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Interview with Mike Geeter

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  1. Why did you start doing stand up comedy?

Since I was a kid I was told that I was funny. I was testing jokes with my family. For my 43rd birthday my wife got me classes at Mark Ridley Comedy Castle at Royal Oak, Michigan. I jumped into it and haven’t looked back. I have experiences to share that people can relate to.

  1. What should audience members look for when determining what type of comedy shows to go to?

I suggest for people to research the comic. A lot of the times people go to shows to escape the social media, politics and ills of the world.  Second you are there to laugh. If it’s funny then laugh at it whether you agree with it or not.

  1. Describe a failure that you went through?

My biggest failure is not finishing at Cornell. I really wanted to graduate as I had a friend that graduated there. I really wanted to finish it as it was my goal to finish an ivy league school, but I couldn’t because I had a daughter at such a young age and wanted to raise her. My next goal after I get situated in my career is to finish Cornell so that I can prove to myself that I can do it. One thing about me is that I don’t quit and I keep fighting.

  1. What advice would you give to a person wanting to pursue stand-up comedy to become a headliner?

Write and perform, because just writing isn’t going to get you stage time and just performing is going to keep you stagnant. You have to both write and perform. If you do the same 5 minutes in November that you did in January is still the same 5 minutes then you aren’t advancing. With this method I was featuring in less than 2 years as I got more confidence, performed better and delivered the joke rather then just tell it. My jokes were more complete. People that pursue in this fashion will succeed. I write everyday (Even if it’s a phrase or a word). I use that to build a joke or a set around.

  1. Why should people watch you perform at this Saturday night’s Spill The Beans Comedy Show?

My comedy is universal. Everyone is my crowd, because what I talk about is relatable to people who are 18 or 88. I talk about my kids, being in a large family and I talk about me. The stuff that I talk about is all positive. I poke stuff about people in a playful way. What they realize that what I am telling them is the god’s honest truth. People that see me will enjoy it and there’s no malice. It’s all about love. It’s something that I love to do, love to share. That’s all love. It comes out of my performance.

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Interview with Dougie Almeida

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Dougie Almeida (Jimmy Kimmel & Finalist in World Series of Comedy) is originally from Queens, New York and spent most of his adult life as a corporate presenter for one of the largest financial planning firms in the country. His specialty was taking lifeless insurance presentations and transforming them into works of comic art. In his spare time, he fought as an ISKA Heavyweight Muay Thai Kick boxer, retiring at 10-0 and earning the title “Always Dangerous”. So, what do you get when you cross an inventive corporate executive with a retired kick boxer? A stand-up comedian, of course! Prior to taking the stage, Dougie gauges his audience, reaches into his vault and prepares his onslaught of humor. Once on stage, he delivers blow after blow of hilarity, hitting the audience with punch line after punch line. His wit and stage presence is second to none. One thing is always certain – Dougie Almeida will KNOCK YOU OUT! Dougie Almeida is Always Funny, Always Professional, and yes, Always Dangerous.

1. What got you into stand up comedy?

I always loved it; I was always that witty guy that would say something funny. I remember back in middle school. I walked in with my friend and we had a substitute teacher. You always gotta bust balls with a substitute teacher. We walked in a little late, the teacher said that you guys are a little tardy. I said no I am Dougie and he is Eddie. Everyone in the class cracked up; I was like wow this is good. I was a spokesman for a big insurance company doing presentations in front of hundreds of people. I wouldn’t stick to the script and make people laugh about annuities and life insurance. I figured that was my life calling.

2. You are actually one of the rare comedians in the scene that’s successfully married; what’s your secret to pulling this off?

If you’re gonna do this. If you don’t have a great woman than you need to wait for them to fall of or you need to concentrate on your career. My wife is patient. We’ve been together for 12 years before getting married. The most important thing is that she wants to see me be happy. She’s a great support on that.

3. What advice would you give comics?

Quit, do karaoke. There are enough of us on the scene. Don’t fool yourself anymore. Always be honest with yourself. To know oneself is to know god. If you know what you can do, what you can’t do than own up to it. Don’t be afraid to listen to advice. First thing to do is to be honest with yourself. Second thing is you are doing this because you love to get the happiness from getting the laugh and don’t do it just for the fame or money. You gotta be professional, funny, consistent, dedicated and have thick skin. You gotta be all that and if you aren’t than get a job at Walmart.

4. How did you work your way up to being a headliner?

Continuity; it’s the regular practice of disciplined events. You gotta get on stage 4 to 5 times a week. Keep writing jokes and find a way to be consistent. This concept sounds so simple but people give up. You just need to stick with it. I got this from martial arts. Be professional, funny and cool.

5. What types of food do you enjoy cooking?

I got a wife; you gotta  find a woman Fasil. I can cook and am a great cook but I don’t need to cook as my wife is a great cook. There are things she does better than I do. That’s what she gets to do.

6. Who are you favorite comics to watch locally/nationally?

I don’t have a favorite comic to watch. However, I do appreciate local comics who work real hard and continue working on their craft. As for national comics, I try not to watch too many comics. Don’t want to pick up subliminal idea. However, in the past I loved Rodney Dangerfield, Richard and George Carlin.

7. Why should people check you out at the Spill The Beans Comedy Show?

It’s a fun venue with low ceilings, packed house and I am gonna come up and know you all out. I am going to do new jokes. It’s going to be intimate and I am going to talk about real stuff. I am going to unload it all this Saturday night.

*Follow him on Instagram @dougiedangerous and his website is www.dougiealmeida.com