2/24/2013 11:02:00 AM Christopher Titus will perform in Beavercreek
Submitted photo Christopher Titus will be performing his stand-up act at The Funny Bone March 1-3.
By Jessica Graue email@example.com
Editor’s note: Christopher Titus gave me full permission to make fun of him in this article. However, since he was so nice to talk to, I’ll just say one thing. His jokes have great timing, but his phone calls do not. The 1 a.m. interview was quite new to me. I guess people in California are on their own time schedule. BEAVERCREEK — The Funny Bone is set to play host to a painfully hilarious show, when Christopher Titus swings through March 1-3. Titus takes a real approach to comedy. In his first stand up show, Norman Rockwell is Bleeding, the material included everything from his mother’s mental illness to his father’s alcoholism to his ex-girlfriend that used to punch him in the face along with his mother shooting and killing her last husband. “Comedy has to mirror real life. A nightmare can be funny. Pain makes you funny. I don’t know comedians who haven’t been through some kind of pain. If you survive the pain, it becomes funny,” Titus said. Titus describes himself as edgy and has an attitude about comedy close to that of a paranoid schizophrenic. His new show is titled The Voice in My Head and patrons can expect to get a sneak peak. Currently, Titus’ Twitter feed features snippets from this funny and delusional act. Titus believes Twitter, Facebook and other technology have been good for comics. “It [social networking] has made it so people can’t steal your jokes anymore. Everything is recorded. Also, it makes everyone feel like a community. People feel they know the comedians and want to come to your shows,” he said. In the 20 years he has performed, he has headlined comedy clubs around the country, written, starred and executive produced a hit TV show, and is one of the few comics ever to have a 90-minute comedy special air on two different networks. “I decided I wasn’t going to let the show [Titus] change me. Once I stopped caring about what people thought about me, that’s when the TV shows and specials came looking for me,” said Titus. Titus’ other interests outside of comedy include hot rods and recording a weekly podcast with his fiancee, Rachel Bradley. Comedy is his heart and soul though, and he can’t see doing any other profession. “Without comedy, honestly, I’d be dead. With everything’s that happened in my life, I need comedy. Comedy has gotten me through so many things,” he said. The only thing that seems to frighten Titus is the prospect of the snow and cold weather in Dayton. Jumping on stage is easier for the spiky-haired quipster. For those who feel scared to take the stage themselves, Titus has some advice. “If you have the guts to get on stage you just need to get it through your head that the audience is actually scared of you rather than the other way around. That’s when it [comedy] will work for you,” Titus said. Titus always has the future on his mind. He talks with rapid pace and his ideas seem to be overflowing. He recently shot Special Unit, a pilot he created for Comedy Central. Titus described the show as The Shield, with midgets and handicapped actors. “I’m always looking for the next thing. The next joke. The next special,” he said. To find out what Bruce Springsteen said about Titus, run to purchase tickets to next week’s show at the Funny Bone. And don’t be scared. It’s just comedy.