I first encountered Ramsey at an open mic at a grocery store. As weird as that may sound if you don't do comedy to those of us that perform every night it makes perfect sense. I could tell immediately that I was watching a unique voice in the LA comedy scene. Most of the time when I listen to comedy, and I do it for a living, I get bored with what I hear. Many comedians have the same take on the same topics and it gets tiresome. Then someone comes along and you see the art of comedy in a new light.
Ramsey is one of those comedians. His effortless comfort on the stage is apparent from the moment he takes the stage. It's almost as if he was born on a stage, that isn't easy to appear comfortable on stage. The number one fear for the average person is to speak in front a crowd, every now and then you find someone that is at home in front of people.
Ramsey is Muslim and it is a topic he freely discusses in his act, I've heard many of the more famous comedians of Muslim descent over the years and most of the time their take has become standard. After awhile what once was groundbreaking has become blase and predictable. Ramsey has a completely different take and instead of talking about being Muslim in generalities he takes a more personal take. His story will never be confused with the comedians that have come before him. Just like each new generation of American distances themselves with what came before, he tackles topics like dating, losing his keys, and being Muslim but not in a typical way.
If you get a chance to see this comedian live, he plays all over LA, I wouldn't miss his act. You'll never know what you might hear, the only thing you can be sure of is that it will be hilarious.
Comedy has been going through a revolution. The alt scene is now as main stream as the clubs were once thought of being. Many comedians fit into a pattern and when I go certain places I have trouble telling one comedian from another, but there is a mood shift that is growing. A group of raw, real, and hilarious comics that don't quite fit in anywhere. Jeff Carrisalez is one of those voices. His stories are raw, honest, and don't hold back. One minute he might rant about his time in the marines and the next he will rant about adopting a hooker. There is a visceral feeling in every performance and his voice sounds as gruff as the whiskey he drinks.
I've been able to to witness several performances by Jeff and it's like watching a great act before they get big. Talking with him he claims he isn't likable, which depending upon who you are may be true. If you are like me, someone that loves people that don't bullshit and aren't fake than you will recognize this man's talent immediately.
Much like the punk days of the 80's you won't see comics like Jeff at the clubs that often, and he once told me he does certain rooms as a show of force like when he was a marine and they would march through a town just to let the locals know they weren't going anywhere. It doesn't matter that he doesn't get the prime spots at the club, he makes any room he performs in his own with every story he tells.
You won't see this comedy at just any venue, often it takes place in a bar where the drinks and stories equally flow freely.
I am excited about this tour and happy Eddie chose me to work with him on the road. I've seen him destroy rooms with ease and we are taking a DIY approach to touring. This will be one crazy, punk rock, and bad decision induced tour and my life may not be the same ever again. I hope I make it back in one piece or at least I'm missing pieces I don't need.
I can't thank Paul Provenza enough for allowing Jerry Brandt and me to do an interview with him.
In this episode, we talk with the Paul Provenza. We discuss everything from the state of comedy, politics, how humor is different today than it was in the early days of comedy, The Green Room, and Doug Stanhope parties. Be sure to get Paul's book SATIRISTAS on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/pwdchtc
I am so proud to have interviewed Tommy Chong for my old podcast, Drinking Buddies. I used to record it at Long Beach State with my best friend Jerry Brandt and those days were so much fun. It was early in my career so I had less fear about asking for what I want. When we did the interview though, I was nervous. I grew on Cheech and Chong records. His comedy played a major role in my life and made me want to be a comedian. I can't thank him enough for doing the interview. He really made my day and treated me like an equal in comedy. I'm glad I found the audio and I could bring it to you.
I have a new live show called The Drunken Monkey Comedy Show. It will be Tuesday May 2nd 8 PM @ The Lost Property Bar 1704 Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90028. Hollywood and Vine. It will feature the best comedians in LA and great Whiskey. Don't miss it.
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