People often come up and ask me, "Hey, got anyone big coming up at the comedy club?"
I always wonder if they even know who is big. Most people can only name a few comics that even do clubs. The really big acts like Lisa Lampanelli went on to theaters and the ones who were just good or so-so have left the business.
Now there’s an entire generation of new comics.
Yes, there are still some oldies but goodies. They still fill the rooms. At the top of the group are names like Ralphie May, Carlos Mencia (when he is not doing a theater), Pablo Francisco, Kevin Nealon, Lynne Koplitz, Caroline Rhea and a few more. Other big names like Tommy Chong have left the club scene as he has re-teamed with Cheech to make millions again in theaters like The Midland by AMC in KC (sold out, standing room only).
My relationships with some of the big names like Lewis Black (only big rooms, casinos, Vegas) brings them to our club once in a while. Tommy Chong, a very close friend, will do ONE comedy club this year – STANFORD AND SONS – in looks like August.
Since Leno and Letterman have faded, new feeders for comics are CHELSEA HANDLER, TOSH.0 & Comedy Central.
To that end, we use their top young people like TJ Miller (film star, "She’s Out of My League) Josh Wolf (Chelsea, head writer and now has show following hers), Nikki Glaser (from here, on her way up, ‘I AM COMIC"), Bryan Callen (just here, THE HANGOVERs), Eliza Schlesinger (got her own show on Comedy Central), Whitney Cummings (NBC show, and another she produces) and next week we have new comedy big time guy, Mo Mandel.
Mo is a regular on Chelsea. He’s handsome (that helps) young (29), and got the starring role on NBC’s FREE AGENT that starts this fall. We still have the vets like Reno 911’s Carlos Alazraqui with nine seasons on Reno..
Ah, the young have taken over again.
There is more talent in comedy today than I’ve ever seen before.
Chances are, you just never heard of most of ’em.
See them all at Stanford’s, the Midland, Amritsar and Sprint Center. Enjoy.