Mick Foley appeared on The LAW Live Audio Wrestling this past Sunday night on TSN Radio 1050 AM to promote his upcoming stand up comedy show 'Mick Foley: Hardcore Comedy' at the Toronto Underground Cinema on Friday December 2nd. The full interview can be downloaded at http://fightnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/LAW-MICK-FOLEY-OCT-2011.mp3.
Here are some highlights of the interview:
How he got involved with stand up comedy:
I had done a lot of speaking at colleges where a lot of my stories were humorous, but because I was never billed as a comic, they didn't have to be funny, that was just kind of like the icing on the cake. When I did make the foray into comedy, I realized that you can't just go out there with some ideas, even if the ideas do lead to good stories. I had essentially shrugged off comedy as something that'd be too difficult to get good at. The challenge I really had was trying to get the same people who would willingly wait two hours in line for me to sit down in a comfortable club and listen to me tell stories and do comedy for the same amount of time and for the same price. There was a disconnect, like "Comedy? No, no, we like you in a wrestling venue," even if it's a signing that has to do with wrestling. It was really frustrating to me, and I honestly didn't think I would have the capacity to overcome that. I thought it would take too much time and effort.
If his stand up is aimed at a wrestling audience:
I try to make it inclusive for everybody, without alienating the people who do like me for wrestling, which is most of the people there. I want it to be entertaining for everybody. I use wrestling as my jumping off point to go to other topics, and I'm kinda using trial and error to figure out how to get back to wrestling, and how to weigh everything out. I like to think of wrestling like the best education ever, if you just travel around the world with your eyes and ears open. I share stories that I learned along the way, and things that I learned about people through wrestling. There are some really good stories that anybody could appreciate as long as they are willing to be open to seeing a wrestler tell them.
For more information on Mick Foley's 'Hardcore Comedy' show you can go to http://www.realmickfoley.com/.
The LAW can be heard every Sunday night at Midnight EST on TSN Radio 1050 AM in Toronto and worldwide at http://www.liveaudiowrestling.com