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The hilarious musician / comedian took some time to answer some questions for us. Read on to learn more about what to expect at his show and to find out where he’ll be spending most of his time while here in Philadelphia.
Be warned, you might not be able to find the place.
And keep an eye out here on the blog and our Twitter account, as we’ll be giving away tickets to both of his shows at the TLA. For information on where to purchase tickets, visit the TLA’s official website.
So you’re hitting Philadelphia on March 13th and 14th! What can fans look forward to at this show?
Hot licks, funky beats, bushy beards and songs about making love to the sweet sounds of Phil Collins.
Is there an opener? What can you tell us about them?
No opener. Just one hundred twenty minutes of me and my friends rocking and/or rolling.
You’ve toured through Philly before. What’s your favorite thing about the city? Any places you’re looking forward to visiting while you’re here for two days?
Just the usual touristy stuff- the Liberty Bell, the Rocky Statue and the Ye Olde Ben Franklin Memorial Brothel.
Speaking of those songs, your new album, Lion, just came out a few months ago. Tell us about some of your favorite bits on there.
I like all the songs on Lion, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. They’re all so brilliant. And by brilliant, I mean fair to middling.
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A few years ago, you had a successful, critically acclaimed run on Broadway. How did you like performing on Broadway in comparison to playing live comedy shows?
Loved it. I did have some bad reviews, though. One guy said I had the stage presence of a turnip. Another said my dancing chops weren’t up to par. Still another compared my voice to that of Jon Bon Jovi. That one hurt the most.
Was your time in The Wedding Singer your first real foray into theater?
No, I’ve been doing musicals my whole life.
Do you see yourself returning to the stage anytime soon? Because seriously, we’d love to see a touring production come through with you in it. Please?
Never say never. But no, never.
Any up and comers you think comedy fans should be aware of?
I don’t really follow the comedy world too closely. I can tell you some musicians I’ve been enjoying lately though. Laura Marling, Tift Merritt, Langhorne Slim, and Patty Griffin. Always Patty Griffin. Plus, Courtney Jaye, who sings on my record and tours with me has a new album coming out soon. I look forward to hearing that.
As a musician, what have you been listening to lately?
Just myself. Can’t get enough.
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