• NASCAR star Michael Waltrip tries comedy; Henry Cho, Jon Reep show support

    Michael WaltripMove over, Positive K: a new stand-up comedian who’s not a stand-up comedian is joining the circuit.

    Michael Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, will be debuting a stand-up comedy act in Kansas City, Missouri, later this month. Now, at first, it’s hard to see the similarities between NASCAR and stand-up comedy, but Waltrip’s switch isn’t completely off the wall.

    Both hold the possibility of crashing and burning, for example. Even if one involves a greater likelihood of death.

    “This is something totally different from what I am used to,” Waltrip told SpeedTV. “In a race car I am in my element and I’m comfortable. When you give me a microphone and tell me I have to stand up in front of a lot of people and be funny on purpose, that makes me nervous. I’m funny accidentally. The definition of stand-up comedy is being funny on purpose. It’s a great challenge and something that is a lot of fun. The people that do it for a living sure have my respect. I hope everyone will come out and give us a chance to entertain them.”

    Michael Waltrip’s Comedy Garage debuts Jan. 21 at the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, Mo., and will move to Ontario, Canada and Las Vegas.

    So, this week, a rapper and a NASCAR driver have both decided to try their hand at stand-up comedy. Who’s next? A five-star chef? A former congressional candidate and witch?

    Carrie Andersen

    In addition to writing for Laughspin, Carrie is a graduate student in Austin, Texas, where she researches popular culture, new media, music, and social movements. When not reading or writing in any official capacity, she spends her time playing the drums, watching crappy TV, and eating copious amounts of tacos and barbecue. She also blogs sporadically at carrieandersen.com.

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