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Improv Comedy: Getting to Know You -Stuart Frazier

Our profiles in comedy (name changes depending on my mood) series continues with Stuart Frazier (no relation to the tree). Stuart is with the No Pants Players, who perform Feb. 11 at Mardis Gras Casino at 7 p.m.

The group has been promoting the show extensively on Facebook. However, a press release to the local newspaper is still in development.

Anyway, it’s free show, and there may be gambling on premises.

Maybe check it out.

Name: Stuart Frazier aka, Colonel Such ‘n’ Such aka, The Favorite aka, Jeff Bukovinsky
Age: 33 and looks amazing
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation: Marketing Coordinator for Kanawha County Public Library/Taxi Driver/Lazy Batman

Stuart’s the one on the right. Probably.

What’s your life like outside of comedy?

Pretty good. I do enjoy the time to just chill and I also like exploring the city and the world around me. Eating at new restaurants, seeing movies, going to concerts. I have a lovely wife and beautiful two-year old daughter, who by the way, is a lot more entertaining than most people I know. So Hollywood agents reading this, call me!

How did you get started in Improv/Comedy?

I pulled a sabre from a boulder and was thoroughly disappointed. No. I’ve always enjoyed the stage since I was a kid, performing in all sorts of school and church plays. Got some real performance training in a couple theater classes in high school and discovered improv in college. I really enjoyed the camaraderie and freedom that improv provided. The ability to make up your entire world has a certain appeal. With some encouragement, I joined the No Pants Players and have been reveling in the journey ever since.

What was your first workshop or show like?

My first performance with the No Pants Players was special because it was a gig we did for Read Out Loud and the emcee of the event was Chris Sarandon (yes, that Chris Sarandon). So I really wanted to impress him so he would adopt me. Only one of those things happened. But it was a lot of fun!

In comedy or the improv comedy world, who do you look up to?

My comedic heroes would probably be Richard Pryor, of course. No comedian/actor would ever say otherwise. Dave Chappelle is hilarious and speaks the truth. I really like Hannibal Burress, too. I love his style and delivery. There’s really too many to choose from, Paul Mooney, Katt Williams, Maria Bamford, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Rock, Wayne Brady, Kevin Hart, Issa Rae, Debra Wilson, Mitch Hedberg, Chelsea Peretti, Wanda Sykes, Key and Peele….like I said, there’s so much talent out there, so many funny people, I couldn’t possibly choose one.

What’s the best part about what you do?

I really like making people laugh, making them happy. I’ve always felt that comedy, laughter, are powerful tools. You can change a person’s entire attitude by making them laugh and I hope that’s what I bring to audiences when I perform.

What’s the hardest part?

The hardest part for me is being harsh judge of my own performance. I can almost always point out something I did or didn’t do that could have been better, could have been funnier, clearer in delivery, etc. But I think that pushes me to try to improve my skill for next time. It forces me to make adjustments, study more of the art, and try different things and experiment. Remember kids, comedy is serious business.

What’s (almost) always funny?

The No Pants Players. Eddie Murphy’s “Delirious.” A small child saying a curse word. Yo mama.

Advice for someone who might want to do improv?

Try not to over-think it. Be as adaptable as possible, and if all else fails, be Beyoncé.
Are two drink minimums necessary or are they just a rip off?

Not necessary, but certainly do help. Alcohol makes us funnier….not you, us.

Do you believe in Santa Claus, unicorns or global warming (choose one)?

I believe Santa Claus needs to stop denying the existence of global warming which is caused by unicorn flatulence.

If you could ask Drew Carey one question, what would it be?

What have you done with the bodies?

Is prison really as bad at they say or is that just the media?

I’ve only been to prison one time….as a performer…..doing improv for prisoners. Let me tell you, no one appreciates a show like a room full of non-violent drug offenders.

How good is your spelling?

Absolootlie perfektt

Do you have any time/money saving tips for our readers?

Come watch the No Pants Players, the funniest people on stage with the cheapest ticket prices in the city! (And they’re performing Feb. 11 at Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes)

Have you ever been to Ohio?

It was literally the first place I’d ever been in my life.