For more than a decade the Nobodies of Comedy Tour has been enlisting comics on the rise to create a funny night of laughs.
The popular bill returns to Northwest Ohio for an Oct. 5 show at The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin. This year’s lineup includes Kelly Collette, Matt Goldich, Mark Walton, Tony Woods and Pete Lee. It’s the latter veteran funnyman who is returning to the no-name tour that wants to set the record straight about his career.
Funcoast.com talked to the Wisconsin native, who in 2005 made his television debut on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.” Since then, his resume has included NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and CBS soap opera “As The World Turns.” He was also a cast member on FUSE TV’s “Video on Trial” and the NFL Network’s “Top 10’s.”
First of all, as a veteran of the Nobodies of Comedy Tour, why are you back?
I was on it four years ago when I truly was a nobody. Since then I’ve had a Comedy Central special, did Letterman and I’m a cast member on VH1’s “Best Week Ever.” So I’m on my way to not being a nobody anymore, but I’m still sort of a nobody so I wanted to do the tour again because I qualify.
How much fun is the Nobodies of Comedy Tour?
It’s awesome. I’m used to going and headlining shows, doing 45 minutes to an hour. So to condense my best material into 15 to 20 minutes, and to have a bunch of friends on the show doing the same thing in a theater, is so much fun.
What type of comedy are you known for?
I would say the thesis statement of my comedy is, it sucks to be nice. I’m a very nice guy, I’m from the Midwest and I pretty much roast myself for being nice and all of my friendly qualities that are usually picked on. From there, I talk about a lot of the minutiae of just being nice and saying “I’m sorry” all of the time and greeting people pleasantly.
What kind of topics will you be talking about in Tiffin?
Right now I talk about how I suck at arguing. The main premise of that is instead of arguing with people, what I think people should do is just out crazy the other person until they walk away. So I give examples of that. I talk about if people are going to be mean, the rule is what they do or say has to be funnier than mean.
Want to go?
WHAT: Nobodies of Comedy Tour
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5
WHERE: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin