30th Annual Kearley’s Yearlies Recap

Kearley's Yearlies

30th Annual Kearley’s Yearlies Recap

That’s not a typo, but it might be bad math. Billed as the 30th Annual Kearley’s Yearlies, our records show this to be the third time Phoenix Comedy took center stage for an awards show like no other.

Brian Kearley and Jack Gavin hosted this year’s festivities as House of Comedy played host for the second straight year. From behind the podium (provided by the One Two Three Jokes crew) past winners, Valley favorites and comedy degenerates, dished out the Iconic Golden Lily to deserving winners.

This year’s show kicked off with everyone’s favorite rockers Judas Feast (Bill Laskowski and Matt Walker.) Presenter Kerri Gallagher turned heads as showing up in her wedding dress. Jill Kimmel joined the ceremonies via video as she waited to board a cruise ship, and Honorary Phoenician Big Irish Jay felt honored to be part of the festivities. Other presenters included Joshua Harrison, Celia Contreras, Kristofer Royer, Mike Dapper, Kate Borrell, and Rob Maebe.

Besides seeing Golden Lily’s distributed, those in attendance enjoyed musical numbers from Baby Boy (Tristan Bowling ), Scott Gesser’s “In Memoriam” song, and Young Pino (Nathan Evangelista). Plus, Michael Paul Kohn presented a video showing how Pastor Mike’s life changed since winning a Golden Lily for Best Show last year.

The big winner of the night was Matt Micheletti, who, on top of being a presenter, took home two Golden Lily’s. All categories were voted on by members of the Phoenix comedy community, and the winners include:

Golden Lily
Photo: Matt Micheletti

Best New comic (male) – Bubba McComb
Best New comic (female) – Savannah Hernandez
Best Old comic – Johnny Moss
Best Supporter – Jennifer Fortner and Wendy Singer
Drama llama – Matt Micheletti
Best Open Mic – Hot Mic! (Crescent Ballroom)
The Comic’s Comic – Eric Sobczak
Best Bomb – David Kays
Toughest comic to follow – Tristan Bowling
Most underrated comic – Glendon McGee
Best Show- This Week Sucks, Tonight!

Kearley’s Yearly’s is presented in part by Broken Drift Productions, and Hilary Hudson generously supplied the awards and T-shirts. Other support included the excellent photography of Holly Beaupre and KJ Samora used in the presentions.

Congratulations from Laugh At Me, to all the winners, and we look forward to seeing everyone battle for a 2021 Golden Lily throughout the year.

The Show on KJZZ highlights Phoenix Comedy

The Show (9-11 am Weekdays on KJZZ) kicked off a series of conversations with Arizona-based comedians by sitting down with Michael Turner of  “This Week Sucks Tonight” (Wednesday’s 8p at Stand Up Live) and “Genuwine Comedy” (Twice monthly Tuesdays 7:30 pm at GenuWINE bar.)

Michael discusses how his stage time across the US, and touring with “This Week Sucks Tonight” gives him a different perspective on where Phoneix comedy is.

Michael also talks about what drives him to produce shows in Phoneix.

Here the Michael’s interview with The Show on their website.

KJZZ, the Phoenix NPR affiliate, is a service of Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community Colleges.

2019 Best of Fest – Myles Weber

2019 Best of Fest – Myles Weber

The bio page of mylesweber.com will tell you that Myles Weber is funny, everywhere. That statement held true with his visit to Flagstaff, Arizona for the 5th Annual Big Pine Comedy Festival. Myles added another” Best of Fest” to his resume to go with his Burbank and two San Luis Obispo Comedy Festival awards.

Myles, the winner of the 2015 San Francisco International Comedy Festival, tells honest and animated stories while getting the crowd involved in a fun and entertaining way.

We had a chance to catch up with Myles after the festival.

The Best of Fest mug is a versatile award, are you using it as a coffee mug, pen holder or is it on your “dig me” shelf?

I haven’t used it as a mug yet actually! I’ve just been admiring it from time to time throughout the day. My dog will lay his head on my lap sometimes and I balance it on his head. It looks cool there.

Was this your first Big Pine Festival, and how did you enjoy it?

It was! It was a blast! Everyone was super cool. The comics were super funny so the shows were all great. The industry was great and had a lot of great information for us all. Comedy Festivals are great because they’re like Summer Camp for Comics.

How would you describe your comedy?

My comedy is a lot of stories from my life growing up in a hood little town in Northern California. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot over the past 11 years doing this, so I’ve got a ton of stories and weird thoughts that I’ve compiled over the years that I like to tell depending on what show you come to. My early shows are always real joke heavy and fastpaced. My late shows end up being more crowd interactions and weird stories. I definitely like talking to the audience throughout my shows but I like to keep things positive. People usually are afraid to talk to comedians at shows, so I try to keep things positive and try to find odd ways to build people up rather than tear them down. That way they loosen up and laugh more all night.

You have a 3-episode series on your YouTube channel called Street Comic, a documentary that features you doing stand-up on the streets, with cuts in of you describing the day. Did you see yourself doing it again, and what did you learn about social media content and about your comedy from this experience. 

Street Comic has been a few years in the making now. I thought of it like 4 years ago and my wife was like, “That’s a great idea. I think you need to do this before anyone else jumps on it.” So naturally, I put it off for 2 years. In that time I just kept coming up with excuses for why I couldn’t do it and my wife would just get whatever I was missing and call me on my b.s. “I don’t have an amp.” She got me an amp. “Yeah, but now I gotta get a mic and a cord. And a box.” She got me a mic and a cord and a box. Then at that point, I tried it out without filming a couple of times, then finally jumped at the opportunity to start recording episodes last year. My friend and comic Nick Larson is a great photographer, videographer and editor in Sacramento. He filmed and edited the episodes and really made them into this great story throughout. I definitely am going to do more, I’m just in that excuse stage of getting all the necessary pieces to do it myself. This time I’m taking the initiative though so my wife doesn’t have to. Got a new camera, looking into sound equipment, editing more stuff, etc… I’m going to shorten the episodes down though. Probably to like 2-3 minutes so it’s more digestible for people nowadays. But street performance is really hard. You don’t get a lot of the tools in comedy that you get at a show, so it’s a different type of muscle altogether. You have to just be really funny really fast just to get people to stop. Then you have to get them to stay. Every 5-10 minutes you’ll have an almost completely different crowd than you had before, so you don’t have the luxury of call-backs. You have no security if things go sideways. You can’t be upset if people leave, your jokes need to be in tip-top shape. There’s a lot too it. It’s terrifying, but it makes you a better performer 100%.

You are on the road a lot, what is one of your favorite stories from the road?

It’s hard to pinpoint one story or situation. (There’s plenty I can’t tell here haha) I’ve been doing Stand-up since I was 19, so this is all just normal to me at this point. I’d say I’ve enjoyed all the people I’ve met along the way. I’ve chatted with a lot of interesting crowds from the stage over the years and it has been a wild ride. There have been drunk Irish women heckling, a couple that was having an affair that night, a college kid with his German parents who he had to translate the whole show for, (they would laugh a few seconds delayed to every joke) the meth head who came into a brewery show and talked to me for 30 minutes, the guy who got a DUI on a tractor, the lady who walked onstage with her husband during my set to tell us about Jesus. So you see, it’s hard to pin down just one, but like half of those are up on my Youtube channel. (Shameless plug)

Congrats on the Big Pine Comedy Festival “Best of Fest” award, and I hope we see you come through Phoenix soon!

Thanks! I hope to be coming back to Arizona real soon! It was so much fun there!

Myles performs regularly in Northern California and the Northwest, along with cruise ships and comedy clubs across the country. Get details on his upcoming shows at http://mylesweber.com/calendar, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mylesweberjoker.