Drew Michael joins me on the show this week. Drew is a Chicago comic and one of the Comedians You Should Know. Drew headlines and features all throughout the Midwest and recently performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
Here's more on Drew:
Woe-begotten cosmic traveler. Societal spectator. Lover of all. Human. I am a stand-up comedian out of Chicago. You, most likely, are not. On stage, I talk about all of the things I think and talk about off-stage: life. The goal is to be honest. (Right?) People often don’t like honesty. They say they do, but they don’t. They lie to themselves daily so honesty tends to offend them. A lot of honesty is mean. That’s why I hate when people say, “Honesty is the best policy” but then also say, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.” What the fuck? So you’re basically saying, “Be honest, but never actually say anything to anyone unless they’re awesome.” Maybe that is the best policy. The only way I know how to interact is to speak to people the way I would like to be spoken to: without limitations. I’m not trying to shock anyone; I’m trying to find answers in the dark recess of my own consciousness. In fact, I don’t even know what “dark” is. How can something be dark or offensive if it’s true? I honestly don’t get it. Maybe that’s some weird form of autism. Anyway, I think we should find those spots inside ourselves and laugh at them while we are still not dead. It’s so fun. I also like to talk about fucking. Sophomoric or not, I think it’s utterly hilarious. If I were writing a third-person bio (to make you think I have someone who writes things like this for me!), at this point I would write something like, “His incessant inner monologue rattles and explodes from the stage in a hilarious rush of refreshing honesty and dark, cerebral insight.” Unfortunately, that’s nothing but a very pretentious series of hyperboles. The problem is that everyone lies in their bios. They all make themselves sound like innovative miracles that happened to choose to pour their plethora of talent into the art of stand-up comedy. Everyone won some dumb fucking award; everyone has opened for someone better than them; everyone has been called “hilarious” or “clever” or “the next Orny Adams”; everyone can be high-energy or subtle or deadpan. It’s all a marketing tool to make you think you’re about to see someone professional. Thus, these things are meaningless. (Just like life!) Is there anything that could be written here that would entice you to see me perform? Watch a clip. Or, better yet, take the risk and come out to a live show. Life should be spent, well, in life. LIVE shows. Let’s make that the thing. As a stand-up, I am on stage as much as humanly possible, performing in over 400 shows per year. I work every single night to find something new or interesting. Sometimes that results in me screaming obscenities to 4 people at a dive bar; other times I’m sharing intimate parts of my life with 400 people at a sold-out theater. Such is the life. In Chicago, I perform anywhere that will allow me. I’m always writing material so you will see something new every time you come to my shows. That’s it. I hope I didn’t waste as much of your time as I did mine. Check out his website - http://www.drewmichaelcomedy.com/