WVXU: cincinnati’s golden age of comedy

Nice, in-depth article about Plrknib and d.w. eye today at WVXU (in Cincinnati) written by John Kiesewetter, someone who was there at the time and remembers the comics intimately.  This leads into an interview coming up this Sunday night on WVXU with Kiese and fellow eye alum, Michael Flannery.

Mike Flannery came to the eye right when I was heading off to college and just tore the place up.  He went on to become hugely popular, winning Showtime’s funniest comic in Ohio twice, hosting the kids’ show Club 19, anchoring WCPO TV news, and basically becoming the most famous eye personality in Cinti.

Back in the mid-80’s I performed with him at least twice – once in ’85 at Aunt Maudie’s, and once in late ’87 at the Funnybone – where he shredded the place and I died a horrible death.

Flan remains very much on top of his game.  So, it was a real honor doing the VXU interview alongside him.  And…we may be doing some additional performing together in the near future.  Watch this space…

(You can hear the Plrknib interview this Sunday, March 19th at 7p on WVXU’s Around Cincinnati.)

opening night

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I was onstage.  And my heart stopped pounding.  I was simply there. Talking.  Moving.  Trying to be funny.  No sense of self, time, technique.  No sense of anything but the here and now, the lines and the people in front of me.  And I waded through my bits.  At home they had clocked in at three-to-five minutes.  Here, they took twelve.

This is my first stand-up.  If I throw-up it’s part of the act.

 

Back in 1980, I performed stand-up for the first time in Cincinnati at age 16.  It was a pretty good show, until I got banned from the bar for life.  Click here to read more