Monday, May 23, 2011

What happens when comedy goes to the dogs?

Pacino needs a foster home
The Stardome is teaming up with Peace, Love and Dog Paws Rescue for "Come, Sit, Stay, Laugh" comedy show!  Bringing a night of laughter with Comedians Mickey Dean, Dino Posey and Joy the "Queen of Clean". The show will be at the Stardome Comedy Club on June 14th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 each and you can buy online here

Barney was adopted into a happy home
Peace Love & Dog Paws Rescue, Inc. is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, dog rescue organization.  They are comprised of volunteers who have a love for dogs and a passion to help save their lives.  The organization depends on volunteers’ commitment to rescue dogs and help pave a path to their new life.

Peace Love & Dog Paws Rescue, Inc. believes that it their moral responsibility to rescue, protect, and improve the lives of abused, neglected, and homeless dogs of all breeds. Pledging to be the voice for those dogs that cannot speak and be their saving grace when all hope has been lost. The goals of the organization are to promote kindness to animals through education and by example, encourage responsible pet ownership, support spay/neuter of dogs to help control the pet population. Believing in building strong alliances with fellow, reputable rescues, and rescuers, so that that they can work together in the relentless fight to save lives… one dog at a time

Learn more about this great organization at

Monday, May 16, 2011

If you're Korean American and raised in Nashville... you can't help but be funny!!

Cho, who is of Korean American descent, was raised in Knoxville and went into stand-up comedy in 1986. He attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1989 to pursue his career, but always with the intent of returning to his roots in Tennessee.

Cho often uses his childhood experiences as an Asian American in the South in his comedy. "I'm an Asian with a Southern accent," remarks Cho, "To a lot of people, that right there is funny." 

From the start of his career, Henry Cho was determined to be more than just an Asian comic. "I wanted to be a comic--period," he asserts. And to that end, he has developed routines that work as well at the dinner table as they do at comedy clubs. 
Cho got into comedy on a whim. One Monday night in 1986, he signed up for an "open mic" competition that was being taped in Knoxville for a Showtime special. "I watched the first five guys go up," he recalls, "and then I told my buddies, 'I'm gonna go up, try not to embarrass myself, and then we're out of here.' But I just destroyed the crowd. I got a standing ovation."
When Cho walked off the stage, the owner of the Funny Bone Comedy Clubs offered him a spot hosting the show for the rest of that week. By Friday, he had decided to drop out of college. A few months later, he was booked for his first nationwide tour, a six-week baptism by fire. "I've been doing it ever since," he says.
"My stand-up has always been a direct reflection of my life," Cho explains. "When I was single, I talked about single stuff. I talked about dating. When I got married, there were only a handful of stories I could move over to where I wasn't going to be disrespectful to my wife. So I developed a new routine." It was a comic windfall that his wife's family lives in Arab, Alabama. And now Cho and his wife have three kids to add stories to the mix.  
Cho at Addison Improv 
Henry’s TV and film credits include appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s The Late, Late, Show, and NBC’s Young Comedians Special. He served two years as host of NBC’s Friday Night Videos and had many guest roles on various network sitcoms. 

Henry’s one hour Comedy Central Special, “What’s That Clickin Noise?” is currently running and he can also be heard on Sirrus, XM and Blue Collar Radio.

Some of Henry’s film credits include Universal’s McHale’s Navy with Tom Arnold and David Allen Greer; Say It Isn’t So with Heather Graham and Sally Field; and Material Girls with Hilary Duff and Angelica Houston produced by Madonna.

Henry was the keynote entertainer for The 59th Annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner attended by the Bush Administration and has worked extensively with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood and many others. Henry’s clean comedy is so versatile that he can headline Vegas and then tour with Michael W. Smith in the same month.

Most recently Henry has inked a deal with CBS and Paramount Studios to co-create, write, co-produce with Craig Ferguson and star in his own sitcom.

Henry donated proceeds from his May performances in Opelika and Florence to the Alabama Tornado Relief.  That makes him not only a stand-up comedian, but a stand up guy as well.

 Henry Cho on The Late Late with Craig Ferguson



Monday, May 9, 2011

Stardome welcomes Birmingham's mega-talent, Roy Wood Jr.!

Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of 12 comics to watch in 2009, Roy has been featured on the new season of CBS’ The Late Show  with David Letterman, HBO’s DEF Comedy Jam, TV One’s ‘The Funny Spot with Tony Rock’,  BBC’s The World Stands Up-London, CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central’s Bob & Tom Comedy Tour. He’s also showcased at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival and is a regular guest on the E! Network’s ‘Chelsea Lately’.

Hailing from Birmingham, AL, Roy’s creative writing and dedicated work ethic has since earned him the right to perform his comedy in front of millions of people coast to coast.
The Montreal Gazette called Roy’s 2006 festival performance on the ‘New Faces’ show “tremendous” and the Hollywood Reporter called Roy a “standout”. Roy has also appeared on ‘Comedy Central’s Premium Blend’, BET’s Comic View, CBS’ Star Search (2003) where he made it to the semi-finals, ‘It’s Showtime at the Apollo’ and ‘Live in Hollywood with Kiki Sheppard’.
Steering clear of predictable topics and premises, Roy delivers comedy that gives an honest look at not only his life, but the world in which we live. The universal appeal of his comedy crosses all race and cultural lines which is why he has opened for an array of comedians ranging from D.L. Hughley, Ron White, Monique, Tommy Davidson, Bill Engvall and Katt Williams.
A two-time nominee for APCA’s title of ‘Comedian of the Year’ Roy works numerous college and university appearances into his schedule every year as well.
Roy has also carved a niche for himself in the world of radio. Until late 2006 he was head writer and producer of the Buckwilde Morning Show WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ– Birmingham, AL.  He is also a regular guest on the ‘Bob & Tom Radio Show’, a syndicated morning show heard by more than six million people every morning. His hilarious prank phone calls are also carried in almost 50 different radio markets including stations in Canada and England.
In addition to terrestrial radio, his prank calls are a main stay on Jaime Foxx’s ‘Foxxhole Station’ on SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
Roy Wood Jr. on David Letterman

These same prank calls have been compiled into three nationally released CD’s. 2003′s ‘MY MOMMA MADE ME WEAR THIS’ , 2005′s ‘CONFESSIONS OF A HIGH SCHOOL BENCH WARMER’ and his newest CD, “I’LL SLAP YOU TO SLEEP”. 

MAY 27-29th, 2011!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Are you the next big thing in comedy?

Do family and friends often tell you that you’re so funny that you should be a stand-up comedian? Do you enjoy the rush of being up on stage?  If you answered yes to both of these questions then we are looking for you!

Aerojeff hosting a recent
Open Mic Night at the Stardome
Sign up for Comedy Club Stardome’s Open Mic Night and put your funny where your mouth is!  Who knows, after your 5 minutes at the mic, you might be the next big thing (or not)!  You can bring your family and friends out to cheer you on, tickets are cheap (just $5 bucks). If it turns out that you are only funny to your family then at least they will be there to laugh and cheer… and you won’t have to hear the dreaded and imaginary cricket noise.

Jacob, a semi-finalist.
The Comedy Club’s Open Mic Night is held twice a month at the Stardome within the intimacy of our Broadway Room.  With a maximum capacity of 70 people, it’s the perfect place to test your funny without hyperventilating with stage fright! To participate, you will need 5-7 minutes of clean, original material. For those of you whose material was once clean and has since taken a more risque road (you know who you are), scrub it clean or you may be subject to the “barb list” which is unfunny and uncool.

Open Mic Night is a competition and a judge in the audience will choose the best performers of the night based on stage presence, audience connection and response. The semi-finalists will then compete at the Open Mic Finale Show with the final winner receiving the awesome opportunity to perform up to 10 minutes on the Main Stage (who knows who you might be opening for)!!
Charles Williams, a recent winner
who is moving on to the next level.
Ok, funny people! Sign up online at the Comedy Club Stardome’s website or by calling the Open Mic Coordinator, Marketing Assistant, and himself a Stand-up Comedian of 8 years, Spencer Morton at (205) 948-0008. 

Who knows? You could soon join the ranks of Sinbad, Matt Davis, Mickey Dean, and Henry Welch…all stars who got their big break at the Comedy Club Stardome’s Open Mic Night... and you could be next!  It takes all kinds of humor to make the world go around, or at least to make it funny!  Your funny bone could be the one… and unlike gymnastics, it’s never too late to be funny!

Written by: Summer Park