Local Honey

How Do You Pick the Right Show Based Off Name Alone?

Photobomb My co-workers know that I spend a lot of time at Dallas Comedy House watching great comedy. They will ask me, “What show you seeing tonight?” And I will respond by saying Roadside Couch, .f.a.c.e., or Duck Duck Pants. Most people just nod and say, “Cool,” even though those words mean nothing to them but mean everything to me.   

When I encourage them to attend, they usually say, “That sounds fun, which show should I attend?" I will direct them to DallasComedyHouse.com and tell them to pick. That’s when the discussions start in—“Photobomb, do I need to bring a camera” or “Age appropriate, can I bring my kids?”

Which gets me back to the question: How do you pick the right show based off name alone? My advice is always go with a name that intrigues you. The first time I saw the name Franzia appearing on a poster, I knew I had to go. Because I love Fanzia and if I could watch a show with people who obviously share my desire to drink $7 gallon of wine, I am in. Same goes for Local Honey (which I try to purchase all the time), Manick (which took me two years to realize that was a combination of Amanda and Nick), and the 1995 Chicago Bulls. Side note on that one, when I first heard the 1995 Bulls were performing, I went to my closet and broke out my Luc Longley autographed Fosters can with the hope that he would drink the 19-year-old beer with me. Boy was I let down.

Be bold, pick a name, see a show. You will not be let down.

Ghost Watcher is a regular, DCH audience member.

(Image: Jason Hensel)

Bigger, Badder, ImprovMania

I would like to preface this blog post, by stating upfront, that I don’t really know anything about professional wrestling, WrestleMania, WWE/WWF, or any other bits of wrestling-related trivia. Now that that’s off my chest, and I’ve hopefully prevented misguiding any of you fine readers, this post can officially commence. The little I do know about professional wrestling, though, is a few of its more iconic characters, and that in some ways wrestling is a little bit like improv and sketch comedy. What do pro-wrestling, sketch, and improv have in common? It’s that their foundations all lie in storytelling, using clearly defined characters, raised stakes, and heightened emotions. While the best improv or sketch scenes might not be filled with dramatic chair shots and elbow drops (or maybe they are...), what makes those scenes run like a hijinks-filled WWE match is that they probably involve instances where the performers make bold character choices and filter their scene motivations and emotional reactions through their characters.

Because WrestleMania 32 took place in Arlington, Texas, last weekend, and because one of my awesome Ewing teammates made a wrestling themed poster for our show this past week, and also because my Facebook newsfeed in general seemed to have exploded with a bunch of wrestling posts, the topic has been on my mind. So, I thought what better way to combine my love of Dallas Comedy House (DCH) with this sudden inundation of pro-wrestling in the brain space than to determine which iconic pro-wrestlers some of my favorite DCH troupes embody.

If you want me to continue this blog post with my reimagining of DCH troupes as iconic wrestling characters, just gimme a “hell yeah!” (Or don’t because I’m going to do it anyway.)

Trish StrausTrish Stratus is Local Honey

Like the ladies of Local Honey, Trish Stratus is an all-around badass babe. She’s funny, she’s female empowering, and she’s got glutes muscles the size of basketballs that could easily destroy anybody who gets in her way. She’s also Canadian, which means that, like the gals in Local Honey, she’s generally easygoing and polite and would probably be down for nomming on some Tim Hortons.

Dude Love“Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dude Love is Age Appropriate

When two very different individuals come together to perform, sometimes both improv and wrestling magic can be created. Like the somewhat odd, yet endearing, tag-team of Stone Cold and Dude Love, Age Appropriate has just the right balance of fun-loving, party-time spirit and serious performance chops. Together the gents of Age Appropriate come together like yin and yang, kicking comedy butt. Also, lots of object work. Mind-blowing object work, that’s the bottom line, because Age Appropriate said so!

The RockThe Rock is Photobomb

Like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Photobomb, awarded “best troupe” at DCH, is the people’s champ. Charismatic, full of fun catchphrases, and literally the only dude to pull off a complete chains-on-turtleneck-with-a-fanny-pack-on-mom-jeans ensemble, The Rock has won over the hearts and minds of many a WWE fan. With brains, beauty, and custom t-shirts, it’s also easy to see how Photobomb has won over the hearts and minds of DCH fans.

Jericho ShowJeri-Show is David & Terry

Full of quick wit, spontaneity, animated performances, vibrant reactions, and lots of shenanigans, David & Terry are much like the tag team of Chris Jericho and Big Show. When paired in the ring, Jericho and Show just seemed to click. Always supportive and able to deliver some great comedic punches, David & Terry click, too. They’re just a couple of cool dudes who can put on an equally cool show. They’re awesome. DCH has mad love for David & Terry. In some ways, DCH... is...David & Terry!

Hulk HoganHulk Hogan is Cupcake

Just as Hulk Hogan was one of the first wrestlers I ever learned about (and not just because he had a brief VH1 reality show, although that helped), Cupcake was one of the first troupes I watched/learned about at DCH. Hogan is an American classic—a man with a feather boa and a mustache as big and strong as his personality. Cupcake too is full of strong personalities. For both Hulkamania and Cupcakeamania, a central feature involves making and adhering to bold character choices. I've yet to see a Cupcake show where the character choices weren't bold and zesty like evenly coated nacho cheese Doritos. In addition, like the Hulkster, the members of cupcake would probably all look fabulous wearing various shades of red and yellow.

Macho Man Randy Savage“Macho Man” Randy Savage is On-Time Delivery

If I had to sum up “Macho Man” Randy Savage in one word, I would say Slim Jim. If I was allowed to use a few other words in my summarization, I would include charismatic, fun, high energy, consistently entertaining, a not-so-good rap album, and also Slim Jim. Most of these words could easily be applied to a description of DCH troupe On-Time Delivery. On-Time Delivery, like the late great Macho Man, seems to have it all: Brilliant stage presence, unique points of view, beef-stick endorsement abilities, and a sick set of performance skillz. Ohhh yeahhh!

I would keep going, but that’s all the wrestlers and catchphrases I know.

Feel free to post your thoughts, WWE trivia, or your own reimagining’s of DCH troupes as pro-wrestlers in the comments below.

Lauren Levine is currently a Level 4 student at DCH. When she is not trying to come up with witty things for this blog, she is a freelance writer and editor, an amateur photographer, a Zumba-enthusiast, a dog lover, and an 80s movie nerd. In addition, she enjoys all things Muppet-related, the smell after a rainstorm, and people with soft hands.

Troupe Talk: Local Honey

Local Honey At Dallas Comedy House (DCH), we encourage our community to “Laugh Local." Something else we encourage is that, since you’re laughing local, you should probably laugh local at the lovely ladies of Local Honey. And something I personally encourage? Conducting interviews with said lovely ladies of Local Honey while they happen to be at a bachelorette party (and may or may not have just enjoyed an adult beverage). #bestinterviewofmylife

Ladies and gentlemen, the delightfully wonderful, Local Honey.

Name three Dallas local things that you love:

Christie: 1. Dallas Comedy House 2. Uncle Uber's 3. Tommy Lee Brown

Amanda: I like food. So I always like our local food. Also, our local chain restaurants. It's also fun to say, "Oh you don't have that in your city? Must only be in Dallas." Do I sound snobby? I hope so. Because I'm the least snobby about food. Except Doritos.

Nikki: 1.) The Perot 2.) Emporium Pies 3.) Dallas Comedy House

Describe the style of Local Honey's comedy.

Christie: It's an honest, in-depth look at female stereotypes and characters. Amanda: Fast and loose and chill and slow. We are predictably unpredictable. We also bring a lot of honesty to our shows. I like that a lot. Nikki: Our style is simple, we try to put on a universally funny show and we want to have a good time while doing it. There aren’t any gimmicks or theatrics, we just want to make people belly laugh when they watch our show.

What's your favorite thing about performing with these ladies?

Christie: We are all honestly best friends. That makes it so much easier. Amanda: How much we genuinely enjoy each other on and off stage. Regardless of what happens in a show, I know anyone who watches us would agree we have naturally good chemistry with each other. Also, we try to be cognizant of what's going on in the show and who is playing straight and who is playing absurd that night. And we support the fuck out of that. We all have our moments, and we're good at recognizing that with each other. I guess you'd call it women's intuition. Nikki: I love how we warm up. We sit around and complain about our ailments and kvetch about our lives. I, in particular, always have something wrong with me, and Christie and Amanda let me tell them all the gross details. It’s a safe place where we can let it all hang out and we never judge each other.

Most memorable Local Honey show?

Christie: When Nikki did a complete ribbon wand dance to "Fancy," sung by Amanda, acapella. Amanda: Oh gosh. I have the worst show memory. I usually say the last one. But I did really enjoy our last one. Everyone had such absurd moments. But I think the most memorable was the festival a few years ago. We were stuck in some alternate universe Underground Railroad (for soccer moms, or something, I don't know...my memory!) and it was just super fun. It's also after that show we realized Christie should be our third. Nikki: Honestly, there are so many, but I think our most memorable show was at the 2013 Dallas Comedy Festival. We did a scene where we were in an Underground Railroad for PTA refugees and it had all of the elements that make a funny, strange, memorable scene. We were working together in the scene as the characters and were working together as improvisors. It was a cool meld of reality and fantasy. I don’t think I will ever forget that show.

Last time you laughed really, really hard:

Christie: About 15 minutes ago. I was stuck in the middle of Lake Dallas on a one-person paddle board. I was drunk and so was everyone else around me. None of us could paddle back in to the dock. So we just hung out there until we stopped laughing. Amanda: With those girls? At every show. I'm super fortunate I get to play with two people better than me and that they put up with all my B.S. Nikki: The last time I laughed was this morning. I laugh a lot. Ask my improv students. :)

Name something that is definitely better with honey:

Christie: Comedy. And Brie cheese. Amanda: My dog, Honey. When I feed her honey, she's super chill. Nikki: I love putting honey on fried chicken. Great. Now I want to eat fried chicken.

Local Honey performs at the Dallas Comedy House on August 22.

Tori Oman is a Level Five student at DCH. She’s trained and performed with the Second City and iO in L.A. and Chicago. Favorite pastimes include being irrationally competitive at Monopoly, eating an apple in every country she’s traveled to, and being the sole person on this planet that thinks Necco Wafers are a delicious candy choice.

DCF2015: Soft Butter and #SoLong2645

So Long 2645 The last day of the 2015 Dallas Comedy Festival started in the afternoon with some great improv sets from local and national acts and ended with a massive dance party. This was the last festival at the current location, and we were honored to have TJ & Dave perform last on a stage that has seen a lot of talent on it over the last six years.

Bangarang! performed another great set and dropped some truth on us, too.

Here are some photos.

TJ and Dave

Bangarang!

Nikki Gasparo Rose

Last Night

Kyle Austin and Amanda Austin

Dance Party

Please visit this page, this page, and this page for more photos.

Thank you to everyone who attended, worked on, and volunteered for the festival. And just as important, thank you for your support over the last six years. We look forward to many more laughs and dance parties at the new location at 3025 Main Street in Deep Ellum.

Comedy Centerfold: Nikki Gasparo

Each week, or maybe every other week if we're lazy, we'll 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. If you'd like to volunteer to be a centerfold before we come for you, email us and let us know. The only requirement is that we need a full-length, CLOTHED, photo of yourself for, you know, the centerfold part. Nikki GasparoThis week: Nikki Gasparo, who performs with Franzia, Gangs of Recess, and Local Honey. And ask her about "weiner man" the next time you see her.

Hometown?  Las Vegas, Nevada.

Guilty Pleasures? Junk food and reality tv, especially when combined.

Ambitions? To be the first female host on radio 1310 the Ticket.

Best concert? In 8th grade, I saw Fishbone who opened for the Beastie Boys. So bad-ass.

Favorite Book? Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. It spoke to me.

Favorite Movie? Say Anything or Before Sunrise or About Schmidt. The end of About Schmidt is perfect.

Favorite TV Show? The Simpsons.

Pets? At the moment, I have two useless cats but I did have a dog named Walter who stole my heart. He's dead now.

Foods I crave? Cinnamon Pop-Tarts, un-toasted.

People I admire? Veterans.

Dream Role? I think they should do a Broadway musical of Natural Born Killers, because I would play Mallory like a bawss. You know you would pay to see that.

Favorite Song to Sing? "Wiener Man." If you ever run into me, ask me to sing it for you.

Good first date idea? I was told that a gun range is a fun place to take a date.