If Your Dreams are too Small then Give them to God. Recovery Comedian Rob Wilfong
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Rob Wilfong is a Cincinnati funnyman who has spent the last several years traveling throughout the Midwest working in bars, lodge shows, theaters, and clubs crafting a comedy act that is pleasantly different from anything in the comedy industry today. Rob’s act has been described as “hilariously vaudevillian-like“. High energy antics and quick hits are trademarks of this experienced character-based comic.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Rob Wilfong:  Freckles, buck-teeth, with a cowlick and an obsession with Bugs Bunny. I was an honorary member of the Partridge Family Fan Club. You probably didn’t need to know that.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Rob Wilfong:  I would always watch late night talk shows if I knew there was a comedian on the show. Mom didn’t care much for that on a school night. Although I started doing stand-up in the military placing in several contests, I let life problems and alcoholism steer me away from my passion for years. I have been working in comedy for over 5 years now.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Rob Wilfong:  Yes, but not professionally. I guess giving all those leads paid off……..saved me some serious money on Toastmasters. I have enough meetings to go to.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Rob Wilfong:  I have no point to make any more. I’m just having a lot of fun with the audience. Life is good.

Recovery Comedy:  How would you describe your comedy style?

Rob Wilfong:  I’m ridiculous fun!! A character comic with high energy antics and quick hits that keep coming. I want you to feel much better than you did before the show.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Rob Wilfong:  Robin Williams, Emo Philips, and Steven Wright.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Rob Wilfong:  I have learned to embrace my childish outlook on just about everything. It is my sole intent to out-stupid myself.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process? 

Rob Wilfong:  I heckle the television. It’s incapable of resentment.
Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite? 

Rob Wilfong:  Cheese fries…….it’s a real problem.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Rob Wilfong:  My mom is very religious and has not come to a show. She’s very cool……..just not that way. I remember telling my dad I wanted to be a comedian when I was about ten years old. He said, “Just what the world needs…..”. I know that, if he was alive today, he would get a big kick out of what I’m doing.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Rob Wilfong:  Very much so. For the longest time, I didn’t have a computer or barely left the house. I have grown tremendously. Gratitude.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Rob Wilfong:  Early on………every bit of…….…early on. I wasn’t very funny. This takes a ton of work and experience. For once, I am thankful to be obsessive.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Rob Wilfong:  The answer is always the same. The last show I performed.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Rob Wilfong:  Told my friend I had to go to a funeral. He said, “Anyone you know?”
“No. I have season tickets, dummy.”

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream? 

Rob Wilfong:  I think way too small. I have given my dreams to God to play with me as he sees fit. He has big plans. I just love what I get to do.

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How to Overcome Stuttering to Become a Successful Recovery Comic! T-T-Tom Clark Interview
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Tom Clark has been called the “Mel Tillis of Stand-up Comedy." Like Mel, his slight stutter disappears when his comedic voices hit the stage. Tom has been in the spotlight for three decades. He's been a singer, dancer, actor, speaker and writer, but it is his love of performing stand-up comedy that keeps his heart light burning.

His stand up seeds were sown in the fields of sketch comedy in the early 80’s. The hats of writer, director and performer were shared by all members in “The Boffo Players” as TTTom and his fellow players toured clubs and colleges throughout New England.

After earning much needed experience, confidence, and a little money, TTTom went off on his own to the world of standup comedy in Boston. Those stages were, as they are now, a top-notch training ground. The demands for originality in humor, presence and voice allowed TTTom to hone those comedic skills that have taken him so far.

TTTom cut his road teeth on a grueling 28-day, 28-show tour as the opener for Bill Haley’s Comets. This summer southern tour opened the door for more concert shows. He has appeared on stage with such varied sounds as the country music of Tommy Cash, the Motown of The Temptations, the folk music of Livingston Taylor and the rock of Robert Palmer.

TTTom’s stand out stand-up career has allowed him to travel coast to coast and beyond. He has headlined in the sunshine of Florida, the plains of North Dakota, the tundra of Canada and the cruise ships of Europe.

TTTom has delighted television audiences nationwide on A&E’s “An Evening at the Improv." He has since launched a career as TV commercial spokesperson and actor.

TTTom’s experience, showmanship, and humor make him a comedic voice to be heard. He's a sure bet to bring entertainment value to your next event. 

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid? 

TTTom Clark:  As a kid….I am the last of 6 kids…kinda the text book craving for attention…always looking to make everyone laugh.  Laughter was huge in my house, but I still say I’m the least funny of my family ….they all are funny in their own way.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

TTTom Clark:  Even as a child as I said before laughter was huge…listened to comedy albums as a kid…knew the rhythms and beats of story telling and comic timing instinctually almost from family and a few grown ups who  were great story tellers…..then in Junior High one day we had a class with no teacher [the sub didn’t show] so the teacher across the hall said we were on our own as long as we were quiet…I proceeded to start telling a story about why I had bleach stains on my bellbottoms [yes I’m that old]….I “held court” for the entire period as I got laugh after laugh with my story…as the bell rang I moved to the door but stayed there as everyone walked out …all saying how funny I was and one girl saying, “you ought to be a comedian”...that’s when I knew what I wanted to do!
The sad part, in hindsight is, I didn’t really have the nerve to do it until I found alcohol!
Then when I did…I used it just enough to be somewhat successful.
I’ve been doing it for over 30 yrs now with a few breaks in between.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

TTTom Clark:  Yes, but I actually think the “club atmosphere” may have “sped up” my disease process...that’s my armchair diagnosis.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it? 

TTTom Clark:  Not really except most of my laughs are about me …so I guess you might say I’m saying don’t take yourself too seriously.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols? 

TTTom Clark:  As I kid I listened to parents albums; Bob Newhart, Smothers Brothers, Alan Sherman...then Bill Cosby and I bought all his albums…as I teen then got into George Carlin and Richard Pryor.  I’d say the last 2 are my idols….got to meet and chat with Carlin twice.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from? 

TTTom Clark:  The world around me is really my inspiration and I now finally realize I’ve got a “weird way of looking at the world” as one audience/critic told me on a cruise ship one time...so I try to look at anything and find the humor in it!

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

TTTom Clark:  Its kinda scary but I really have NONE...when I’ve tried to be disciplined and sit and write nothing happens, so now I just listen and wait for it to come…so far its working.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite? 

TTTom Clark:  Boredom or the opposite and too busy with life “chores” to have my antenna up or not open enough to hear/see the humor around me

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

TTTom Clark:  Yes in the ways they know how…both my wife and our 17 yr old daughter occasionally come to shows…my daughter has the “theater bug” so we share critical notes…and share same twisted sense of humor that my wife sometimes doesn’t appreciate!

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process? 

TTTom Clark:  I suppose so…if healing means I can now find humor in almost anything...but that’s not always a good thing…just ask my family!

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy? 

TTTom Clark:  2 come to mind…one opening for a band at a college, the band just had a top 10 hit and the students did not want to hear me!…the booed the entire time until I said I was wrapping things up then they cheered…the other was a Corporate Christmas where they all had their trophy wives and big cars and they ignored me…looking up a bit to shake their heads disapprovingly….Now I see both cases as having nothing to do with me…rather it was a bad idea to have any comic there at all!

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

TTTom Clark:  Lots….opening for Temptations…opening for Rob Palmer but also the gig that got me those gigs opening for a black artist I didn’t know to a mostly black crowd…where the speakers went out but I didn’t know it cause I still had stage monitors…they finally got quiet and laughed a lot…and the promoter thought I had huge balls to just keep going so booked me for those other concerts!….also now my character comedy shows are getting REALLY good crowds!

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

TTTom Clark:  Of mine?  2 tuna fish story  Street joke?  Selling a duck to a deaf guy.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

TTTom Clark:  To keep getting paid to do what I love…till I can’t do it anymore!

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What Happens When You Do Comedy on a Dare? Interview With Recovery Comedian Mike Pace
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Mike Pace has been doing stand-up since he had a mullet, a thrift store suit and a Datsun hatchback. Along the way he's lost the mullet, bought clothes from a real store and the Datsun is still running somewhere in a third world country.  One hundred pounds ago Mike started headlining all over America and he's still going strong.

Mike has had the great fortune to work with the top names in the music industry including Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Charo and the late great Lou Rawls. Michael has also shared the stage with such comedy legends as Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Ellen Degeneres and the late greats Rodney Dangerfield and Sam Kinison.

Mike has been honored to work for the United States Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, Air Force and the Army. He has done corporate events for Anheuser Busch, Coca Cola. Apple, IBM, Nintendo and the NFL. You may have seen him on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm”, HBO's Aspen Comedy Art Festival and as an Emmy Nominee for his work on HBO's "Comic Relief".

He has been seen in commercials for the California Lottery, Anhueser Busch and Coca Cola. Mike has been a talk radio host and an improvisational actor and sketch artist. He is also a well-studied actor about to embark on a new career as a character actor.

Mike has performed stand-up comedy for the last 25 years with audiences instantly bonding to his unique comedy style. Come, see and enjoy an evening with Mike Pace. His act is a series of one minute, one act plays all enhanced by his ability to embody character after character.  He paints mental pictures that will burn in your brain for a life time.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Mike Pace:  I was a good Catholic Boy and class clown.  I was always looking for a laugh, always trying to get out of going to school and church and a good student ‘til I realized it was all B.S.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Mike Pace:  30 Years performing.  I did it kind of on a dare.  They gave me $24 and I’ve been doing it ever since……. the money has not changed.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Mike Pace:  I was sober when I first started.  Then I thought I could do things differently and then I came back.  I was on about a 3 year revolving door until I finally surrendered.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Mike Pace:  I used to do political humor, then I realized the comedy club is the only place to get away from politics.  I look at it as sort of a sanctuary for not getting into that right now.  My comedy doesn’t have a message right now, but I’m working on it.  It must be subliminal.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Mike Pace:  Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Cheech and Chong, The Three Stooges, and The Marx Brothers.  Comedy should take a crap on tradition and BS.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Mike Pace:  Satire gets harder and harder as the world gets more ridiculous.  Reality should not be so ridiculous, but it is now, so it’s not as easy these days.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Mike Pace:  Write down a five word idea on a cocktail napkin or envelope and transfer it to a list.  Get on stage and play with the idea and then record and expand on it as time goes on.  Finally it
goes into an outline on the computer.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Mike Pace:  Alcohol

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Mike Pace:  Yes, very much so.  They know I have no other skills.  Plus it was destiny.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Mike Pace:  It has certainly helped during my divorce and the hard times.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Mike Pace:  Usually en route to a gig or coming home.  Every time on stage is a learning experience.  Rejection and adulation are a mere hour apart.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Mike Pace:  Iraq and Afghanistan for the troops.  To transport them back home and make them forget where they are for an hour.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Mike Pace:  A chief and his son are on a mesa overlooking a valley.  The son asks, “you have so many children.  How do you name all of them?  The chief says, “I come here and wait for something to happen.”  Just then a deer runs by.  “I would call my new son Running Deer”
Suddenly a cloud bursts with lightning.
“I would call my other son Thundercloud….. Why do you ask, Two Dogs Fucking?”

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Mike Pace:  To perform quality comedy and be seen by millions.  To have a sitcom or a cop show and to make lots of $$$ and then open a club and train more people to perform quality comedy.  Then I would do a tour in war zones with a camera crew; a gritty and real film.  I would then build shelters for homeless vets.

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Recovery Comedian Pat Dixon Was Almost Murdered, But He found a Way to Turn His Tragedy into Comedy
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Pat Dixon is a stand-up comedian, journalist and television personality who lives and works in New York City. A victim of violent crime (Dixon was nearly murdered in 2004) he created and hosts "The New York City Crime Report with Pat Dixon." The show incorporates humor and focuses exclusively on court and criminal activity in America's largest and most-storied city.

Pat has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS), “The World Stands Up” (BBC), “Very Funny Live” (TBS) and his own half hour special “Comedy Central Presents: Pat Dixon”. He has also appeared as a correspondent for E! Television, CMT, VH1 and the Fox News program “Red Eye.”

Pat Dixon hasn't had a drink since 2000.

Recovery Comedy: What were you like as a kid?

Pat Dixon:  I was a shy kid, but always looking for a way to get a little joke in. Then when I discovered drugs and alcohol, it solved all that.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Pat Dixon:  I was a big fan of stand up in general from an early age, and it seemed like that absolute coolest thing a person could become. I was a fan of Johnny Carson, but when Letterman emerged, it looked to me like there was a new king of cool.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Pat Dixon:  Yes, I was a major drinker and smoker at first.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Pat Dixon:  My comedy is about laughs. There are many little messages in there, but you'd have to look and almost no one does.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Pat Dixon:  Letterman, Attell, Dangerfield, Woody Allen.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Pat Dixon:  From my dad and brother. My dad had a way of saying things that made people just look at him and blink. Sometimes he phrased honest statements, which could easily have been considered insults, in such a way that they sounded almost like a compliment. I learned a lot from watching him talk to customers in his restaurant.

Also, I take a lot of inspiration from crime stories which I discuss in my podcast. Most people don't recognize the comedic potential in violent crime, but as a journalist (who approaches each story as objectively as possible) it's easy to see the possibilities for humor.

I like to point out the logical inconsistencies and hypocrisies of organizations which claim to be passionate about any particular cause.

And most of all, relationships and the issues they bring out.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Pat Dixon:  Read, write, perform, listen, revise.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Pat Dixon:  Time.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Pat Dixon:  They are mostly neutral. My Dad is happy to see me succeed.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Pat Dixon:  Definitely.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Pat Dixon:  Performing my half hour special for Comedy Central with food poisoning. I was sweating, and was advised to wear an adult diaper by the doctor, which I refused to do.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Pat Dixon:  The next show. I'm gonna kill it.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Pat Dixon:  It involves a man and a woman on an elevator. The man turns to the woman and says "Can I smell your crotch?" The woman says "Certainly not!!!!" the man says "Oh…then it must be your feet."

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Pat Dixon:  A threesome.

To find out more information about Pat Dixon or to book him for your next Recovery Event just click here!

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Do You Think Recovery Comedian Joe List Could Get Kicked Out of Comedy for This Joke?
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Joe List began his comedy career in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000 just weeks after graduating from high school. Since that time List has been featured on Comedy Central's 'Live at Gotham', Fox News ‘Red Eye’, The Artie Lange Show, AXSTV's, Gotham Comedy Live and was also a semi-finalist on NBC's 'Last Comic Standing'. List has also twice been featured at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal as well as the Vancouver Comedy Festival and Oslo Comedy Festival. His album, So Far No Good can be heard regularly on Sirius Radio. List is also the co-host of his own popular weekly podcast, “Tuesdays with Stories” as well as being a regular on Robert Kelly's, “You Know What Dude Podcast”.  List resides in New York City, and when he is not on the road he can be seen regularly at the Comedy Cellar, Carolines on Broadway and Stand-Up New York comedy clubs. List considers himself to be a really nice guy.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Joe List:  As a kid I was very shy. Painfully shy. My parents took me to therapy because I never spoke to anybody, kids, family, teachers, dead people, nobody. Now I get bummed out if I don't get the chance to talk to a whole bunch of strangers every night.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Joe List:  I had wanted to be a stand-up comedian since I was a real little kid. I remember watching VH1's Comedy Spotlight while I ate my cereal before school. It's really all I've ever wanted to do so I just started doing it right after I graduated from high school around 13 years ago.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Joe List:  I actually started doing comedy before I started drinking, so yeah, I was doing comedy well before I got into recovery. I had never had a drink until I was about 6 months into comedy. Then for a couple of years I wouldn't have a drink until after my set. Then for a couple of years I would always have at least a couple before my set. Then I would often see how much I could possibly drink before a set and still perform.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Joe List:  My comedy doesn't really have any deliberate message I don't think, but I certainly hope people are getting something out of it. I'm nervous and horny, I think people get that message quite a bit from my act.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Joe List:  I have a lot of comedy idols. A few of them in no particular order: Larry David, Groucho Marx, Colin Quinn, Gary Gulman, Nick DiPaolo, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Bugs Bunny, Jerry Seinfeld.
Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Joe List:  My inspiration for my material comes from anything that makes me nervous, uncomfortable or horny or all 3....which is most everything by the way.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Joe List:  My joke writing process involves a lot of napping. When something makes me nervous, uncomfortable or horny, I write it down then take a nap. Then I'll try to write it out and come up with as many punchlines as possible for it. Then I'll nap. Then I'll try it onstage and record. Then I'll sleep. Then the next day I'll listen to the set from the night before, then nap then write more. Nap, write, nap write.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Joe List:  My kryptonite is anxiety and also kryptonite.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Joe List:  My family is and has always been very supportive of my career. My parents and extended family have come out to hundreds of shows and are always unbelievably supportive and rarely heckle anymore.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Joe List:  Comedy is a huge part of my healing process. I don't know what I would have done without it. It's hard to imagine what my life would be like if not for comedy. It wouldn't be pretty, I'm sure.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Joe List:  I did a huge showcase show for a bunch of managers and agents one time and had built it up in my head as my big shot and I ended up having one of the worst sets of my life. At the time, that was pretty devastating to me. But looking back now I actually leaned some valuable lessons about comedy as well as life so it wasn't as bad as I thought, but in that moment it was the low point of my comedy career.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Joe List:  It’s hard to pick just one best comedy experience but this past year in sobriety I've had a lot of really great shows that I was completely present for and as a result really enjoyed and appreciated more than I ever had before. So there's a bunch of experiences tied at the top I think.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Joe List:  Well this is embarrassing and I could probably get beat up for saying this but I have to say my favorite joke of all time is: the guy who gets a knock on his door and looks down and sees a snail, he picks up the snail and throws it across his yard as far as he can. Three months later he hears another knock on the door and it's the snail again. The snail looks up and says 'what the hell was that all about?'

Now I think I can get kicked out of comedy for choosing that joke but I really think it's a great joke with some good life lessons in it. Sorry.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Joe List:  My comedy dream is just to keep performing as much and as long as possible. Preferably for people who came out to see me specifically...and also to make more than $16,000 in a year.

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