TCT: What inspired you to start this comedy night?
JM and DL: We got to the point where we wanted to get out of the open mic scene and perform in front of regular audiences. Starting a showcase somewhere in a non-bar setting seemed ideal. Since Dave wrote comic books for a while, he had a connection to Brainstorm Comics. We just started booking the funniest people we knew and Brainstorm provided the perfect space to create a laid-back environment for both the audience and comics, where we could do the show exactly the way we wanted.
TCT: What has been the most memorable act so far?
JM and DL: We thought it would be really funny for a magician to perform accompanied by a hip-hop hype man. So we paired up an amazing mind-reader named Mark Toland with comedian Darius Kennedy performing as his character ‘Dook Breeze,’ and it created some very special chaos.
TCT: What’s next for the Yeah Buddy Awesome Time Comedy Show?
JM and DL: To continue to provide a positive comedy experience for the city’s best audience and try new and interesting things. For example, the Dook Breeze/Mark Toland mashup was fantastic. We might also try some alternative show formats. Recently, we let comedian Mike Knish take over the show. He made the night into a dream-reality by triggering a trippy video, ambient music, and vocal reverb on-and-off throughout the show. The audience loved it. We would love to keep a solid base of stand-up comedy and braid it with experimentation. As long as it’s fun.
TCT: What is the last movie you would watch?
DL: Jaws. It’s a perfect film and I’ll throw hands to defend that.
TCT: What is your favorite travel destination?
JM: I haven’t been everywhere, but I loved visiting Austin. There were a lot of girls with blue hair and single-occupancy bathrooms.
TCT: What is the most memorable moment of your career?
DL: Hosting the first Yeah Buddy for sure. I’d never felt that way before. Like I kissed the girl at the homecoming.
JM: Yeah, I’ll never forget that night. After the adrenaline wore off, me and Dave hung out in a bar, completely drained, but completely high off the success of the show. It’s still 1000% vivid in my memory.
TCT: How would you describe the Yeah Buddy Awesome Time Comedy Show in 80 characters?
JM and DL: A free BYOB comedy party in a comic book store.
TCT: Dark humor or situational?
JM: Dark humor.
TCT: Monty Python or Saturday Night Live?
DL: Monty Python.
JM: Monty Python.
TCT: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or The Importance of Being Earnest?
DL: Hitchhiker’s Guide.
JM: Hitchhiker’s Guide.
TCT: 007: Sean Connery or Daniel Craig?
DL: Daniel Craig.
JM: Sean Connery.
TCT: Coffee or hot chocolate?
DL: Hot chocolate.
TCT: Laser GPS tracker or night vision goggles?
DL: Night vision goggles.
JM: Night vision goggles. I already have GPS on my phone.