comedy

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Max Bruno

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Max Bruno

Max Bruno is a Brooklyn-based comedian who is part of a group of stand-ups who regularly host and/or perform at the weekly comedy showcase, Live From Outer Space at Cobra Club in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Others include John F. O'Donnell, Amber NelsonErik Bergstrom, and Ben Kronberg. Originally from Ohio, Bruno began his stand-up career in Oklahoma City while part of a teaching program. He eventually decided to pursue stand-up comedy in New York City, and he further contributed to Live From Outer Space by often working the show's soundboard. He now also hosts The Zen Boogie Comedy Show with stand-up comedian Irene Fagan Merrow at The Footlight in the Ridgewood area of Queens. I interviewed Bruno at Cobra Club where he discussed growing up in Ohio, the role of religion and Santa Claus in his comedic and intellectual development, his development and approach as a stand-up, and his creative community in New York City. 

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: John F. O'Donnell

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: John F. O'Donnell

John F. O'Donnell is a Washington, D.C.-based stand-up comedian and political correspondent for Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America. Since acquiring a Congressional Press credential, he has actively covered the U.S. presidential primary debates on location for Redacted Tonight, racking up memorable encounters with Donald Trump supporters, Republican party members like Lindsey GrahamRudolph Giulianni, and Karl Rove, as well as Green Party supporters unhappy that candidate Jill Stein was not part of the debates.

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Sarah J. Halstead

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Sarah J. Halstead

Sarah J. Halstead is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer, and comedian. After more than a decade living in Miami, Florida, working sales for champagne company Laurent-Perrier, she decided in early 2015 to switch jobs and pursue a performance career and drove cross-country to Los Angeles. Halstead had received theatrical training in New York City two decades earlier, and over the past year she has booked both television and theatrical stage roles. Screen credits include turns as schizophrenic murderer Sheila Labarre in Deadly Sins on Investigation Discovery and as wholesome 1950s housewife Jean Carpenter in TV pilot Life in Kodachrome. Stage credits include turns as Kristine Urich in A Chorus Line and as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray. Halstead also makes time to forge a stand-up comedy career, working both open mics and larger comedy venues around Los Angeles.

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Ben Kronberg

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Ben Kronberg

Ben Kronberg is a Brooklyn-based comedian and musician originally from Colorado. In 2013, he had his own Comedy Central Half Hour special, and he has appeared on late-night network shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly while also regularly touring across the country. His habit of referencing a small joke book during sets inspired filmmaker Scott Moran to interview Kronberg for the web series Modern Comedian, for which Kronberg also composed the music using his iPhone and guitar. Kronberg later used his iPhone to create a music album titled Just Songs, which he recently played live at American Beauty Bar NYC as part of a weekly open-mic showcase organized by friend and musician Tim Pourbaix.

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