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Ask a Comic – Grant Lyon

Tomorrow…or today, depending on whenever you read this, RooftopComedy’s Nation College Comedy Competition is rolling in to the UC Santa Cruz campus. To kick off this event, RooftopComedy is blogging with Bay Area comic and UCSC Alum, Grant Lyon.

If you enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal, then this is right up your alley, so bust out the Pellegrino.

Sabrina: If you were a sock, what kind of cut (crew, ankle, tube, etc) would you be? Why?
Grant: I would be an ankle sock because they are like the ninja of socks. They hide below the surface waited to pounce on unsuspecting critics. “Why aren’t you wearing socks?” “Haha, surprise, I’m down here!” Ankle socks are like little cotton ninjas that fight foot sweat and bad odor.

Sabrina: Can you grant us a few words (pun intended) about your chronicles with the comedy scene at UC Santa Cruz?
Grant: Yes, I can grant you a few words, and I won’t be Lyin’ (ohhhh, that’s right – a double pun). There used to exist on campus at UCSC a magical class on stand-up comedy. I took that class as a junior in 2005, and that spring after class ended I decided to produce a comedy show with a bunch of student comedians in the Barn Theater as part of BarnStorm – a student run production company. The show was terrible – way too long, too many comics, not enough audience, so I changed the format. I brought in professional comedians from the Bay Area and mixed them on the show with funny student comics from UCSC. The result was fabulous – we filled up every seat in the house and constantly turned away multitudes of people that desperately sought laughter. Though the stand-up comedy class ended several years ago, I continue to produce the Barn Theater shows several times each quarter and they continue to pack out with enthusiastic college students looking for a cheap thrill.
For MORE cheap thrills, and by cheap we mean abso-stinkin-lutely FREE, roll in to UC Santa Cruz/Kresge Town Hall this Thursday, Feb 5th @ 8pm.
Think you’re as funny as UC Santa Cruz kids? Visit college and prove it!

For more nipple pinching goodness from Mr. Lyon himself, visit


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