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It's Always Funny in SLC The Utah comedy scene is alive and well.  There are numerous opportunities to see comedy several times a week along the Wasatch Front and and a wide range of comics to watch.  With so much going on, “It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City”. You can attend one of several open mics, various comedy showcase shows at bars and restaurants and local, touring and celebrity headliners at Wiseguys.  This doesn’t even include the numerous Improv troupes that call SLC home as well. Each week I will interview a local comedian (or Utah grown) who is taking the scene by storm and making the Salt Lake a better place to do comedy. Ever so often I will interview someone not from the scene to get a fresh and outside perspective. I am also looking to add additional features to the blog like comedy show spotlights, polls, mini interviews with touring comics, videos, audio and more! ENJOY!

We are looking to add contributors (writers) and sponsors to the blog.  Please email me at jomazzcomedy@gmail.com if you are interested!

Upcoming guests include  Kirby Heyborne, Jay Whittaker, Christian Pieper, Stephen Jones, Levi Rounds, Nicholas Smith, Abi Harrison, Steve Uribe, Jacob Leigh, Christopher James, Jason Harvey and Mindy Kaye.

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Always Funny: Taylor Hunsaker

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Always Funny: Taylor Hunsaker

It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City interview Utah’s comedy sweetheart, Taylor Hunsaker, this week. We discuss hugely important topics such as tattoos, slutty anteaters and why she loves the local comedy scene. You should check her out this Thursday for a night full of estrogen fueled comedy at 5 Monkeys.  Guys, you might just grow some boobs afterwards. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Strange, awesome high-fiver, vindictive, geeky, titties, humorous A anteater walks into the lunchroom at your work dressed as a firefighter, what is the first thing he says and why is wearing that uniform? If you think my nose is long, you should see my cock! *begins to strip* He clearly misread the location of my ANT’S bachelorette party. What profession would a Tyrannosaurus Rex be best suited with it’s short arms? Athlete in the Paralympics Should I get a face tattoo? Why or why not? What should it be? Yes! A single green teardrop under your eye. It will confuse people into thinking you’re tough and you probably served a dime; that way nobody will fuck with you. What got you started in stand up comedy? I’ve always been a little obsessed with comedy and I thought it’d be a great challenge. I fell in love with it the first time. Who are your biggest inspirations in comedy? Rebecca Corry, Anthony Jeselnik, Tina Fey, Amy Poheler. How long have you been doing comedy? 1 1/2 years! Who has been the biggest help for you in your comedy career? Really everyone. The comedy community is so supportive. We all are quite different, but this one thing brings us all together and it’s just amazing. Also, my mom. Do you feel like wearing glasses has helped you comedy career? (Asking as a fellow glasses wearing comedian).? I am starting to ask this to all comedians who wear glasses. It actually does! People recognize me from my glasses, but if I don’t wear them, people get confused. But I think it’s stupid when people wear glasses that don’t need them. You have an awesome tattoo, what local comedian has the awesomest (most awesome) tattoo? Me, everyone else’s are dumb compared to my awesome robots on my ribs! Also, I haven’t really seen anyone else’s. What has been your defining experience doing comedy so far? I think it was the day I started opening for people and started doing more than open mics. I’ve been really lucky to get to open for a few ladies and meet people that are just an inspiration. You have been able to work a variety of stages in town… what stage have you enjoyed the most? So far I think it’s Mo’s Diner on Tuesdays! Anything can happen and I’ve become closer to a lot of people because of it. What is one stage that you haven’t been on that you would like to? In Utah, probably a show up at the Ogden Wiseguys. I’ve watched shows, it’d be neat to open or more there. What was one joke that you have told that has stood out the most? Killing a baby on Sims because I wanted to see what would happen if I put it on a grill. What do you think of the Utah Comedy Scene? I think it’s...

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Always Funny: Steve Uribe

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Always Funny: Steve Uribe

One name that is jetting up the ranks of up and coming stand up comedians is Steve Uribe, who has been a staple in the Utah improv scene for years..  It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City delves in the the evolution of the Ogden comedy scene, pet habitats and his beginnings in improv.  He is also tall.  So he might a superhuman or just have a problem with growth hormone hypersecretion.   It’s Always Funny was pleased to have Steve as part of the the first Comedy Showcase.  He also was the highest votegetter in the recent Wiseguys 119 Indi.com competition.  He is also a vital part of a couple great shows up in Ogden that happen every Thursday and Sunday. So check it out. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Tall laid back BAMF! You are very tall… which shorter local comedian will slay you like David slayed Goliath? Jason Harvey. If you could turn yourself in to a food, what would it be? Why? Who would you want to eat you? A bowl of chile verde and tortillas. Greatest food on earth. It’s a sauce and main! My wife. Slurp me all up! If you had to live the rest of you live in the habitat of a popular household pet, would you rather live in a hamster cage or a bird cage? Please explain your reasoning. I guess a hamster cage. Hopefully I would have a cool owner and he would buy all those extra tubes and allow me to go all over. You got your start in improv. When did you start doing that? When I was 17. My first show was actually on my 18th birthday. What improv troupes have you been a part of over the years? Which improv troupe was your favorite and why? Quick wits, Off the Wall, Mission Improvable, Laughing Stock.  Can’t pick a favorite they all hold a special place! What is the biggest challenge of starting in improv and then starting stand-up? Having to plan the material. Natural instinct says, “just have a topic” but if you don’t write jokes out, you can really fail. What do you enjoy most about improv? Stand up? What do you dislike about each? The team factor in improv is so fun. Playing off teammates and finding out where you end up together. I love standup for the challenge of it all. Getting a room to laugh at the things you said is always a rush. Improv gets repetitive. Sure the topics change but the games are always the same. The thing I dislike the most about standup is when people find out you are then expect you to perform for them. Why did you start doing stand up comedy after being in improv so long? It just felt like time. I had a lot of creative energy built up and so I needed a release. Who are your biggest inspirations in comedy? Jim Carrey was a huge one for a long time. Lately I have been shifting to more locals. Guy Seidel, Christian Piper, and Troy Taylor are some I have now. Who have been some of the biggest helps for you in your comedy career? Bob Bedore, Josh Nufrio, and Melanie Uribe. You are part of the budding Ogden scene. How...

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Always Funny: Natashia Mower

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Always Funny: Natashia Mower

It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City returns triumphantly this week with the endearing, the lovable, the joyous, the hilarious, the small handed Natashia Mower. We discuss some very important things, such as the haircut situation (somehow it gets mentioned twice, sorry everyone, it was not my intention), celebrity cannibalism and 30 minutes. Natashia is performing at every comedy show possible this month.  So if you go to a comedy show this month, she will be there and you will be able to hear her mouth word joke thingys. Just so everyone knows, I am watching Hot Rod while I am completing this interview.  Cool beans.  Cool beans. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Spills things. If you could compare yourself to any woodland creature, what would it be and why? I wouldn’t compare myself to any woodland creature, I would compare myself specifically to Thumper from the Disney Motion Picture “Bambi”. Mostly because I’m sitting a lot of the time at work and I’m anxious a lot of the time at work, so I do that super fast, leg shake thing. It’s not soothing, but I feel like I’ll die if I don’t do it. Probably how Thumper felt. Whose haircut is more upsetting to the Lesbian community, Justin Beiber or Sharon Osborne? Well, I can’t speak for the four other lesbians I know, but Sharon Osborne can do whatever she wants with her hair because she is married to… um, you know, THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS. As for Justin Beiber, I am very embarrassed to be talking about him as an adult. However, I didn’t like when his hair was all shaggy and in his face and whatnot, cause my hair was inadvertently that way for a time and people made stupid unfunny comments about it. Eff those guys. If you were a cannibal and only ate celebrities… who would be the most delicious? Why? What do they taste like? IF I were a cannibal? I’m eating Bruce Willis as we speak. Sorry to anyone who wanted “Die Hard” number 7 or whatever. The most delicious celebrities are the ones who don’t live in overpopulated, gross cities like LA and New York. You go for the ones in places like Portland or Denver. As for the taste-imagine if the most delicious cow in the world was constantly showered with money and praise and just had a monetary richness to it’s meat-that’s what it tastes like. What got you started in stand up comedy? I’ve always liked laughing and making people laugh. It’s a rush that nothing else lives up to for me. I started listening to so much stand-up when I was around fifteen and I eventually started thinking in that same mindset all the time, just thinking up bits in my head. I had no idea how people got started doing comedy but I knew for sure I wanted to do it. My first comedy show was seeing Maria Bamford in Ogden when I was nineteen and she told me you just have to do it, which is the only good advice you could get about starting out. I didn’t have the courage or material to actually try it for the first time until I was twenty-three. Who are your biggest inspirations in comedy? Early on, I was really inspired by...

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Always Funny: Christian Pieper

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Always Funny: Christian Pieper

This week on It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City, we have one of the hardest working comedians in town, the genuinely funny Christian Pieper. We talk about adopting Jackson, his recent trip to Europe and his comedy voyage. You can check Christian doing his first headlining set at Wiseguys this weekend. So go to his show on Friday or Saturday.  (Then the It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City Comedy Showcase on Sunday.) Now read about Christian! Now! Right now! Post Haste! Describe yourself in 10 words or less? The Fat in the Hat Please give your personal opinion of that attached image of the couple in as much detail as possible? It’s a bad sign when I can’t tell which member of a couple looks more like James Holmes. The cats are beautiful though. If there was a way to adopt one of the local comedians as you own child, who would it be and why? Easily Jackson Banks. He’s a brilliant little fella who still needs guidance and love, and I already have some experience fathering him. You recently stated you were an “Aspergers Whisperer”, what other mental illnesses do you specialize in? Would that be your superhero power? That came out of a couple of conversations I’ve had with my wife and a comedian friend who both have (or likely have) an autism spectrum disorder. There are a lot of people in my life with mild-to-severe social disorders, and there might be something about me that makes those people ok around me and something that makes me ok being on the more emotionally generous side of a relationship. I don’t know if I have any other specialties. If I were a superhero, I’m sure my power would be something lame like connecting with aspies. What got you started in stand up comedy? I was working a boring, dumb, office job, so I started listening to a lot of podcasts, and comedy podcasts were by far my favorite. When I heard comedians talk about how they started out, it made me realize that it was something I could try. Then I went to my first live comedy show in Feb. 2011 and i watched Marc Maron headline Wiseguys West Valley. He had an amazing, inspiring set, and it made me realize how incredible and magical that relationship between performer and audience can be. I went to my first open-mic the next week. Who are your biggest inspirations in comedy? Maron, Louis C.K., Richard Pryor, Maria Bamford, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, and I could name a hundred more. How long have you been doing comedy? Three years Who has been the biggest help for you in your comedy career? Keith Stubbs, the owner at Wiseguys and a great comedian in his own right, was the first booker to put me up in front of a paying audience (well before I merited it, I’m sure). He’s incredibly encouraging and helpful and he’s scolded me when I needed it. He’s given me the chance to work with many of my favorite comedians. I really can’t express enough thanks for that. Also, Keith Barany, another excellent comedian/booker has helped me get what road work I’ve had the chance to do, and he booked me for an Armed Forces Entertainment tour...

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Always Funny: Jason Harvey

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Always Funny: Jason Harvey

This week for It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City we interview one of the most endearing and likable folk in all of the land, the lovable Jason Harvey. We get intense about necessities on an island, Comedy & Other Opinions and Jolly Ranchers. You will have many opportunities to check him out this month.  Including the first It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City Comedy Showcase. So do it… it may be illegal in 14 states in the midwest.  But thankfully in Utah it was made legal in the last legislative session. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Short and sometimes a hairy faced manboy. Chapstick, altoids or Anne Frank? Which would you need most on a stranded island? Why? Probably Anne Frank. That way if she dies I can eat her, but until then I have some decent company, and she gets a nice vacation from that dreadful attic. Who is your arch-nemesis? How will you defeat them? People that dress fancier than me and also less fancy than me are my arch-nemesis. And I’m going to beat them by continuing to dress and look completely mediocre. I will just wake up, lazily shower, run my fingers through my hair(just to make sure that my hair doesn’t look too nice, nor too shitty), brush my teeth, and while doing all this only look at myself in the mirror for about 45 seconds… that’s it. And then BAM!!! Arch-nemesis destruction! You buy 9 jolly ranchers for 78 cents and you have 11 coins? What is the easiest way to pay? I would just want to pay with 1 dollar bill. How many bills do I have? None… damn this comedy thing really isn’t working out. What the hell am I doing with my life. Are these 9 jolly ranchers my dinner, cause if so I’m probably going to be really hungry in an hour or 2…. I would just hand the cashier all 11 coins and say, I’m obviously high right now… do these 11 coins add up the amount needed. Good…. you have a great day to… What got you started in stand up comedy? I’ve always loved comedy. In high school I was a big fan of SNL. So I started to watch comedy central a lot. I was never a big fan of stand up until seeing Mitch Hedberg and Greg Giraldo on Comedy Central. Then when I was 17 I saw Bill Burr perform live. It was at Weber State University for a high school student government retreat or something along those lines. And I was hooked. I loved comedy. I have wanted to be a comedian since then, but didn’t start comedy until I was 28. My ex wife told me I wasn’t funny, and I thought “I’ll show you…” But I got up at an open mic and never stopped. I love it. Who are your biggest inspirations in comedy? Will Ferrell, Bill Burr, Bill Hicks, Paul F Tompkins, Greg Giraldo, Mitch Hedberg, and Richard Pryor. How long have you been doing comedy? About 5 years. Who has been the biggest help for you in your comedy career? Steve McInely and Ben Fuller got me a lot of stage time and really helped me there. And I would have to include...

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Always Funny: Abi Harrison

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Always Funny: Abi Harrison

It’s Always Funny interviewed one of the biggest up and comers of Utah comedy scene. She is fresh off her victory at the Salt Lake Comedy Festival’s One Mic Stand Competition. I know… a big deal! We talk about names, making fun of a word mistake I made and the Utah comedy. She will be on the Inaugural It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City Comedy Showcase on May 25th. That is how much we think of her. She is special… but not like “special” special. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Unfounded confidence and kind of a dick. If you could rename your child using 2 different names from US history, what would you rename your kid? Nathaniel Bacon, because he was all like, I’m going to start a revolution!  and then pooped himself to death.  And dysentery is the funniest disease that kills millions and Grandma Moses bc she’s a BAMF (Bad Ass Mother F*@%er) As a connoisseur of trucker hats, do you own this one? If not, why the heck not? I don’t. Because I’m the worst There is a train traveling from Chicago at 115 mph and a train traveling from Eureka, California traveling at 134 mph.  Why are you still using trains are your mode of transportation? I think you meant ‘as your mode of transportation.’  Thanks… I am an idiot. What got you started in stand up comedy? People were like you are funny, you should do stand up.   How does the comedy scene you started in compare to Salt Lake? I started at BYU.  They are great.  The Salt Lake Scene is much more lenient to exploring weird stuff and acknowledging the existence of risque stuff like anatomy and the gays.  also suicide jokes. Who has been the biggest help for you in your comedy career? My mom.  Ha! Ha!  Boom! Fellow comic camaraderie and mentorship, My comedy bosses, Lindsey Forbes and Megan Moser, the people I work with who very graciously put up with my constant stream of sexual harassment and obscenities.  My baby, Aaron, and lastly my sister. You have performed at BYU Humor U, Wiseguys and at local bars, what is the biggest challenge when performing for these different audiences?   BYU:  pretty easy crowd, as long as you are ridiculously clean and don’t mention unpleasantness.  Wiseguys:  THE BEST!!!  It’s that Timm Thorn, he’s SO welcoming.  Seriously my personal favorite, because its the most challenging to me, maybe because people have the highest expectations.  Local bars are also sweet!!! Smaller crowds are more difficult, but it is a more intimate setting to be able to look into the eyes of the people who are silently judging you.  I did Movie Grille and had a blast.  It was well lit, which usually I don’t prefer, but by the end I felt super close to the audience so that was weird.  Basically I like doing comedy anywhere and everywhere. Was has been your biggest accomplishment as a comedian so far? I made a lady choke she laughed so hard.   And/or didn’t know how to eat correctly. How do you balance being a comedian, a mom, a wife, a Mormon, a janitor and whatever zodiac sign your are? Seems like too much, give us your secret! I’m also a Recreation...

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Always Funny: Barbara Gray

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Always Funny: Barbara Gray

This week It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City is interviewing the wickedly funny, Barbara Gray. Barbara is a SLC born-L.A. bred comedian who does just about everything that you can do as a comedian.  She kills it in the “alt” scene as standup, hits up the UCB and Central Comedy stages as part of the live show of hilarious trio of funny females called Lady to Lady (who made an appearance at the Salt Lake Comedy Carnivale last year).  Podcasting and sketch is also a part of her arsenal. Read about this lively ginger because you know that they can get aggressive and if you don’t, she will probably eat your face off.  They do that. I saw Danny Bonaduce do it once, but that might just be the ‘roids. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Sandwiches, hair, face, nose, microphone, brain, cries at Mr. Holland’s Opus (sorry I guess that was 11) Who would win in a fight between a hobo who’s been injected with PCP and his arms replaced with chainsaws and Curious George possessed by a legion of evil spirits and wielding a sack full of raging honey badgers? I’m gonna have to go with the hobo because it sounds like he’s way more in charge in this fight. Curious George could easily fling the honey badgers in the wrong direction or they could possibly attack him, leaving the hobo to hack his little monkey body to pieces. Then once the PCP wears off the hobo could get a job chopping down trees and become a real functioning member of society. Everyone wins! Except Curious George. And the rainforest. If you combine all the best parts of different celebrities to make the perfect human, who and what body part (starting from the feet, your perfect human can combine male and female parts, so yes, your perfect person can be transgender)?  Sorry, Paul Rudd already exists so this question is invalid. Those other questions were really long, so this one won’t. What is your favorite word that starts with Q?  Q (from Star Trek:TNG) What got you started in stand up comedy? I was always a big fan of comedy, grew up listening to Bill Cosby on road trips, and then in college I started listening to Tenacious D which in turn got me into stand ups like David Cross and Patton Oswalt. I also started getting really into shows like Strangers with Candy and then a lot of British TV comedies. I moved to Los Angeles from Salt Lake to work in film after getting a film studies degree from the University of Utah, and I just immediately started taking improv classes at UCB and throwing myself into the comedy scene, going to shows every night. I became a ‘beer girl’ at a show called 12 Shiny Nickels which was in this creepy moldy basement theater and I was meeting comics and trying to get the balls to finally go on stage. My friend Zach who ran the tech at that show started an open mic so finally, about eight months after moving to LA, I got on stage at my first open mic (I had done one many years ago at Wise Guys West Valley but I don’t really count that). So yeah it...

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Always Funny: Richie T. Steadman

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Always Funny: Richie T. Steadman

I have been really excited about this interview for a long time.  Richie T. Steadman is always doing something.  I say he is Utah’s Ryan Seacrest.  You can catch him interview the famous and talented, chiming in on X96 in the mornings, on his popular blog and podcast, The Cultural Hall and pretty much anywhere else. I have appointed him the official “Mr. Ginger Utah 2014” and I grow a ginger beard, so I totally be onboard with whatever he says or does. Richie is the founder of the Salt Lake Comedy Festival that runs today (Wednesday April 9) through Saturday (April 12).  It is a great festival with a little bit of everything for everybody.  You need to go because it was was Jesus would do if he was into comedy.  WWJDATSLCF? (What Would Jesus Do at the Salt Lake Comedy Festival) Probably Improv is my guess.  He would almost guaranteed to be in the “Best of Festival” show too. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Hard-working and a pleaser. Crap. I only get 10 words. If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why? If it was a movie about me…I would probably play the part of me.  I wouldn’t wanna make anyone else get inside my head. *If you could get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why? To make it harder, it can’t be Delaware.* Florida. If I have to hear that it is America’s Wang one more time…. If one cartoon character could be elected to be the President of the United States, who would it be? What would be his biggest campaign promise? Bullwinkle. His promise…obvious….Pull a rabbit out of his hat and actually accomplish it. What is your background in comedy? I have studies at i0 and Second City in Chicago. Performed with and co-founded Off The Cuff in Cedar City Utah. Have performed at the Desert Star and Off Broadway theatres doing Musical Comedies. I have performed with Quick Wits, Off The Wall, Laughing Stock for improv. Have performed some Open-Mic at Wiseguys. Who are your biggest inspirations in comedy now? I really like Louis CK, Marc Maron on the National Stage. Locally I really like Steve Soelberg, Jay Whittaker, and Guy Seidel. Growing up? I loved any comedy from Stand-Up to Sit-coms-to Dr. Demento. Anything that would make me laugh. You have participated in acting, improv and stand up? We do you enjoy the most and which is the most difficult? I enjoy each of them for different reasons. I enjoy Acting because it is fun to take someone else’s words and create a character. With Improv I like being in the moment. Sharing a unique experience with the audience that could have never been anticipated and could never be recreated. Stand up- is great because I love telling stories to people from my life. I like the story telling of stand up because I feel like I get to share some of the most intimate/embarassing stories from my life and really share myself with others. As to my favorite…It’s cliche…but I dont think I could really pick. They are all so unique and individually challenging my hat goes off to anyone who participates in any of...

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Always Funny: Bob Bedore

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Always Funny: Bob Bedore

In our triumphant return from a short hiatus, we come back with a bang with one of the “Fathers of Utah Improv”, Bob Bedore. Bob’s comedy has spanned over 30 years and covered both improv and stand up comedy.  If it involves comedy in Utah, Bob has been there, done that.  Setting up improv troupes, opening for comedic superstars or oil wrestling with a wild grizzly bear. (Alright, I don’t know if that really happened, but I have heard rumors.) Bob is like Kim Kardasian in a Star Magazine, he can be see weekly. Except he is at Midvale Main Street Theatre, not showing off his voluptuous curves in a high end couture gown from Vera Wang. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Older Than Most, but young at heart. Thoughtful Entertainer/Emcee Giraffe? Beaver? Humpback Whale?  Which would be the tastiest meat? Please explain. I’m going to go with Humpback. Giraffe is all Neck and nobody likes the neck. Beaver sounds good (and dirty), but too much fiber in their diet.  So with that I’ll go with the Whale and fry up some blubber I don’t quite understand the appeal of the sauerkraut. Can you educate me on why people like this? It’s liked by the Germans, who hate everything. That makes it perfect for Hipsters or wanna-be foodies. In a battle to the death between Pee Wee Herman and Steve Urkel, who would will? What would be the victor’s kill move? I’m going to go with Urkel. Not because of anything Urkel can do, but because Pee Wee would end up beating himself (Hey-O!) What got you started in doing improv? How long have you been doing improv? I started doing Improv in High School (about 1980). No one really did it for anything other than to waste a little time in class. Then when I started doing stand up in the mid-80’s there was a promoter who loved improv and would have the comedians do it to fill some time. I was the only one that really liked doing it then. The others were afraid of it.  Then, when I was opening up Off Broadway Theatre I needed something that set us apart from Desert Star Playhouse (where most of the actors came from) and I turned to Improv. It wasn’t on TV at the time so it was a tough sell for the actors, but we pulled it off. Now it’s many years later and I still love it and play every weekend.   QuickWits has been around for a long time.  When did you start it?  How does one go about becoming involved with QuickWits? Quick Wits started in 1994 at the Off Broadway Theatre and has performed every weekend in Utah since that time. That’s an amazing run for one troupe. When I named the troupe Quick Wits I always meant to come up with a better name, but it turns out the name was really good, and now basically means Improv in Utah. We’ve moved around a lot over the years, but have been able to stay relevant. The amazing part is the group of actors that come and go. It seems like every so often Quick Wits has to get a whole new set of actors, but we find them. I would...

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Always Funny: Guy Seidel

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Always Funny:  Guy Seidel

It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City is back after a busy birthday week (I got shoes, #s 46 & 47), to chat it up with the hilarious Guy Seidel.   Guy is a talented musician, comedian and get more likes and comments on a Facebook post about homeless people than I did when my kids were born.  Yeah… so what… I am jealous. We cover a trio of C-named topics of cats, Cage and comedy. He headlines this weekend at Wiseguys Trolley Square.  You probably should go because if you don’t… starving kids and supermodels. Describe yourself in 10 words or less? Music, bikes, comedy, ball-buster, bachelor, good dude If you could become a cat lady, how many cats would you have and what are their names? I already am, i have one cat named Cooter, any more than one and your house smells like shit. What are you true feelings about Nicholas Cage? I liked him in Raising Arizona, Fun Fact: his son’s stepfather is Shagrath of Death Metal band Dimmu Borgir. Who do you hate more, Suburu owners or guys with curly mustaches? Please explain. Mustaches for sure, I actually want a Subaru. Curly mustaches are the mullets of today, its all hip and ironic now but you’re gonna look at old pictures and feel like an ass. Why did you start doing stand up comedy? I was a musician for years and always had that as an outlet, after that faded a bit, I had to find something.  I was always funny (every cliche comic answer) so I decided I would try an open mic Who are your biggest inspirations in comedy? My biggest inspiration was probably Mitch Hedberg and I hate to say it, Rodney Carrington, at that time, he was really funny to me as I was kind of a country boy.  I started YouTubing Mitch around the time he died and just loved everything he did. How long have you been doing comedy? Next month will be 6 years, I thought I’d have a sitcom by now…no luck. Who has been the biggest help for you in your comedy career? Marcus, he put me on my first shows, first road trip, first everything.  I used to get a lot of shit because he helped me so much and people thought I was kissing his ass, not the case, we just became good friends and our styles work well together on a show. You have a very unique show that you do with Marcus.  Please describe the idea behind it and how it came to be. Marcus and I have done a lot of road gigs and one day we talked about him doing musical impression because he was a singer long before he was an impressionist or comic, so we fused together these karaoke tracks and made these medleys, I have a knowledge of music so I kind of directed which songs go where and what keys they are in etc.  He performed that show one night at Trolley Square and it BOMBED!! the backing tracks just didn’t work and the energy wasn’t there, you were just watching a guy do karaoke, SO he suggested I learn these songs on acoustic guitar and I thought “no way” It was too much to...

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