Welcome to Comedy Centerfold, where we feature a Dallas Comedy House performer and get to know him or her a little better by using questions that Playboy centerfolds are usually asked. It's a little-known fact that when Charles Bukowski lived in San Pedro, California, he silently attended stand-up open mics and Wednesday night improv shows. He was intrigued by the low-life tales of comedians struggling to make ends meet and inspired by those that spun a good tale or offered witty retorts. One of those comedians was Connor Posey, whom Bukowski immortalized in his poem, "The Laughing Heart," with these famous last lines: "you are marvelous / the gods wait to delight / in you." Bukowski died and Posey left California for America's new comedy center, Dallas. Today, you can watch him perform stand-up and in the troupes Your Neighbor Karl (Feb. 24) and Coiffelganger (Jan. 27, King of the Mountain show).
Hometown? I grew up in Grapevine, Texas. It's a lovely little town, if you're 50, married, and unconscious.
Guilty Pleasures? I still listen to My Chemical Romance constantly. Actually, you know what...no. That's not a guilty pleasure. I'm proud. I've still got a pair of black, skinny jeans somewhere in my closet. MCR for life!
Ambitions? I've had several false starts on a novel, and I'd love to finish that some day. I record music, and I've always wanted to work with an eccentric, drug-addled singer. I feel like I'd make a good Twiggy Ramirez to the right Marilyn Manson. As far as comedy goes, my only ambition is more stage time. I recently started doing stand-up. I expect to be opening for Louis CK by the end of the year.
Best Concert? That's a tough one. I saw Ministry in May 2015, and it was an incredible show. I've been a fan of the band since I picked up Filth Pig on a whim in a Half Price Books when I was 12. They are the reason I bought a guitar. Seeing Al Jourgensen in action was incredible. He's a dying breed. I'm seeing Lamb of God next month, and I saw them about 10 years ago. They're a very close second.
Favorite Book? Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. It's the darkest comedy I've ever read.
Favorite Movie? The Dark Knight. I've seen it probably 15 times. Hollywood cotton candy.
Favorite TV Show? Brace yourself...The Office. Probably the most commonly adored show in any improv comedy club nationwide.
Pets? All my pets are dead. I've found they're much easier to take care of that way.
Foods I Crave? SALT. UNHEALTHY, HIGH-BLOOD PRESSURE INDUCING LEVELS OF SALT. DANGEROUS, EXPLOSIVE AMOUNTS OF SALT. TABLE SALT. SEA SALT. EPSOM SALT. BATH SALT. I DON'T CARE JUST GIVE ME SALT.
People I Admire? That would be a long list. I'll narrow it down to the two artists who inspired me to actually change my life: George Carlin introduced me to comedy, and Al Jourgensen introduced me to heavy metal.
Dream Role? I like to think I'd make a pretty convincing Ted Bundy.
Favorite Song to Sing? "Satan's Ice Cream Truck" by Strapping Young Lad.
Good First Date Idea? I think the first date is the ideal time to break up with someone. It's just easier that way, because neither party is too attached at that point.
(Image: Allie Trimboli)