It’s almost that time again! Obviously, the most wonderful time of the year, Dallas Comedy Festival (DCF) kicks off on Tuesday, March 22. To help you put together your festival schedule, we want to make sure you get to know as many of the fabulous out-of-town acts as possible that will be dropping into Dallas Comedy House.
Let's first get this settled: Yes, I'm friends with Adam. Known him for a while now. More than decade known him. But you know what? I've never seen his stand-up in person. That's a knowing shame. (OK, I'll stop with all the "knows.")
Adam didn't start performing stand-up until he moved to Chicago after he wrote an article about comedy for a local magazine. After that, it was nothing but a slingshot to the stars with appearances on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, Doug Loves Movies, and The Bob & Tom Show...heck, you can read Adam's bio on his website, where you can also watch videos and download his album. In the meantime, let's get to know (sorry) him a little bit more.
You're from the U.K. How does being from another country influence the type of comedy you perform in the U.S.?
I think it's different for everybody, obviously. I guess there's this idea that you notice things that are so ingrained in the native culture of the country that you've moved to that the locals kind of take them for granted. I have a story that might be a little different from other people's. I actually have tended to downplay that but I'm addressing it more onstage. Some people demand that you talk about it. My accent is pretty muddled but there have definitely been instances where I didn't address it and people have yelled out, "Where the hell are you from?" Some people say my style is different but I don't know if that's true.
How did you get involved with Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!?
They tape the bulk of their shows in downtown Chicago, so I guess it's convenient for them to have a local. There was a local guy, a very funny man named Brian Babylon, and he moved on to L.A. so they were looking for a replacement. Some of the producers (including the house producer, Tyler Greene) had seen me skulking around stages in Chicago and I guess they thought I'd be a good fit. What's crazy is: in the early days of my doing comedy, I didn't have a lot of goals for myself but the one thing I thought I might be OK at is that, so, so far so good.
Jason Hensel is a DCH graduate who regularly performs in the troupes The '95 Bulls, .f.a.c.e., and the DCH Book Club. He also has perfect kneecaps.