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Nobodies of Comedy perform Ritz Show

More than a decade ago, Jamie Lissow graduated from Fredonia State with a degree in mathematics and psychology. The Rochester, New York native was headed straight for law school but a funny thing happened on the way. Now, instead of order in the court, it’s disorder on a comedy club or theater stage.
John Benson
Jan 21, 2013

Actually, it was Lissow’s ability to be funny that changed the course of his life. He eschewed law school and became a stand-up comedian. He’ll be utilizing his comedic skills along with other rising comedians Tony Deyo, Chris Doucette, Renee Gauthier and Jill-Michele Meleán when they visit Tiffin for a Nobodies of Comedy Tour show Saturday at The Ritz Theatre.

Want to go?
WHAT: Nobodies of Comedy Tour
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin
COST: $10 to $25
INFO: 419.448.8544 or www.ritztheatre.org

Funcoast talked to Lissow, who has appeared on “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Comedy Central's Premium Blend,” about his interesting journey to become a professional comic, his style of comedy and his secret fatherly advice.

Funcoast: First of all, the family must have been thrilled when you gave up law school for the high-salaried position of aspiring stand-up comic.
Jamie Lissow(JL): I believe so [laughs]. It’s weird. I have an opposite story. I was in law school, literally moving in and I was feeling panicky. They sent us these sheets in our dorms saying you have a week to decide if you want to stay here and if you stay you’re going to owe x amount of dollars. It was like how much your loan was. I started multiplying it and thinking holy shit this is going to be a lot of money. I had just started doing stand-up. So I went home to my parents, and I told my dad I was thinking about bailing on this whole thing and trying comedy. My dad was like, “I think it’s a great idea. Let’s go get your stuff.”

Funcoast: Either you have the coolest dad in the world or he really didn’t want to pay any more towards your college education?
JL: Yeah, I think it was a combination of both.

Funcoast: So the next question was going to be how’s your career going so far, but perhaps being on the Nobodies of Comedy Tour says it all.
JL: [laughs] Yeah, I’m actually fighting against becoming famous to be able to work with these people. I’m turning down sitcom after sitcom to go back to the Tiffins of the world. Actually, these shows are amazing. When you do a Nobody’s of Comedy, it’s the greatest thing in the world. Everyone is doing a nice tight 30 minutes, and we normally do an hour, so it’s just a vacation to work one of these. And I’ve never been to one of these shows where everyone didn’t do really well. It’s a great time.

Funcoast: What sort of topics will be in your set when you come to Tiffin?
JL: I recently started hating ventriloquists, so I’ll be talking about that. I think it would suck to be a magician. I try to talk about my kids a lot. I have a couple of kids now so they entered into the act. One of my big topics is I find it really strange that it’s very easy to make people. I don’t think people talked about this when I was younger. It’s frickin’ weird. Me and my wife were living together five years ago, and now there are four of us. It’s like here we go. We own you guys now. So now I own two people who live in my house. And it wasn’t even hard, one of them I was drunk when I made.

Funcoast: Just think, one day those kids are going to cost you a lot of money when it’s time for them to go to college.
JL: I know, I’m going to start off the you should be a comedian and not go to law school speech before they even come to me.