Craig Talks Ian Karmel
TKC NOTE: A note about weekend plans . . .
Chelsea Lately New Hot Guy
Ian Karmel At Stanford and Sons
Ian Karmel has only been doing stand-up for five years. Most comics that start hitting the big time have been doing stand-up for 8 to 10 years at least. Ian moved to LA less than a year ago from Portland, Oregon. Karmel had been on the TV series ‘Portlandia’ which takes place in his home town, after just a few months in Los Angeles, he was discovered by Chelsea Handler. Chelsea not only put him on the show each night, making him the hot new guy. The heavyset, charismatic Ian was not only put on her show as a regular but Chelsea hired him to be her new writer on the show. Karmel went from nowhere to everywhere.
Last week, Chelsea joked about Ian being in Kansas City at Stanford and Sons for this week. Khloe Kardashian was a guest host of Chelsea Lately and she thought he was the funniest guy on the show and also mentioned his appearance here on the air. Karmel hit the trifecta when last week he appeared on ‘Conan’ and O’Brien introduced him as follows, “making his first appearance on our show is Ian Karmel from ‘Chelsea Lately’, you will see him next week in Kansas City at Stanford & Sons.” All this heat got Karmel on KCTV-5, Fox 4, and KSHB TV 41 over the last two days for local interviews as a way to introduce this massively funny guy to local audiences. He even did several morning radio shows including 610 sports. They all loved him.
Karmel talks about his large size, which he attributes to too much fast food and delivers some funny stories about Taco Bell and Jack in the Box which he performed on ‘Conan’. Karmel also talks about how tough it is to have relationships with women when you are a big guy like him. One of the more interesting pieces he does is his ‘One Night Out with Khloe Kardashian’ and his explanation of the Kardashian butt. Ian is clearly an outstanding talent and will make his way to theaters soon ala Jim Jeffries. Another great reason to come out this weekend is to see his co-star, Mike Smith, one of the stronger area talents KC has produced in the last ten years. Mike has been on BET and Comedy Central. Sunday at 7 pm there is a special comedy extravaganza starring Laurie Fank (filming her first Comedy DVD) and Dean Boese (from ‘CSI’ and ‘That ‘70’s Show’).
Next week, one of KC’s favorites, former-American Idol host, Brian Dunkleman who has also appeared on ‘Celebrity Fit Club’ and ‘My Name is Earl’ will make his appearance at the club. April 10th through the 12th, one of the most talented stand-ups of our time, the star of TV series including ‘The Mind of Mencia’ and films like ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ with Ben Stiller, Carlos Mencia will be here. For tickets and more information about any of these shows call (913)400-7500 or visit Stanford’s on-line at stanfordscomedyclub.com.