The 1995 Chicago Bulls

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 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)

Comedy Centerfold: Ryan Goldsberry

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.  Ryan GoldsberryHere's one thing you need to know about Ryan Goldsberry: equation

Another thing you need to know: Despite having the word "gold" in his name, he's not related to the famous Goldschläger cartel or the infamous Goldapps clan. These are mistakes often made about him.

You might also be interested to know that he takes his whiskey neat, he's as smart AF, and he once stole a taco off of Chuck Norris' tray at Taco Bell when he wasn't looking.

Hometown? We moved around a bit when I was younger, but eventually landed in a small town in East Texas called Rusk when I was in elementary school and never left.

Guilty Pleasures? Baths and potato chips. Which, typing the two next to each other makes me wonder why I’ve never eaten potato chips in a bathtub.

Ambitions? Eat better, exercise more, finish writing even a third of the projects I start.

Best Concert? I don’t like live shows very much, honestly, but I’m trying to be less like Larry David so I won’t make this a vehicle for those complaints. One time at Warped Tour I went to see August Burns Red at the end of the day and fell asleep on the lawn in the back. That was kinda fun.

Favorite Book? This question was hard. I think the one I go back to the most is Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. Anytime I read it, I feel inspired to write something, which I guess is a mark of a good book.

Favorite Movie? If I want to be pretentious, Synecdoche, New York is the only movie to make me full-on cry. Watch it twice. I think it’s really moving and it cemented Charlie Kaufman as my favorite screenwriter.

If I don’t, Alien and The Road Warrior are pretty great.

Favorite TV Show? I watch a lot of TV. Please start a conversation with me about a show you really like. Some favorites: Jeopardy!, Fringe, The Simpsons, Adventure Time, The Sopranos, House Hunters, Rick and Morty, Veep, and The X-Files.

Pets? I have a one-eyed cat named Bean. She’s great. I point out that she has one eye not because that’s the trait that defines her, but because I’m superficial and that’s what initially got me to go meet her at the shelter.

Foods I Crave? Popcorn, the nachos from Spiral Diner, salt-and-vinegar chips.

People I Admire? In my personal life: My girlfriend, Kim, for being funnier and better at expressing emotions than me, my parents for being as supportive and hard-working as they are, and every animal I’ve ever met for bringing joy to my life.

Celebrity-wise: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Pendleton Ward, and Tina Fey have all inspired me or impacted how I approach comedy in some way.

Dream Role? I find myself naturally furrowing my brow a lot, so I think I'd be OK in a made-for-TV Wentworth Miller or Michael Shannon biopic.

Favorite Song to Sing? Anything loud, fuzzy, and emotional. "Come Back Home" by Japanther and "Y Control" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs come to mind.

Good First Date Idea? Lay on a couch reading Onion headlines to each other while watching Love It Or List It. If you had fun, you can probably continue dating.

Catch Ryan playing with The 1995 Chicago Bulls, Cell Block Tango, CLR, and Photobomb at the Dallas Comedy House.

Friday, April 1 - Cell Block Tango @ 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7 - The 1995 Chicago Bulls @ 8 p.m. and CLR @ 9 p.m. Friday, April 8 - Photobomb @ 9 p.m. Saturday, April 9 - Cell Block Tango @ 8 p.m. Friday, April 15 - Photobomb @ 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 - Bulls @ 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 - Photobomb @ 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23 - Cell Block Tango @ 9 p.m. Friday, April 29 - Cell Block Tango @ 9 p.m. and Photobomb @ 10 p.m.