This week’s “All Up Ian Your Business” we travel east to Decatur and “Comedy On Draught” at Three Taverns Brewery. The show celebrates it’s one year anniversary this Wednesday and all of that is due to the excellent show production and promotions of it’s show runner Annie Lockwood. Annie is a favorite of both Atlanta audiences and comedians in the city and you will find her on lineups all over. So check out the interview and then check out the show!
What makes your show different and fun?
Comedy on Draught is really unique because I do different themes and formats each month; some months it’s a showcase style show and some months we will have a different format. One of my favorites was “Stand-up vs. Improv” where we had improvisers from Highwire do a scene and 3 stand up comics do their sets as usual, then we had them all flip! So improvisers had to try doing stand up and the stand up comics had to do improv. It was really fun and something people hadn’t seen before.
Name drop any “dropins”?
Many of the comics who have been on Comedy on Draught have made appearances on Vice’s “Flophouse”, “America’s Got Talent”, “Hidden America”, Comedy Central’s “Kevin Hart’s Hart of the City”, and the list goes on!
What makes a great audience member?
A great audience member comes to the show open and ready to drink amazing Three Taverns beer and laugh until their stomach hurts. We have a lot of people who come back every month because they don’t want to miss out, definitely great audience members!
Tell us a lie that will entice people to your show.
I will eat 45 corndogs. But I will eat at least one from the Pallookaville Corndog Wagon that will be at the show!
About The Show runner
Name: Annie Lockwood
How long have you been doing comedy?
Who are your Current comedic influences?
It’s a really hard question because I like different comics for different reasons. For example, I really like Jen Kirkman’s storytelling. I really liked most of Ali Wong’s Baby Cobra special. But, I can’t say someone could watch my set and see or hear them.
Who were your Childhood comedic influences?
Gonzo (The Muppets), Dot (The Animaniacs), and Alfred E. Neuman (Mad Magazine)
If your comedic style were a chicken, what flavor would it be and why?
Buffalo! Because it’s spicy and great with beer!
Why live comedy?
Live comedy is a unique kind of escape from reality. Unlike stand up specials on Netflix, live comedy allows the audience to have a human connection with a performer with little distraction. There’s an unexplainable magic of being in the crowd and all laughing in unison at a comic who worked hard to get that moment to hit just right.
Ask yourself a question here:
What made you want to start a brewery show?
Answer that question here:
There are a few brewery comedy shows in Atlanta but I wanted to offer something unique, by having different themes and formats. I love Three Taverns beer a lot. It makes it really easy to do a show somewhere when the people who work there are incredibly kind and the beer is so good. It’s really fun getting to run a show in an environment that previously hadn’t had comedy.
Describe your show in 3 words: relaxed, fun, and delightful
If you were a Real Housewife, what city’s cast would you want to join and what would your tagline be?
I would absolutely want to be in NYC, those women are so brash and so funny.
My tagline would be, “I’m spicy like buffalo wings but don’t expect to see my bones in the gutter.”
Best beverage to pair with your show?
Three Tavern’s Night on Ponce IPA or Rapturous (a killer raspberry sour)
If you farted into a wormhole and it connected to the face of any person in all of time space, who would you want to smell your fart?
OH! I think I would want Vlad the Impaler to smell my gas.
Favorite Local Comedian.
Flat or Drummette?
I’m a flat gal!
“Yes and” is to Improv as _____ is to Stand Up Comedy “
No, I meant Celebrity you want to see crushed.
Zach Hanson (from Hanson)
Least favorite trend in social media?
Other than stand up comedy, what makes you laugh?
Horrible bakery cakes, cakewrecks.com will make me laugh so hard.
Complete this statement : When times get tough___
I always make a check list!
Tell us one last thing that will make everyone love your forever, be specific:
I used to have a pet hedgehog named Ralph! He was previously owned by a dumb guy that singed his quills with a lighter. He was really scared of men so it took a while before he was comfortable around my male friends and family. He loved cuddling with me on the couch and playing with paper towel tubes!
That’s it for this weeks “All Up Ian Your Business”, thanks for reading and supporting Atlanta Comedy. Check out all of ATLtoDO for the best fun, funky and sometimes free stuff to do inside the fruit loop (We used to call the perimeter the fruit loop). I’m hosting BackStory at Relapse every Thursday in March, doors 7:30, show 8pm. It’s a comedic story telling and conversation show where I interview comics as they tell funny, weird and sometimes incriminating stories on stage in an hour and is always free AF. Just get out and go see some live comedy. You deserve it.
Author: Ian Aber
Ian Aber is a writer and stand up comedian out of Atlanta Georgia, His comedic style mixes stand up and fast paced story telling, drawing the audience into his outsider view of the world. Smart. Engaging. Energetic and Sweaty are all words used to describe him. Ian is one of the producers of Date Night, every second Tuesday at Argosy, Teen Dream: A High School Themed Variety Show, Back Story : Comedic Storytelling and Conversation every Thursday at Relapse Theatre at 8pm and Surrogates : You Tell The Jokes & The Comedian Pulls The Strings monthly at Relapse Theatre.