Welcome to the Gas. If you enjoy your comedy like a second-day stubble, this local showcase is for you, but you already know that. Curated by the crew at Anderson Comedy at Great Scott in Allston, this dive-bar giggle shit has been an amazing way to piss your pants laughing long before you’re shit-faced since forever.
Enter three dudes on tour, Kenny DeForest, Will Miles and Clark Jones, via Comedy at the Knitting Factory, rolling into town and ripping you a new asshole this Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, and you don’t even want to shave all week. Oh yeah, these guys are really fucking funny. So we talked to them.
Dig to Miles: Why aren’t you opening up for Snoop and Wiz on the High Road Tour? Your shit is hilarious, and you smoke weed. Did your agent fuck up or something? That sucks.
Miles: One of my goals would be to open up for Snoop and Wiz. I’ve been working on it for years. Sometimes I think I just want to be the funny comedian with a rapper in a movie one day. I’d love to be in the movie where Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West finally make amends and have to go [on] an adventure together. I’ll even write it. I keep asking my agent to set me up on a smoke session with Wiz and Snoop, but then I remember you can’t text an office number. But seriously, I’d love to do an Up In Smoke-like tour for comedy.
Dig to Jones: A lot of people have said that you’re incredibly funny live, but not everyone agrees. Does it matter? And if so, tell us the funniest joke you know right now.
Jones: I still think comedy will help me get back at my happily married, salaried, well-adjusted exes. A nigga can dream.
Dig to DeForest: You were named the “Favorite Newcomer 2010” by comedyofchicago.com in your hometown of Chicago. Why do we give a shit and by the way, I think everyone already knew you were gay, just saying!
DeForest: Ok, two things: (1) A very funny comedian named Danny Kallas in Chicago wrote that list at the end of my first year in Chicago (I’m from Missouri), and it meant a lot to me. You found my first “credit” and I tip my cap to you for it. (2) The primary thing that makes me jealous of gay men is that when you call a gay man gay, it doesn’t reduce him to being a blubbering 12-year-old idiot version of himself going, “nuh-uhhhh.” I truly hope no gay readers are offended. I promise I’m an ally. I’m basically a male Kathy Griffin.
Dig to Jones: If you could see any other comedian live that’s currently touring today, who would it be and why?
Jones: Nobody. I would want to see a Richard Pryor hologram, but with new material. I want to see hologram Richard go through bombing and dealing with live hecklers, reconsider the whole comedy thing, then deliver one of the best Netflix comedy specials of all time. #itsaprocess
Dig to Miles: How much do Kenny and Clark pay you to travel and do shows with them? This is off the record, of course.
Miles: We work on a strict budget of weed and tacos, and I work best when I have some waiting for me right after my set. It’s a pretty standard contract that was worked out at 4 am at a bar. But obviously all of this is off the record.
Dig to DeForest: I saw you on cable a few years ago, and you stood out for being genuine. Is it your delivery, background, a guilty complex, or what? Where does it come from?
DeForest: I’m like an urban Larry the Cable Guy. I’m very grounded that way. That’s also why you saw me on cable. I’m your actual cable guy. I recorded a set and then played it for you on closed-circuit television, and now you think I’ve done stand-up on cable! Got ’eeeeem done! (Urban Larry the Cable Guys’s catchphrase.)
[Ed. note: I was clearly high. I actually saw you perform on one of those TV Taxi channels.]
Dig to Jones: Tell me about your dad? One of the funniest bits I saw on YouTube included your old man. Was he an influence comedically? How did he play a role in your stand-up today, if he did?
Jones: You know the daddy from Moesha? Or maybe say the daddy from Smart Guy? Just the most consistent of Black dudes, great style, perfect haircuts. That’s Harry Jones. I love him like Chance the rapper loves his father. He won’t be on my mixtape, though.
Dig to Miles: What’s your least favorite part about being on the road, besides hookers?
Miles: Sometimes the late-night food options are the worst part of being on the road. I love Boston, because I know a lot of the late-night spots, and my girlfriend’s family lives there, so I can bother them for food if it gets too late. But yeah, some towns don’t even have a late-night diner option, and I’m forced to just eat chips at a gas station after a show.
Dig to DeForest: Did you know that Karen Carpenter got her start as a comedian? I know, right! Send us off with your best Karen Carpenter joke and tell us why even skinny people will laugh.
DeForest: My best Karen Carpenter joke: Karen Carpenter once said that if she had a hammer, she’d hammer in the morning. She’d hammer in the evening. All over this land. Well, I can relate to that, because I’ve always said that same thing about weed. (I’m pretty sure the hammer song is a Carpenters song, but I’m too high to google it.)
ANDERSON COMEDY PRESENTS COMEDY AT THE KNITTING FACTORY. 5.27 & 5.28. GREAT SCOTT. 1222 COMM. AVE., BOSTON. 7PM/18+/$12. GREATSCOTTBOSTON.COM