Monday, March 28th on Charlotte Community Radio, I’ll debut my show Simply aPauling from 9:00pm to 10:00pm. My in-studio guests include Michael Patrick Benning and Keenan Edge, co-founders of the sketch comedy group Handled Poorly. The third co-founder, Paige VanTassell, is shown performing with Michael at NCCAF.
During my first show, we’ll talk about how they came together to start this group and their expectations for their first show, scheduled for 8:00pm on April 1st at Wet Willies.
Michael Patrick Benning got his start in improv comedy at Comedy Sportz in Indianapolis, followed by IMPROVment at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and a brief stint doing improvised musicals with Title TBD! in the same city. He’s been with Charlotte Comedy Theater since late last summer and is coming up on nine years of doing improv. That all said, this is his first sketch group, although he is an avid writer and editor in his free time, and he’s partially terrified. In his not-free time, Michael does computer stuff for bank people at a cool tech consulting firm he’s not going to name. Or kickboxing. Or drinking craft beer. Or using his kickboxing because he drank too much craft beer.
Keenan Edge is a man. He goes to UNCC. He wants to major in English. He’s an actor. He’s working on an indie film called Ringfinger, it’s pretty neat. He does improv. He met Michael and Paige during a sketch workshop at DSI. Now he does sketch with them. Overall, he’s pretty okay, I guess. If you’re into it.
Whether you’re a fan of stand-up, improv or sketch comedy, Charlotte offers it all and Simply aPauling will feature local comedians who will talk about comedy in Charlotte and what brought them to this crazy lifestyle. My goal with this radio show is to encourage people of Charlotte to get behind the growing comedic scene by supporting live comedy here in the Queen City so listen to my first show on Monday.
Paul Pallotta ~ Simply aPauling