5 Boston comedians to watch
The soon-to-open club Laugh Boston is the ideal showcase for up-and-coming performers like Wes Hazard, Will Noonan, Bethany Van Delft, Shea Spillane, and Mike Whitman.
30 > MILTON
Rating Boston’s comedy scene It’s like Seattle right before Nirvana came out: filled with amazing talent the world has yet to discover, and great coffee.
Comedy style in three words or less Mostly. In. English.
Comedy hero I love Richard Pryor and Jerry Seinfeld equally. I try to be the pale Irish son they could never conceive for obvious reasons like age.
Punchline I said to my girlfriend recently, “You look so beautiful.” She said, “Aww! When I’m 80 years old, with gray hair and wrinkles, will you still tell me that I’m beautiful?” And I said, “Yes. I’ll call you and I’ll tell you that.”
28 > BOSTON
Day job Library assistant
View on Laugh Boston From what I’ve seen, this club has been developed with an understanding of the needs of live comedy and those that perform it — and that means so much.
Rating Boston’s comedy scene 10 on the Mohs scale, hard but beautiful
Comedy style in three words or less Vigorous, bespectacled, effective
Comedy hero Jaleel White
34 > MILTON
Day job Part-time Zumba and mixed martial arts instructor
View on Laugh Boston It’s going to be a home for all working comics run by people who know the business.
Rating Boston’s comedy scene Coming back
Comedy style in three words or less Frustrating, mystical, irrelevant, confusion, warm tuna wraps, distracted, bewildering, feeling you get when you just watched the hit movie Beaches mixed with just getting off the teacup ride at the carnival***MESSAGE TRUNCATED***
Comedy hero Any veteran comic who still continually writes new material
26 > SOMERVILLE
Day job Waitress/hostess
Rating Boston’s comedy scene It’s big enough that there’s a good amount of opportunity [to perform], but small enough that you don’t get lost in a sea of comics.
Comedy style in three words or less Goofy but thoughtful
Comedy hero Lucille Ball. She paved the way for other funny, fire-haired females.
Punchline I can’t stand “Baby on board” signs. If you’re going to put a sign on the back of your car, I want it to be useful information for me to have, like “Single doctor on board.”
Day job Minion to a 1-year-old
Rating Boston’s comedy scene The best comedy breeding ground in the country
Comedy style in three words or less Low-key, wry
Comedy hero Oh, gosh, I’m afraid of commitment!
Punchline I’m supposed to respond to my baby’s babbling, but I can’t because I don’t know what she’s saying. She doesn’t speak English, and I don’t speak her language, I’m American!
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