So says comedy impresario turned scribe Craig Glazer of Columbia, Missouri. It’s been a while since the Glaze graced the home of the Missouri Tigers with his presence, but from what he’s seen, heard and understands, it’s one of the last places on earth he’d realistically consider settling down in. You know, outside of war torn or impoverished places, dog patches and / or loser cities like my former home-away-from-home last year, Topeka.
So in response to everybody’s “favorite” comments section harpy, Harley, Glazer weighed in on some of the preceived differences between Lawrence, Kansas (home of KU and 30 minutes to an hour from KC) and Columbia (home of the MU football team.
“Lawrence is kind of a Yellow Brick Road city,” Glazer says. “Columbia is drab and dark. The things in Lawrence are cool, everything there is cutting edge. People say KU is the UCLA of the Midwest. It’s more erudite and it’s a little snobbish in a way, but let’s put it this way, Lawrence is a more interesting city.”
The flip said of that equation:
“I haven’t been to Columbia in a while, but I’ve had fun there and my dad went to school there. But there were a lot more schleppers – the people there were more pedestrian – the WalMart and K Mart look. You don’t see that at KU. Again, I haven’t been to Columbia lately, but it was hardly a garden spot.”
“Lawrence is like 30 minutes or less from The Legends and 45 minutes to an hour from Kansas City” Glazer says. “But Columbia is like two hours from Kansas City and two hours from St. Louis. So you’re kind of stuck there.”
If Glazer had to uproot his club, which town would he hit, Lawrence or Columbia?
“That’s an interesting question,” he says. “Probably from what I know it would be Columbia. Because from what I know, Columbia is more of a party town and the school and overall population is bigger. And with a comedy club you want that mobile, go out, daredevil mentality. KU people seem to play it safer, whereas MU is wilder, but I think Lawrence could be good too.”
Back to you, Mr. H?