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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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