Chewin’ the Fat
There is a photo that hangs on the wall at Rooftop HQ that depicts this week’s Funny Title Here-ee, Geoff Tate, shirtless with his arms over his head, while an unidentified pair of arms cover his nips.
Geoff Tate, with his immense selection of jokes on the Rooftop of Comedy, has been making employees here laugh since 2006 (according to records on our administration tool). After an appearance at our inaugural Aspen RooftopComedy Festival back in May, and making his television debut on Live at Gotham over this past summer, Geoff has been making the rounds at comedy clubs, slinging jokes and zingers for a living.
Paolo: What was it like performing in Aspen for our Aspen RooftopComedy Festival?
Geoff: It was my first festival experience, so it was the first time I got to hang out with a bunch of comics not normally around each other. It was the most fun weekend of my career.
Paolo: How did you get into comedy?
Geoff: I got a job working at the hotel the Go Bananas comedians stayed at, and I could go to the club for free. I started hanging out there on the weekends and seeing a lot of shows. Then, I saw the open mic on the schedule and tried it out.
Paolo: Who are your comedic influences?
Geoff: Eddie Gossling, Marc Maron, Todd Snider, daytime baseball, lots and lots of church, acid, Kurt Vonnegut
Paolo: What was the absolute worst show you ever had?
Geoff: It was at a bowling alley/sand volleyball complex in Franklin, OH. That night they decided not to have the show inside at the bar. They wanted to have the show outside next to the volleyball area, where games were in session. I did a half hour and no one even noticed. I don’t even think the mic was on.
Paolo: According to your bio you are living the dream of “enjoying a life of sitting around, eating sandwiches, sleeping in and watching TV”, do you think that you dream is something other people should try to aspire to?
Geoff: Absolutely! I hear the economy is in bad shape but my daily schedule hasn’t changed a smidge.
Paolo: What do you have coming up on deck?
Geoff: I’ll be in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Bloomington, IN soon. Check my schedule at www.geofftatecomedy.com
Paolo: And lastly, do you have any last words for your adoring fans?
Geoff: Keep coming to the clubs and, for god’s sake, tell me where I can get a good pizza.