Local standup comics Christa Weiss, Dana Jay Bein, Ryan Staples, Steve Donovan, and yours truly are hoping to make you giggle ‘til your armpits reek of B.O. The group, dubbed “Boston’s Greatest?,” is performing at Nick’s Comedy Stop on behalf of Heaps of Hope, a classy nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a lifeline to women by easing various burdens associated with cancer.
People are always like, “Ugh, I’m sooo stressed.” Right, working class? Gone are the days when 98 Degrees’ “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” was a fun little ditty to lip-sync to. Currently, humans are forced to sit on computer chairs all day to do things like type memos, click mice, and ingest room-temperature yogurt.
Well cheer up, boo! C’mon, don’t front: you know your sad face is ugly.
Local standup comics Christa Weiss, Dana Jay Bein, Ryan Staples, Steve Donovan, and yours truly are hoping to make you giggle ‘til your armpits reek of B.O. The group, dubbed “Boston’s Greatest?,” is performing at Nick’s Comedy Stop on behalf of Heaps of Hope, a classy nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a lifeline to women by easing various burdens associated with cancer. Let’s discuss.
Most comics are slightly damaged. What are some of your issues?
Steve Donovan: Issues? Growing up the youngest of three boys wasn’t the easiest. I had hand-me-downs up until last Wednesday.
What was your first stand-up gig like?
Ryan Staples: It was very not good. I did a set at 2 o’clock in the afternoon at a reception for my friend’s girlfriend’s photography show in front of 11 people.
I’m pretty sure I talked about fat kids and Rob Schneider. I didn’t stop talking about it for 3 weeks.
Dana Jay Bein: My first show was at a small dive bar called Goodfellaz in Agawam. My understanding of performing stand-up comedy then was to be as offensive as possible. I remember the set being well-received, but I remember also that the set took place in Agawam. My mom had me at 17; I was well-received. Things are different out west.
I actually performed my first set at a coffee house in high school, where I discussed stalking a peer in some bushes. That was awkward. I was also wearing a GAP bubble vest, which made it even more awkward.
Paris Hilton recently signed with Cash Money Records. What do you think this means for music and the world?
RS: I think it means the same thing that Bio-Dome meant for cinema.
SD: Paris Hilton signing with Cash Money Records means the terrorists have won.
You’re the only lady comic in an all-dude lineup. What’s that experience generally like?
Christa Weiss: Speaking as a lady in general, I do feel a little pressure being the only girl on a show.
If I bomb, I feel like I’m bombing for my entire gender, not just as a comic having a bad set.
There are articles, essays, and scientific studies out to prove that women aren’t funny. That’s a thing you have to fight against the second you step on stage, before one word even comes out of your mouth. It’s not easy for either gender, but the approach is entirely different.
Talk about an awkward or unusual thing that has happened to you while doing a comedy show.
DJB: I’ve been heckled by my mom.
I’ve also had to tell her that it probably isn’t a good idea for her to see me perform naked standup.
That’s a strange conversation all-around.
CW: One time I was riding with a couple of comics to a show. The comic who was driving didn’t have a car, so we had to ride with him in his dad’s snow plow. It was July.
How do you combat the age-old scenario of people being like, “Oh, you’re a comic! Please tell us some jokes!”
RS: Why was the boy sad? Because there was a mouse stapled to his face. Oh, and his butt smelled. The end.
SD: “No, thanks.”
“BOSTON’S GREATEST?” BENEFIT FOR HEAPS OF HOPE