Out with the old, in with the new…
That’s been the Hollywood battle cry for ages. Comedy undergoes major changes about every 10 years. And that change is now underway. Stanford’s was just named one of the top comedy venues in the country for 2011/12 (along with Caroline’s in New York).
Because both clubs have a great mix of current big name stars, as well as the new superstar comic up-and-comers.
Chelsea Handler is the "NEW" Johnny Carson.
That’s right, she’s way, way more important than Jay Leno and David Letterman to comics. Being on Chelsea’s show five times is better than being on those guy’s shows 20 times. This season she’s had five of her people starring in TV shows. These are people she launched, including Whitney Cummings, Iliza Shlesinger, Mo Mandel, T.J.Miller, Bryan Callen (he was already a star) and of course, on her own new sitcom, "Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea" with Ali Wong.
Stanford’s has booked Wong, Miller, Callen, Mandel and her new nearly every night guy Chris Franjola. We also plan to have her main man Josh Wolf back. Chelsea is the new feeder for comedy stardom.
Hey even my good pal and comedy superstar Lewis Black didn’t sell out this past Friday in Topeka.
Maybe it’s because it was Topeka, huh? The times are changing. You still have to book the long running big names because lots of your older audiences don’t know the new ones yet. Of course, after they become stars they say ask me, "Hey, are you ever gonna get that Larry The Cable Guy?"
We nearly invented him, he played our clubs at least 15 different weeks – up too and including the Blue Collar Tour.
Sure, we have the big names of the recent past, Jon Reep, Bobcat Goldthwait, Micheal Winslow, Dave Coulier, Bobby Slayton (this week), Jim Florentine, Lynne Koplitz, and many more.
Hey, whats fun is getting the two top rated comics in the world, both of whom are just starting to become well known. And that’s Dov Davidoff (here this winter) and of course No. 1, Jim Jefferies from Down Under. A local gal, Nikki Glaser is burning up the track since being in the film I Am Comic and all over the Web. Plus she’s been on several Tonight Shows and made the finals on Last Comic Standing (she’s from St. Louis but went to KU and started with Stanford’s).
The Broken Lizards (stars of Super Troopers/Beerfest) are coming to Stanford’s this winter as well. I didn’t even know that one, but I’m told it will be a sure sellout.
So come see the ones you’ve heard of and then come and discover the ones you don’t know yet. Because they’re tomorrow’s stars.
And this Tuesday at 8 PM it’s Stanford’s 2011 Comic of The Year Contest in KC. It’s open to the public, so come see the top 25 men and women comics in Kansas City. Some of them are very good.
Hey, that’s where Eddie Griffin and Sinbad came from. Remember those guys?