What Do You Know About Comedy in the Midwest? (Part II)

with Tony Deardorff and Chris Bowers, Owners of Morty's Comedy Joint

Indiana General Interest

What do you know about comedy in the Midwest? It is a portion of the country that gave rise to comedians like Jim Gaffigan, Louie Anderson, John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress and more. The humor you come across in clubs across the midwest is very different from the humor you hear out of Los Angeles or New York; it’s all based on experience and culture. Owners at Morty’s Comedy Joint, Tony Deardorff and Chris Bowers, are back to highlight “the state of comedy in the Midwest” and provide clear examples of what to expect at clubs across the country. Don’t miss Part I here What Do You Know About Comedy in the Midwest?

Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part II of II.

Read a partial transcript of the interview here:

Bennett: Paste Magazine actually had an article back in 2016. Midwesterners, are they funny?

Bowers: Oh yea. Anybody can be funny or unfunny. I’ve heard: o be on TV you have to make people in New York and LA laugh; to stay on TV you have to make people in the Midwest laugh. It’s definitely a different sensibility.

Bennett: Is there really a difference in comedy from one city to the next?

Bowers: There are specific things. New York comedy is more dour. The Midwest isn’t as diverse or at least not as apparently diverse.

Deardorff: I think a lot of comedy comes from your life experience. It does change the context of the jokes. The joke itself may be the same, but the experience of it changes the way it is written.

Bowers: Especially in politics. In LA, they didn’t see Trump winning at all. Here in the Midwest, I was surprised but not surprised…I saw signs in people’s yards.

Bennett: What’s the perception if you go to LA. When they find out your a Hoosier comedian, do they take you seriously?

Bowers: Comics just care about if you are funny.

Bennett: If you are very successful here, do most want to move onto to New York, LA or Chicago.

Bowers: We all want to be famous in comedy. It’s like the Major League Baseball…you can be the best Triple A player ever but until you go onto the big leagues…how do you know you’re really the best.