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I was fortunate enough to interview Bryan Cook,(the Featured act for Friday's show) this afternoon. We drove around Whatcom County in my F-150 pick up truck, searching for the perfect grocery store sushi.
I've e-known Bryan Cook for a year or so. He tours the country with his podcast Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. He and Seattle comic, Derek Sheen had approached me about producing a show in Bellingham, with Bryan as the Headliner. As the twists and turns of events would have it, Bryan wasn't able to make it. The show went on with Derek headlining, and several other amazing comics filling out the line up. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to hear that Bryan had finally put together a show at The Idiom.
Sean Patton Headlines this Friday's show. Sean's a comedian based in Los Angeles and New York, by way of New Orleans. He began doing standup in the Crescent City and has since performed in comedy clubs across the US and Canada. He's also performed at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2011), Just for Laughs Chicago (2013), Just for Laughs Toronto (2013), and three times at Just for Laughs Montreal (2008, 2010, 2012). In the TV world, he's appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham (2009), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2010), twice on Conan (2011, 2013), and on Comedy Central’s @Midnight (2014, 2015). 2013 also marked the release of his Comedy Central Half Hour Special. As for acting, he's appeared on IFC’s Maron and Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.
Jim Stewart Allen will be hosting and is a local favorite, (via Seattle, these days). A former History Major at Western Washington University, he can be found wandering Seattle's U District mumblescreaming about the Oregon Trail and the undisputed sexiness of certain war time tactical maneuvers.
Sue: Thanks for joining me, Bryan! Question number one...Tell me about Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction.
Bryan: It’s a show I started in 2012 in Seattle that is now a monster I can’t control. That’s not completely true, but since I launched it in LA three years ago, it takes me around the country doing about 50 shows a year in roughly 20 cities. It is also a podcast, free on Itunes every Saturday, from Nerdist Industries.
Sue: The funniest dude I know doesn’t do stand up. I’ve been trying to talk him into it for going on three years. He finally showed up at an open mic. last night…just to kind of feel it out. I had a seizure, came three times, then introduced him to the show’s producer and every comic there. Have you ever had that experience?
Sue: Fair enough.
Sue (CONT.): Any tips for comics trying to make the transition from a smaller town to L.A.?
Bryan: No. Our traffic is bad enough. Stay home, become entitled, complain a lot.
Sue: Why the move from Seattle to L.A., as opposed to New York? You’re from Maine, originally, right? Why didn’t you just start in New York? Way closer than Seattle. Who are you running from, is what I’m asking.
Bryan: Maine. It’s terrible. I moved to Seattle on a whim right after college, played in bands for a long time until I realized I hated musicians. Then I moved to LA for a writing job for a dead woman.
NOTE: Bryan wrote for Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police. Good times were not had and he was part of the Writer’s Strike that resulted. You can Google that shit, should you feel so inclined.
Sue: Have you been in any movies, yet?
Bryan: No, I don’t act.
Sue: Best way to deal with a heckler, in a comedy club or real life?
Bryan: Pick them up and suck their dick.
Sue: Who haven’t you met, but would totally make you nerd out if you did?
Bryan: Mel Brooks, David Lee Roth, and a third funny answer.
Sue: If you were a Life Coach, what would your best nugget of wisdom be?
Bryan: “Fire me.”
Sue: Where can people find/buy your albums?
Bryan: I’ll let you know when they come out! Follow me on twitter @bryancooking.
Sue: Thanks so much, Bryan! This has been a lot of fun! I look forward to the show June 5th! Now get the fuck out of my truck!
*Throws store sushi out of the window*
Bryan: Thanks! Gonna’ be fuuuuuun…
DO come see the show, you guys! It’s cheap, Bryan and Sean are Zepplining up from L.A., Jim is unicycling from Seattle, and they’re doing it all for you. Anyway, Jesus would want you to…probably.
Idiom Theater. Bellingham, WA. Friday, June 5th. 8:30 p.m.
Get ur tix here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1470936
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/816794975035832/
I love you! Yes, you! See you at the show!