a social commentary comic. Dick jokes and dating-is-weird stuff is great, but here, on this CD, I’m going for something a little more laid back. Something more storytelling in its approach, rather than the standard angry white man ranting about something no one is really that upset at. Hopefully, you will enjoy it too.
Joe is a square peg in a round hole sort of guy. He was raised a midwesterner, so he has manners, but he has been living in San Francisco for 20 years, so he thinks he’s better than you. Joe does two things GREAT! He tells stories and he talks to the crowd. Asked how he got into comedy his response was: ” I’ve been a comedian for 20 years now. It was a complete accident that I got into stand-up. A girlfriend had cheated on me. I was devastated. When I was encouraged to talk about my feelings people laughed. I was working at a restaurant and a waiter there was doing stand-up. He suggested I go to an open mic night – I did. Got laughs when I talked about my heartbreak and the rest is history.” Asked if he finds inspiration in other comics, he says,”These days it’s about blazing my own trail rather than emulating those who came before me. It’s weird to say that out loud because it could be confused with arrogance but I feel like after 20 years I’m not looking at other comics for inspiration anymore. I am trying to break into that next creative level and that doesn’t come by looking at others. It comes with looking inside.”
Joe was featured on NPR’s, “Snap Judgement”; has appeared on Comedy
Central’s, “Live at Gotham” ,and on NBC’s, “Last Comic Standing”. He was the
commentator for the Emmy award winning documentary, “A Bridge so Far”; and the
Co-Creator of the critically acclaimed storytelling show, “Previously Secret Information”.
Joe was a winner in both the “San Francisco International Comedy Competition” and the “Seattle Comedy Competition”; and he was Voted “Best Comic” in the 2011 San Francisco Weekly Readers Poll. Joe has performed at every major comedy club in the country, including in Alaska and is a regular on the Bay Area Comedy Scene.