Everything Will Be Okay With Amelia Frank

(Credit: Aaron Brooks)
(Credit: Aaron Brooks)

Audio By Valerie, Words By Dave

Amelia Frank has only been at the comedy game for about a year and a half. Her connection to the local comedy scene isn’t Chris Trew. I know, that may sound odd coming from this site, but it’s true (that may be a pun). In fact, the person who got this mid-western lady going is Sure Thing’s Duncan Carson. He asked her to try it once.

Once was all it took and the rest they say, “is history.” Frank talks with Valerie Lopez about her early comedy influences, her professional life and meeting Duncan Carson, Katie Stone and Ella Gale. One of whom, was the only person left at Frank’s first open mic. They were smitten by a joke she made referencing 20th Century German Existentialist, Franz Kafka. Just listen:

Amelia Frank: The Past

Like our famous Pat Dean interview, Amelia Frank pulls back the curtain on how she creates her jokes and her comedy technique. She also talks about being a professional counselor and comedian. Juggling the two may be tricky in a big city with small town vibes like Austin, but she gladly makes it happen.  In fact, she tells Valerie why she appreciates doing comedy. It’s interesting:

Amelia Frank: Current

Amelia Frank is the current host of Bomb Shelter, a monthly open mic ont the first Saturday at Nasty’s Bar in Austin she inherited from Ella Gale.  If Nasty’s Bar sounds familiar, it should since it’s also the location for Martin Urbano’s Damned Dirty Filthy Show.

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Aaron Brooks Is An Open Book

(Credit: An Indoor Lady)
(Credit: An Indoor Lady)

Words by Dave, Audio by Valerie

Aaron Brooks’ describes his past as appreciative, and himself as an open book both on and off the stage.  The interviews he made with Valerie Lopez are indicative of this openess. What’s great about these interviews is how he enlightens Valerie Lopez to the processes of  writing, joke crafting and how they differ from each other. He also talks about his very personal style of fearless comedy.

The St. Louis-ish native killed it his first time on stage at a 7th grade talent show telling Gallagher jokes. Officially he got his start at the St. Louis Funny Bone Comedy Club but it was quickly put on old. In 2008 he put the hammer down on his comedy career, found a club, with an owner who took a shine to the young Brooks and… and you’ll have to listen to part one of his interview with Valerie Lopez:

Aaron Brooks: The Past

After getting professional advice from Jesse Joyce and talking with Mike Macrae and JR Brow, Aaron Brooks decided to move to Austin in 2012. He immediately got signed to the Out of Bounds Comedy Fest, and quickly found open mics. Brooks’ time in Austin has been very productive for him and even landed him a guest spot on the RISK! Podcast with a story that is mind blowing. There is so much more too:

Aaron Brooks: Current

Co-hosting Bounce House at the Spider House Ballroom with Danny Palumbo, performing at showcases and open mics, and shooting videos with Pat Dean and Dusty Svehlak makes Brooks a very busy guy. So if you want to see where he’ll be, check out his website, or his Twitter feed.

Dave Hill Will Try Anything Once

(Credit: Mindy Tucker)
(Credit: Mindy Tucker)

Words and Audio by Valerie Lopez

Dave Hill’s impact on my comedic preferences has been nothing short of epic. So, while his zipcode may not say Austin, if he’s in town, I’ll be there to watch him perform.

You’ve seen Hill on @midnight (he won his last 3 appearances), the Metal Grasshopper web series, and you’ve heard him on This American Life, the Dave Hill Podcasting Explosion and hosting the Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU. You may have even read his 2 books (he’s currently on tour supporting his second, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) or his guest columns in the New York Times. Or, maybe you’ve heard of his 90’s band Sons of Elvis or his current band Valley Lodge (their song “Go” is the opening music for Jon Oliver Last Week Tonight on HBO). In any event, I’ve been a big fan of Hill for several years and I’m hell-bent on making sure that everyone knows how great a force he is.

Comedy Wham Presents: Dave Hill

Hill agreed to an interview with me during his book tour stop in Austin and he waxes poetic on many subjects: Abe Lincoln, donuts, Oreo cookies, Gordo’s, family, and being unquestionably awesome. I think once you give it a listen, you’ll agree. I consider Hill an honorary Austinite and if he ever gets sick of New York City, we’d welcome him here with open arms.

Visit his site, Dave Hill Online for appearances and activities.

It’s Chris Tellez’s Fault

(Photo Credit: Wendel Wilhelm)
(Photo Credit: Wendel Wilhelm)

Words by Dave, Audio by Valerie

Let me peel back the curtain for you, our loyal readers/listeners, the creation of Comedy Wham is actually Chris Tellez’s fault. A couple of years ago, I was  regular contributor to another site in town called The Austinot.

Tellez heard through the grapevine that I was unofficially the Austinot’s comedy correspondent. Unfortunately due to the publishing schedule and the style of articles we were posting on the Austinot, It was difficult fitting his shows and events into the Austinot’s busy posting schedule, so I stepped out on a limb and started Comedy Wham.

I’ve told Tellez he was the inspiration behind Comedy Wham on several occasions and he characteristically sidestepped the honorific with a  grin and an “awe shucks” look. Regardless, it’s true, Comedy Wham is definitely Chris Tellez’s fault. So thanks, Chris.

Anyway, I’m stoked to tell you that Valerie Lopez caught up to Chris Tellez and was able to chat with him about his comedy career. Part 1 has Tellez doing non-comedy open mics in his native Dallas and feeling like a rock star, what else shaped his early comedy career? Listen:

Chris Tellez Part 1: The Past

As always, we provide you a Part 2 to every comedian’s story and Tellez is no different, so click to the link and find out how Chris Tellez sees is place in the world, and current projects:

Chris Tellez Part 2: Current

If you want to see Chris Tellez in the near future,  he can be seen hosting his ongoing showcase, Shit’s Golden, at the Spider House Ballroom this Monday at 9pm. Oh yeah, his co-host is the Alex Jones of Austin Comedy.

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