Comedian Ryan McComb, a Perry District native who climbed by way of the ranks of the Spokane comedy scene, is preparing for a brand new standup particular on the downtown library. It is considered one of his ultimate occasions as a “Spokane comic” earlier than he heads south to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue new alternatives for his comedy profession.
McComb christens the newly renovated occasion area on the Central location of the Spokane Public Library with its first after-hours occasion. He’ll tape an all-new particular in entrance of a stay viewers July 22 at 9 pm. Tickets are free, the comedy is clear, and it is an ideal night of celebrating native development.
McComb grew up going to the Spokane Public Library each Saturday morning. His mother labored night time shifts, and it was his father’s job to get the youngsters out of the home so she may sleep in. McComb has witnessed the library remodel, navigating the diminishing want for DVDs and CDs and creating new methods of including worth to a spot, like a recording studio, a podcast sales space and this new occasion area.
“The downtown library renovations are unbelievable,” McComb says. He appreciates their thoughtfulness and usefulness, in addition to the aware methods the totally different areas are laid out.
In addition to introducing him to the library, McComb’s father Ken additionally launched him to comedy. He was an area comedian and introduced McComb to open mics to observe him carry out.
“It was basically simply to have one thing to do,” McComb says. “After which I believed, ‘Properly, if I am gonna be there, I’ll as effectively write one thing down.'”
A pure intuition kicked in, in addition to the dedication to nurture it. McComb started testing out materials at Spokane Comedy Membership and native bars. As McComb moved from open mics to weekday spots, he rigorously honed minutes after which entire units of intelligent, calm comedy.
Progress wasn’t seamless or regular. McComb handled severe bouts of stage fright that began a number of years into his profession, the type that triggered him into feeling like he was actively peeing his pants the entire time he was on stage. He additionally misplaced management of the viewers a minimum of as soon as, slowly getting increasingly more aggravated by aggressive hecklers till he stated some alternative phrases, lower it brief and walked offstage. However these failures are what satisfied him to maintain going.
“You already know you are able to do higher,” McComb says. “The a method you develop is by completely, completely blowing it.”
This competitors with himself motivated McComb. Early on, he was afraid of going brief or disappointing the group. However even when these items occurred, “you recognize it isn’t going to destroy your life,” he says. McComb saved remodeling jokes, going by way of 4 to 5 drafts earlier than performing one thing, and letting his jokes naturally evolve.
The progress got here. After internet hosting weeknight exhibits, then internet hosting weekend exhibits, then that includes on off nights, McComb lastly headlined for the Spokane Comedy Membership final yr. It was a significant milestone in his profession. Throughout that headline present, McComb advised a narrative with such a satisfying ending that the group assumed the act was completed. They gave a standing ovation. However McComb wasn’t executed, and he nonetheless wanted to fill extra time. As an alternative of peeing his pants or cursing, McComb regained management of the viewers, stayed snug on stage and completed his time.
To McComb, that consolation and management have been vital markers of maturity, perhaps as vital because the headlining itself.
At that time, McComb began contemplating shifting away from Spokane.
“From a comedic standpoint, my alternatives weren’t going to get bigger right here,” says McComb. “I knew that I used to be encountering diminishing returns in Spokane. Every thing right here is phenomenal — I am not mad at Spokane — however I am at some extent the place I can go elsewhere and uncover new alternatives and nonetheless have many of the alternatives I’ve right here if I journey again in.”
Nashville is not a comedy mecca like Manhattan, however it’s a strategic transfer by McComb. The Spokane Comedy Membership has sister golf equipment in Tacoma, Oklahoma Metropolis, Louisville, Appleton (in Wisconsin) and Fort Wayne (in Indiana). Nashville is a middle between most of these cities, which signifies that McComb can benefit from alternatives with all these associates. Plus, he also can encounter new potentialities in greater metro areas with low cost flights, like Atlanta, Chicago and New York.
McComb retains his expectations affordable. “I am not sitting right here with an image of Madison Sq. Backyard subsequent to my mattress, considering in the future I am gonna headline there,” McComb says. However he retells a narrative from comedian Nate Bargatze, who began his profession as a barker exterior New York Metropolis comedy golf equipment. Bargatze had goals, however he centered on short-term objectives: “Do not be on this nook anymore. Be barking elsewhere.” McComb determined that Nashville is his subsequent nook, the following place to place himself in the way in which of extra alternative.
“The truth that I am shifting to Nashville is in itself successful,” McComb says.
“Simply since you transfer away from residence doesn’t suggest you hate your mother,” McComb provides, referring to his love for Spokane. In truth, his most valuable cargo for the transfer to Nashville all have roots in his hometown — his girlfriend, his canine and some of his mother’s work.
Being on the Spokane Comedy Membership was one of many “high 5 most influential issues which have occurred to me,” McComb says. It is the place he and his girlfriend met, and the place he garnered a whole lot of help from the house owners and different comics. A number of of these comics, together with Rob Wentz, Jay Berg and Jesse Burt, will characteristic earlier than his particular on the library. However the host of that night, many years after these Saturday mornings collectively, can be McComb’s dad. ♦
Ryan McComb: Stay on the Library • Fri, July 22 at 9:00 pm • Free • All ages • Spokane Public Library – Central • 906 W. Major Ave • occasions.spokanelibrary.org • 509-444-5308