Craig Glazer Shares Weekend Comedy Plans & Chides Kansas City For Blizzard 2014 Reax!!!
TKC NOTE: Right now our pal Craig Glazer offers a bit of perspective on his Kansas City snow adventures and a pretty great story.
‘Workaholics’ Star Erik Griffin
At Stanford & Sons
Stanford & Sons is always trying to balance our headliners between longtime comedy stars and newcomers. This fall Stanford’s’ had an All Star household name lineup that included Chris Kattan, Tom Arnold and Louie Anderson. Stanford’s’ also brought in some of the hip younger stars like Chris Franjola, Kira Soltanovich and TJ Miller. This weekend we are bringing in a young television star, Erik Griffin, from the hot Comedy Central series ‘Workaholics’, about to go into its fifth season. You might have caught Erik on radio this morning or yesterday on Mix 93 or Q104, or possibly you saw him on NBC 41 or KCTV5 this morning. Erik just looks like he’s damn funny.
As Griffin explained to me this morning, it hasn’t been an easy ride to financial success. Before landing a lead role on ‘Workaholics’, Griffin appeared on many other television shows and specials including ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Franklin and Bash’. Erik said, ‘I thought I had made it back in 2008 when I was voted one of the top ten comics in America and was invited to the Montreal ‘Just for Laughs’ Comedy Festival. The entertainment business has changed dramatically, with social media and far less eyeballs watching any specific TV shows. Not only that, the radio audience has also gotten older. I had been in high demand for comedy clubs, colleges and even corporate events but it wasn’t until I got a little bit famous with my TV series when I got to see light at the end of the tunnel. Even having a hit cable TV series like ‘Workaholics’ does not put you on easy street financially overnight. I just got a new contract and am finally being paid well enough to keep up with the Jones’ in Hollywood. Hey, something’s changed, I’m a big guy always trying to lose weight which I talk about in my stand up, out trying to survive on 2000 calories a day only works if the 2000 is in pesos. It’s true, being recognizable helps in so many ways, most especially with the ladies. Either I got better looking or Workaholics is pretty damn popular because my love life has heated up as well.’
Griffin is a comedy maven, he writes for several other shows and his new Comedy Central half hour special is on the air right now. Erik Griffin’s new comedy CD is available now and is called ‘Technical Foul: Part I’. Workaholics is on Wednesday nights on Comedy Central and Eric plays Montez Walker. Trust me, you will be seeing a lot of Erik Griffin not only on Television but in Motion Pictures over the coming years. See him at Stanford & Sons tonight and tomorrow, showtimes are 7:45 pm and 9:45 pm nightly.
Next week is Valentines Week and the Gorgeous April Macie will be at Stanford’s Wednesday through Saturday, you may have caught April this week on her various Showtime specials, one with Snoop Dogg and the other with Paulie Shore. Coming up after April, if you are into the super naughty, Colin Kane, who recently just sold out Madison Square Garden and then Felicity Ward from BBC-TV and then March 7th and 8th the genius of legendary comic and director Bobcat Goldthwait. For tickets go to stanfordscomedyclub.com or call (913)400-7500.
We are all proud to live in Kansas City. Well, that’s until it snows or the thermometer drops below 25, then comes the battle cry, ‘Why the hell do I live in Kansas City?’ Yes, even though most Kansas Citians purchase vehicles that will travel fairly well in light or medium snow, that is unless you are a moron like me who has two cars that are the worst in snow, with racing tires that are only good in warm weather cities. Maybe that’s a message from the universe to me to move to where the sun doesn’t stop shining.
Be that as it may, our city knows that we have four seasons, one of them is winter. We also know that in the winter it gets very cold and from time to time will even get a couple inches of snow…or, as the weathermen like to call it, a ‘wintery mix’. It’s definitely not Miami Beach. Yet everyone in KC is always shocked when the weathermen pound it, snow is coming, snow is coming, snow and sleet and ice, oh my! Kansas City’s reaction to even the possibility of the white stuff (and I mean snow in this case) may be the worst of any city that experiences regular snowfall.
A lady came in to Stanfords last week to look at the club for a corporate event. She told me she had moved here from Denver two years ago. She said, ‘Where I come from, it snows almost every week, we that live in Denver know that, we all own vehicles that will deal with six to twenty inches of snow, we rarely shut down our schools or shut down businesses because of snow. You guys in KC cancel plans, close schools, and shut down businesses any time the weather man mentions there might be a couple inches of snow. What’s that all about?’
She happens to be right. KC’s over-reaction to possible bad weather is off the chain. We had our first legitimate snowstorm this Tuesday. There’s no argument that the streets were very bad and travel was difficult. However, our city was closing schools and businesses Monday for Tuesday without even waiting to see what happened or not. Understand most of the severe weather predicted, especially with snow or ice, often doesn’t happen at all or if it does, it is less than a significant amount. I think by now most of you know how much damage it does to the local economy when the weathermen make spooky and grim predictions about not going out or you could die. Example: While Tuesday was a legitimate snowstorm, it is now Friday, there has been no snow since Tuesday. In the metro, the streets have been for the most part completely cleared or close to it. So today, we are greeted on all radio and television stations with the fact that all schools and some businesses are closed three days after the snow, this due to the street conditions and bitter cold. Weathermen now say it isn’t cold out, but rather, it is DANGEROUSLY cold. As the weather staff has told me personally when I complain about their over the top weather reports, ‘We’re sorry Craig, that’s what we are told to do, as you know people feast on bad news and it is our job to keep ears listening and eyeballs watching.’ They admit it.
CNN reports that continued bad weather on the East Coast has been one of the key reasons that the stock market has dropped well over a thousand points this past week. Like the man said on CNN, people can’t go out and buy cars, homes or enjoy restaurants and entertainment with ten to twenty inches of snow. Understand New York and Chicago have had fifty inches of snow so far this winter. Now that’s some bad weather. Up until Tuesday, we hadn’t had five inches of snow and what we did have melted quickly.
So here’s the deal, if your car has a heater and it’s not snowing like a madman outside, you might want to consider enjoying one of Kansas City’s great restaurants, movie theaters, entertainment venues, or even a comedy club. You’ll find they all have heat and that walk from your car is only a minute or two. Don’t let the weather beat you. Get out and enjoy yourself this weekend.