Chris Castles was born to perform. At a very young age, the west coast native loved to draw. At 12 years old, he discovered the guitar and bands – and as he grew older, chicks man. He discovered chicks. Castles also discovered the pitfalls of being in a band. Relying on unreliable band mates made doing gigs difficult.
Eventually he found himself at music open mics solo with a guitar and a mic. The problem was that he quickly learned he wasn’t a very good singer and his guitar skills… well, he was no Esteban. Anyway, he found himself talking to the crowd and cracking wise more and more and the next thing he knew, he was really digging the art of stand up comedy.
All of this is only a paraphrase of the conversation he had with Valerie Lopez about getting started in comedy and his early influences. It’s wildly entertaining, especially the part about how at 8 years old, he ended up in a town named Boring, Oregon (and I thought Texas had some oddly named towns).
Though part two of the interview is uncommonly short, you should listen to find out about Chris Castles’ current projects. One of which is an ongoing weekly showcase at Austin Java called In the Treehouse.He also has a podcast in the works. Knowing what I know about him, it’ll be a doozy.
The line-ups for In the Treehouse are always top notch. If you want to stay up to date with the show and anything else Castles is up to, follow him on Twitter. If you’re a cretin and aren’t into Twitter, he’s also on Facebook. Don’t forget to follow Comedy Wham as well as the demur Valerie Lopez.
I appreciate a good story teller – a comedian who can take the imaginations of the audience members on a journey of neon colored shenanigans, along roads littered with unicorn poop and magical insanity dust. Bob Khosravi (long “o”) is a soft spoken comedian who enraptures his audiences with his stories – proving you don’t always have to be loud to be heard.
As he chats with Comedy Wham’s Lara Smith, Khosravi shows love to his dad, who he calls a natural story teller, along with family friendly Bill Cosby, George Carlin, and of course Eddie Murphy. The latter two had to be heard on the sly since his dad was trying to be careful with what his son was listening too. But kids will be kids and the rest, and Khosravi usually figured out a work away to hear the adult stuff. I’m sure he didn’t hide it in his underwear drawer under that one pair of socks. My mom kept finding my Public Enemy cassettes there.
This is a fun interview. Khosravi goes into the details of being a first year comic and dealing with tough rooms. One story in particular is pretty amazing. Sorry kids, no hints this time. You’ll have to hear it in his own words. Bob Khosravi is active in the Austin comedy scene and can be seen a the variety of shows going on around town, so keep an eye out for him. It’ll be worth it.
I didn’t know Chip Pope and I had so much in common: We’ve both lived near Corpus Christi. He was raised in Amarillo, and I can point out Amarillo on a map. He was on Austin Stories, and I have seen Austin Stories on YouTube.
Pope is of the the mid school of Austin comedians. This isn’t official since I haven’t broken out the Bunsen Burners, and created an algorithm using chaos math to actually determine the beginnings and ends of Austin comedy eras, but he was in his 20’s when Mtv was still something and he was the youngest winner of the Funniest Person in Austin Contest in 1996. Oh, and the Velv Comedy Lounge was the Velveeta Room in it’s old location. So… whatever era that was, that’s where Chip Pope comes from.
Chip Pope talks to Valerie Lopez about his passion for comedy writing (something he’s been into since at least the 3rd grade). The writing, including the work he did with his comedy partner Howard Kremer has lead Pope to some amazing opportunities throughout his career. He loves writing, and it oozes from every nook and cranny of the interview.
In case you didn’t know, Pope was, along with Howard Kremer and Laura House, part of a show that was produced by and aired on Mtv in 1997 called Austin Stories. It only ran a season, but it was a glorious season. If you’re new to town, this is a cool way to see old (?) Austin. Anyway at Out of Bounds Comedy Festival this year, there will be a reunion.