This week’s “All Up Ian Your Business” we check out Wonder Comedy, one of the best independently run monthly showcases in the city and arguably, the country. We also catch up with it’s show runner and hilarious comedian, Andrew Michael. Andrew’s comedic style, easy going stories packed full of laughs and decidedly relatable across a broad audience base, sets the tone for Wonder Comedy which has a intensely loyal following that have convened month after month in WonderRoots basement, often in extreme heat or cold to enjoy a well curated selection of Atlanta comedians, plus some the most amazing drop ins and out of town comics around today. This month is no exception with the phenomenally funny Dave Ross headlining the show this Friday. Wonder Comedy recently moved to it’s new location Cabbagetown Community Center while WonderRoots new location construction is completed and the new spot was selected intentionally to keep the show in its Cabbagetown roots.
So check out the interview, then check out the show and tell “All Up Ian ” sent you, but only if they ask.
About The Show
Show Name: WonderComedy
Frequency: Monthly, Next Show This Friday, 3/24/2017
Location: Cabbagetown Community Center
177 Estoria St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
What makes your show different and fun?
WonderComedy is BYOB, and only $5. There’s not a lot of shows, if any that aren’t house shows where you can bring your own booze.
Name drop any “dropins”?
We’ve had folks such as Eddie Pepitone, John Reynolds from “Search Party” and “Stranger Things” do sets. Also folks like Chris Thayer and Dave Ross have been through to headline the show. Dave Ross will be back this month.
What makes a great audience member?
I think a great audience member especially for WonderComedy makes someone who’s stoked to see comedy, someone who is willing to sit and pay attention but also laugh real loud. Also ideally they like malt liquor, preferably a Mickey’s.
Tell us a lie that will entice people to your show.
There is a 100% money back guarantee if you don’t have sex within the next 2 months after attending a WonderComedy.
About The Show Runner
How long have you been doing comedy?
Who are your Current comedic influences?
Currently my favorite folks who I wouldn’t say I am like but they inspire me to do different things are Eddie Pepitone and Jared Logan.
Who were your Childhood comedic influences?
Jeff Foxworthy, Brian Regan, Mitch Hedberg.
If your comedic style was a prize in a claw machine, what would it be and why?
Oh man, I think I would probably be a stuffed basketball (not actual basketball sized)that sits close to the drop box. Not that I’m a basketball fan but a stuffed basketball is usually the perfect size to get grabbed by a claw and it’s round shape gives the most point of contact to be able to properly pick it up. If it’s sitting close to the drop box then there is less likely hood that it will drop and you won’t get the prize.
I think my comedy is like this because I feel like my comedy is pretty easy to get, I try to make it easy for folks to relate to my life and my material tends to not be very divisive. Not that I don’t like comedy that is divisive or risky, it’s just not how I choose to perform.
Why live comedy?
There’s something about seeing it live that’s just different, people can connect with the performer and vice versa. There’s something about sitting in a room full of people who are all laughing together at the same thing. Especially with WonderComedy (in our new location just like the old one) we are in a smaller more intimate setting, low ceilings, it makes it an experience not to be missed.
Ask yourself a question here:
Do you like the new location?
Answer that question here:
Yes I do, I love it, the basement at Wonderroot was amazing, it was home to WonderComedy for almost 4 years but the new location has A/C, more bathrooms, and can fit more people comfortably but it still has that punk rock vibe that I try to portray with the show.
Describe your show in 3 words:
Champagne of Comedy
If your life was a snack mix, what would the mix be?
Ian, you know the answer to this question, It would be Chex Mix Bold Party Mix. Nothing else added or taken away, it’s perfect the way it is.
Best beverage to pair with your show?
Miller High Life all the way. It’s the Champagne of Beers.
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?
Donald Trump dude, over and over and over again.
Favorite Local Comedian.
Up or Down?
“Yes and” is to Improv as _____ is to Stand Up Comedy “
Don’t run the fucking light
No, I meant Celebrity you want to see crushed.
Least favorite trend in social media?
The color block with writing as a profile picture bullshit.
Other than stand up comedy, what makes you laugh?
My friends Joel Starrett and Bren Isbell. They are funnier than any stand up comedian I have ever seen and will ever see.
Complete this statement, ______makes me happy and _______ makes me sad?
Margaritas make me happy and non empathetic people make me sad.
Tell us one last thing that will make everyone love your forever, be specific:
I come from a line of Eagle Scouts. My dad, my older brother, me, and my younger brother. Now that in itself might not make you love me because you may have made fun of scouts growing up but when we go camping while you may be thinking you’re gonna eat hot dogs I whipping up some chicken and broccoli casserole and pineapple upside down cake in dutch ovens. Also I may or may not be a doomsday prepper, I wouldn’t tell you if I was.
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.