People often ask, "Who’s the next big name coming to Stanford’s?"
And I say, "Well, I try to book big names every week. It’s just different stokes for different folks." Truth is, just like music or the NFL/NBA these days, the big names change very quickly. There are new stars every year and, sadly, some bigger names fall off the map faster than is fair. But that’s the way it is today.
We have two of the top three comics coming in the next couple months.
One name that might suprise you is this week’s star, Dov Davidoff. Dov has blown it up the last two years and many people – me included – rank him in the top five standup comics today, along with names like Lewis Black and Jim Jefferies.
Dov comes from a painful and edgy place in life.
He’s still fairly young, in his mid 30’s, and looking to hit the ball out of the park. He starred in RAINES with Jeff Goldblum and the hit film Invincible with Mark Wahlberg. He’s been on Chelsea, some Showtime specials, a one hour Comedy Central special and on and on.
Davidoff‘s always working, but his comedy has gotten so rich, he’s now one of the most sought out stand-ups.
Dov just shot a new one hour TV special in Amsterdam and he’s at Stanford’s this week.
Other big names coming over the next few weeks include, THE BROKEN LIZARDS. Their first time ever to KC will be next week at Stanford’s. The troupe made its mark in comedy films including Super Trooper, Club Dread, The Dukes of Hazard and Beerfest. Its two main guys, Steve Lemme and will be here February 2-4 and it looks to be a sell out show for audiences under 30.
Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, stars of THE CRANK YANKERS and HEAVY METAL TV shows will be at Stanford’s the last week of February. Jim made this line famous, ‘I GOT MAIL, I GOT MAIL, I GOT MAIL…YEAH, GREAT!!!!" Jim and Don also did several DVD’s and CD’s Terrorizing Telemarketers…all still played on 98.9 The Rock with Johnny Dare.
March 8-10 will be a sure sell out weekend with Austrailian superstar and Jim Jefferies. Jim’s HBO special I SWEAR TO GOD, still gets play and made him a big name comic everywhere. It will be Jim’s fourth trip to Stanford’s. He usually does theaters now, but will do at least one more week at the club. He’s a modern day Richard Pryor meets George Carlin.
He steps on too many toes, but somehow gets away with it – maybe it’s the accent. He even made Teresa on Mix 93.3 cry when he explained to her there was no God on the air. They later made up.
There are many more, but these are all stand out shows. If you want to see the new breed of comedy and stars pick one and come on out, see if I’m right.