Open Mic Etiquette

By David Gavri

Open mic comedy plays an essential role in the daily grind of the stand up comedian. But simply showing up doesn’t mean you’re making progress. Believe it or not, there is a proper way to go about it. Although stand up comedy is treated with reckless abandon, there is still a level of respect that should be practiced. Afterall, you might be pissing off alotta people without even knowing it.

Comedy Scene in Houston went around the city and asked our fellow comedians about their thoughts on open mic etiquette. Here is what they had to say.
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Dean Austin: Funny Worldwide

By David Gavri

Before Dean Austin started a life of comedy, the medical field was his first passion. But it all changed one day when his best friend from high school dared him to get on stage and do stand up comedy. After that, Dean Austin realized that his true calling was not in medicine, but in comedy. Since then, he’s proven to audiences all over the world that laughter is the best medicine.

Some of his TV appearances include BET’s Comic View, Loco Comedy Jam, and Showtime at the Apollo. You can listen to him on Sirius Satelite Rado, and you can listen to his latest CD titled ‘Funny Worldwide’. He’s entertained not only our troops, but cruise ship audiences as well, making him a popular comedian around the world. He’s been to England, Iceland, Germany, Japan, and Korea all in the name of comedy. And today he’s here with us.
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Matt Golightly: One of the Good Guys

By David Gavri

Matt Golightly is a stand up comedian from San Antonio, Texas. Starting out as a writer for the San Antonio Spurs, Golightly transitioned into comedy and soon mastered every type of gig—comedy clubs, colleges, one-nighters, country clubs, and even corporate gigs. His quick wit, relatable material, and likeable stage presence earned him the number four spot as the “Funniest Person in South Texas.”

His insatiable work ethic, hard work, and talent has taken him all across the United States as well as overseas to Korea and Japan to entertain our troops. Golightly has been heard on The Bob & Tom Radio Show, and has also been seen on Fox TV, LAT TV, and the Late Shift with Kevin Ferguson. During his visit in Houston, he was genuine enough to hang with us after his show. Continue reading

Chase Durousseau: Above the Rest

By David Gavri

It took Chase Durousseau just two years to be crowned as Houston’s funniest person back in 2008. In 2011 he was voted as one of the “Top 3 Funniest Comics in Texas”. He’s opened up for the nation’s biggest comedians. The list includes: Damon Wayans, Louis CK, Bill Burr, Russell Peters, Gabriel Iglesias, and Jo Koy. And that’s just some of them.

Chase Durousseau has taken his comedic talents across the globe, performing in Iraq and Kuwait for the U.S. military. He recently performed in the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. And he’s even been heard on Sirius XM Radio’s Raw Dog Comedy. His easy going, fearlessly laid back personality has consistently make him a crowd favorite. And he’s with us today to tell it like it is.

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The Bob Biggerstaff Interview

By Steven Padilla

In 1991, Bob Biggerstaff was a student at the University of Houston.  One day a comedian came to the school a day before he was to perform.  He was in search of a few people to go on stage before him to start the show.  Bob was one of the guys picked.  That was his first time on stage.  He wouldn’t get back on stage until 1997.  It was then that he became a door man at the Laff Stop.  A few months later, The Laff Stop had started an open mic. That was when he started focusing on comedy.  His first paying gig was in 1999 and he became a regular in 2000.  3 years later, he went on to win Houston’s Funniest Person Contest.  In 2007 he was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Nowadays he is touring the country.  He frequents the open mics in Houston, telling jokes and/or playing Golden Tee.

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10 Questions with Andy Huggins

By Steven Padilla

A graduate of both The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and Houston’s legendary Comedy Workshop, Andy Huggins is a thirty-year veteran of both clubs and concerts. He has opened for acts ranging from Ray Charles to Billy Gardell. In addition, Andy has written for Bill Hicks, Jay Leno, and Billy Crystal on The Academy Awards.(Source-www.rooftopcomedy.com)  In the 1980’s he was one of the Texas Outlaw Comics, which also included  Riley Barber, Steve Epstein, John Farneti, Bill Hicks, Jimmy Pineapple, and Ron Shock.  He still writes and works on his craft.  These days you can see him perform Mondays in Houston at the Houston Comedy Unions’ open mic held at Sherlocks River Oaks.  He is a crowd favorite that never disappoints.  Here are 10 questions with the man himself after the break.  Interviewed by Kevin Farren.

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