You know what sucks so hard about interviewing comedians? You'd think a group of self-identifying funny people who tell jokes for a living would be a lot of fun to talk to, but, in the immortal words of Steve Martin, "Noooooooooo!" The minute you get them on the record, they go all sincere. They want to show everybody their serious side and save all the good laughs and one-liners for the night of the big show. Take, for example Tommy Oler, a Memphis comic and co-founder of the popular "You Look Like" show. This week, Oler's taking a (funny) crew of Memphis comedians to Malco's Studio on the Square to test-drive a new multimedia comedy concept show called "Why it Sucks," where he and his fellow funny people tell us why lots of popular things we all enjoy really, secretly suck. Things like naps, air conditioning, and the hit superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
- Even Spider-Man can suck.
Oler wanted to use skills he's developed performing at comedy roasts to take on broader topics. "I wanted a show where we'd make fun of all this stuff people love, but not in a cynical way," he says. When asked if he could share any of the things that suck about Spider-Man: Homecoming, naps, or air conditioning, Oler said he had prepared some material but would rather not give any of it away just yet. What doesn't suck is his lineup which includes John Miller, Ross Turner, Nick Cox, Jonny Bratsveen, and Brandon Sams.
"Some of the most entertaining people I know," Oler affirms, again refusing to say why any of them might sometimes suck. Then he went back to playing D&D, and the interviewer got on with his life.
Malco's Studio on the Square started hosting comedy events in July with a stand-up showcase called Comedy Squared.