • Mr. McGee (Cape Fear Community College) Activity Director 
  • Mr. Kruetzer (Cape Fear Community College) Film
  • Mr. Vandenberg (CFCC) Television Studio
  • Professor Pucket (CFCC) Sociology
  • Professor Anderson (University of North Carolina of Greensboro) Chinese History
  • Professor Levenstein (University of North Carolina of Greensboro) Voting Rights History
  • Professor Elliot (UNCG) Civil War
  • Professor Thomas (UNCG) American Imperialism 
  • Professor Levine (University of North Carolina of Greensboro) Western Civilization 
  • Professor Ruzicka (University of North Carolina of Greensboro) Research Writing
  • Professor Bregman (UNCG) Theology
  • My mom (miss you)

so many more too. (you too dad)

My plan is to be fair, informative, passionate, funny, creative, quick, animated, relaxed, wise, respectful, truthful, eager, fun, strict and positive.

I don't plan on throwing in the comedy towel anytime soon (ever). Some really exciting things are on the horizon. Eventually I hope to get a full time teaching job.....I imagine teaching will cut into my comedy but don't you worry!

I'll keepa writing, I'll keep getting on stage! Please, come check me out at a show and be on the look out for some upcoming projects. 

Your support has helped me get this far so if you're reading this, thank you for being you and much love. Please keep positive even if things seem dismal, email me, let me know if I can help. 

Goodnight Goodnight's Funniest

It was the semi finals of NC's Funniest comedy competition. I did my absolute best. I prepared and followed the advice I had received from some very talented, experienced comedians. And it paid off. From the moment the host handed me the mic to the moment when two men carried me off stage, the crowd was with me. Every joke landed. It was electrifying. I truly believe it was my best short set to date. Unfortunately though, I didn't move on.....nor did I record it. The competition was judged by six judges. After the host revealed the winners I felt confused and disheartened. And I wasn't the only one. After the show about a dozen people came up to me and shared with me their thoughts. This is what I remember being told:

"you made me cry"  "you were our number one"  "please don't give up, you are really talented"
"I thought you were the funniest and so did my two girlfriends"  "really thought you were moving on"

I was in shock. I didn't understand and truthfully, I still don't. And that's alright. I know I can grow from this experience. 

What to take away:

  • That seven minute set order was really good despite not advancing and I will make some tweaking to update it for my 10 minute set to come this August for Asheville.

  • I need to reach out to the people who approach me after shows. I should leave them with a way to follow me online. At the very least tell them I have a website. 

  • That it's okay that I lost and that it's also okay that I want feedback from the judges. I'm not sure if I'm gonna get it. 

Comedy competitions are either decided by audience vote or judges. They both have their pros and cons. I have won and lost with both. All one can do is accept the outcome and try to grow from it. It can't be easy judging an art competition. I want to publicly thank them and the two men who carried me on and off of the stage.

Entering competitions are good ways for comics to reach big crowds, get recognition and show their craft to their peers so they can possibly get booked on to other shows. I don't foresee myself calling it quits anytime soon as painful as this was.

This post was for me.....to get over losing after doing so well. In the process I came up with this thought.....learn and let learn....meaning

Learn and let that learning positively put you in a better position than where you were before.

Lydia told me she was proud of me after my set. Which was cool. And I really needed to hear it in that moment. Performing in this contest, on that exact stage, is after all where we first met two years ago. And now....well, we're in love and we have a beautiful daughter. Goodnight Goodnight's Funniest.

HAPPY JULY 2ND

HEY YOU!

Thanks for making it here. 

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This will be the first show that I have been asked to feature for an established comedian. I have had the privilege to do a few opening guest spots for some very talented comics but never have I performed 25 minutes before the headliner. I am humbled by this BUT I need ALL of YOU (a lot of you) to go. And get your tickets online  Please come. I wouldn't be where I'm at without the grace of God AND your support. Your support in my life thus far has helped me eons and if I do well......it could lead to even more feature opportunities...Who knows? I want to publicly thank Deborah Aronin for giving me this shot. It means so much Deb. It really does. When asked to perform on any show.....it's an honor. This show especially though...rhyme..bugh...This show is gonna be special. I don't want you to come to the show.....I want you to be apart of it. (limited heckling).

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The headliner is Ryan Singer. Check him out HERE BY GOING TO HIS SITE. I can't wait to see him live. This is his bio from his webpage (but you should go to his site and read it there):

"Ryan Singer is the rarest of breeds: A comic’s comic who electrifies mainstream audiences with material that is both uncompromising and unpretentious.   LaughSpin says, “With his high-energy delivery and unpretentious leanings, there’s not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer. And it’s not just us saying it: In the last few years, he’s won over audiences headlining the nation’s finer comedy clubs and was hailed by Marc Maron in Rolling Stone as a comedian “who should be big.”

 

Both his debut album HOW TO GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS and sophomore release COMEDY WONDER TOWN were selected as Top 10 Comedy CD’s of the year (2010 & 2012).  He was selected by LA Weekly as one of “10 LA Comics to Watch” for 2014, was mentioned in NY Magazine as a “Comic to Watch,” was one of 4 finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic Contest, is a frequent guest on the WTF Podcast w/Marc Maron and the Bob & Tom Show, regularly heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, and was a regional finalist in Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight.  He was the winner of the Golden Shingle Award at the Rooftop Comedy Festival, an award given to the next rising star in comedy."

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and thank you again for coming to this site. Aight peace. 

Sean Patton Strikes Again

The first time I saw Mr. Sean Patton perform......it was 2013 at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival. I watched him do two (back to back) shows with two completely different sets.  I never stopped smiling...his comedy went so far beyond where I typically allowed my imagination to go.......the Romantic, TEXAS...IT just blew me away. I had the honor to do an opening guest spot on his first show at the festival......Here is the ending 

After the show a few comics were telling me that I crushed and that I "killed the room"  

Sean overheard us and said, (paraphrasing) 'a comedians goal should never be to kill the room but just...be funny.'

Until he said that my goal was ALWAYS to try and kill the room. It was bred into me. I associated doing my best/trying my hardest with straight slaughtering. The majority of my stage time up to that point was within comedy competitions where "killing it" IS A MUST in order to advance. Those words though, "just be funny" have made an impact on me. There is no more weight around my 'performers neck', I'm more relaxed and they kinda help me loosen up......right before I go on stage.

I was fortunate to see him this past Wednesday at the Idiot Box Comedy Club.....and he did it again, he just blew me away. and Greensboro came out too. It was such a great show. Hosted by Eric Trundy with a feature set by Ryan Higgins. I scheduled my bus to pick me up at 11pm which would have been plenty of time to catch the show and hang out for a little bit afterwards.......But No, it came at 9:45 and I just barely....barely was able to catch the end. I had to roll outside as everyone crowded around him. He signed and left me a poster. Thanks Sean, thanks Steve. It's going on the wall.

"NEXT TIME STICK AROUND!" That hits home for me too. I can't tell you how many times I've dipped out after a show to appease whomever it is that may be assisting me. I try to be home at a reasonable hour because I rely on assistance to get into bed. It's just the way it is for now. This is something that I can problem-solve....I know it....and it's been on my mind for a while now....I'm gonna work on it....so thanks man. It was cool to see you perform again and you KILLED IT at the end of The Grawlix.