This larger than life performer has already had a top ten bestselling album on iTunes, has been featured on the Bob and Tom Show (Radio/TV), XM Radio, WGN, and The CW. After winning the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2012, Michael Malone embarked on his “Even Fish Have Fathers” cross country comedy tour with one goal in mind – a new, very personal hour of material. The tour combined all elements of Malone’s success: his energy, character driven comedy and hard-hitting punchlines. He used the tour to explore the animated characters that raised him following the death of his father when he was twelve years old. He captured the kooky antics of being raised by a single mom, his “Grampire,” and 200 year old stepfather, Wayne.
The following January, however, Michael’s stepfather unexpectedly passed away and brought the tour to a halt. Less than a week after the funeral, Malone was on stage again, but this time the energy was different. He became more honest and raw as he explored his grief with humor and worked to honor Wayne’s memory on a nightly basis. Suddenly he was tapping into what he’d been chasing for eleven years on the road: honesty and true connection with the audience.
Opening up on stage in this new way earned him additional accolades such as Campus Activities Magazine’s “Top Comedy Performer of 2013” and “Hot Comic to Watch in 2013.” He also landed showcases and pitch meetings with MTV, Comedy Central, and of course, his recording contract with Uproar Records.
“My idols include Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks. They both embody the authenticity,” said Malone. “I really admire Hicks and the way he was able to talk so honestly about his family and his misery without missing the joke in all of it. It’s really exciting to bring this to the stage. I feel like this is my most honest hour yet, and the material is full of my struggles with life’s challenges that everyone can relate to,” said Malone.
Malone is best known for two things: his “rubber face” and his relentless tour schedule. Combined with his blistering humor and irreverent views on life, love and personal tragedy Michael Malone is truly a force to be reckoned with in the comedy world.
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Stand up Tuesdays: Michael Malone
By: Angela Frissore AXS Contributor Mar 10, 2015
Comedian Michael Malone is three-for-three as his third comedy album, “Thirty One”, was released today via Uproar Comedy, proving that his brand of high-energy comedy is no one-trick-pony. Recorded at the Joke Joint Comedy Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, “Thirty One” explores the trials of aging, death, awkward life moments and personal vices.
Malone is delightful to listen to, as he fluidly takes his audience through personal stories perfectly intertwined with clever one-liners and secondary jokes. Despite “Thirty One” being an audio recording, it is clearly obvious that Malone brings a great amount of theatrical talent to the stage which compliments his off-beat sense of humor in a seamless fashion. His stage presence is well-balanced: he’s not too over the top so that one could risk getting lost in the joke, but he’s surely not running the risk of losing anyone’s attention. Malone is as engaging as perfectly-choreographed ballet (though perhaps an Irish step-dance is more his speed); once he takes the stage, he commands his audience’s attention throughout his performance.
Many comedians talk about the differences between men and women, but Malone breaks it down perfectly with this advice: men simply need validation. And lots of it.
“You want to keep you man happy, you want to keep your man loyal,” Malone advises, “just validate him every once in awhile. Every once in awhile, just around the house, just go, ‘Hey babe…nice dick.’”
Malone perfectly combines observational humor with self-deprecation, which affords him many comedic opportunities: he can joke about his dead father and being a fat kid, talk about awkward teenage moments getting cock-blocked by his mother, and at the same time, completely go off on the organic/vegan trend and its followers and not look like a jerk whatsoever.
Malone has earned praise from critics and gained numerous comedic accolades, including being named Campus Activities Magazine’s Top Comedy Performer of 2013 and winning the prestigious 33rd Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2012. He has been featured on the “Bob and Tom Show” on both Radio and TV, made appearances on WGN TV, National Lampoon’s Operation Comedy Tour, NBC TV, XM Sirius Satellite radio and the CW. He is currently touring nationally and can be seen on stage at a comedy club near you (well, hopefully near you). To see when Malone is coming to your town, check out his website for his tour schedule.
“Thirty One” by comedian Michael Malone is available now on iTunes and is definitely a must-have for and stand up comedy fan.