This weekly blog series features interviews taking place at the Dallas Comedy House (DCH) open mic with me and some of the funniest stand-up comedians in the area, most of whom just happen to be my best friends! Read to learn about your favorite local funny people and about the curious emotional makeup of people who like to go onstage alone every night to get laughed at.
Silas Courson: The Unbreakable
Silas Courson is a stand-up with a unique backstory—while most of the bearded young rapscallions of Dallas comedy started going to open mics in their early 20s, the salt-and-pepper haired Courson first came to the Dallas Comedy House mic at the ripe old age of 40. His easy smile, lilting, almost Californian cadence and laid-back, friendly attitude make Courson seem much younger. However, the stalwart Courson has actually experienced more than a lifetime's worth of pain and adversity. His strength and tenacity are evidenced in his total devotion to the craft of stand-up. Courson's love of comedy shines onstage and off. I sat down with Courson as he spoke candidly about his life—a story of loss, of survival, of reinvention—and how he applies the lessons he learned to stand-up today. Filmed by the gorgeous Sean Alexander of CREWW media.
Lauren Davis is an improviser and stand-up comedian from Dallas, Texas. Currently a student at the DCH Training Center, she can be seen weekly performing improv with her troupes LYLAS: Girl on Girl Comedy and Please Like Us, as well as doing her stand-up act at clubs around the area.