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by Rich Tupica COMEDY


The full-time comic with dental insurance

appeared on the “Bob and Tom Show,” and been a contributing writer for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” — not a bad résumé. However, like most accomplished funnymen, when he started com-


edy back in 1992 as a recent Michigan State University theatre graduate, he quickly learned some of the many horrors of being a rookie comic. “The first time I ever got onstage was in Lansing

at Connxtions open-mic night. It actually went quite well,” Dyer said. “I worked very hard on my material and got some laughs. I think it went too well because I walked off stage thinking, ‘This is a piece of cake!’ I went back the next week with almost no preparation and stood up there for five minutes to a room full of completely straight faces.” Today, Dyer’s material is solid — he’s a veteran in

HE ART OF BEING A STAND-UP comedian is learned over time, with plenty of trial and error along the way. David Dyer, 42, of Grand Rapids has had 19 years of rigor-

ous practice, performing his “observational comedy” at clubs. He’s worked alongside the likes of Lewis Black and Drew Carey,

“I’m able to pick up my laptop and go

on the road and do my work from a hotel room,” he said. “It’s great. I have the best of both worlds. I work as a full-time comic, yet I have dental insurance.” His current material reflects his

the field of laughs. He performs 150 to 200 shows per year, all while juggling a family and a full-time job at a communications company. Locally, he frequents Dr. Grins in Grand Rapids, Connxtions in Lansing, the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, and the Comedy Castle in Royal Oak. Dyer also heads out-of-state on mini-tours. “I stick primarily to the Midwest because I’m married and have two

kids and I try to be as involved with them as I can,” he said. Luckily for Dyer his full-time job allows him to work from home, making it possible to be a full-time comedian at night.

“I probably talk about a lot of topics other guys are talking about, but my job is to figure out a better or different way to come at it.”

domesticated lifestyle but with plenty of unexpected spins in the delivery. “I talk a lot about my family and about my kids. I talk about true things I’m actually going through with my family,” he said. “One of my kids is 16 years old; anybody with a 16-year-old knows that’s a handful. I probably talk about a lot of topics other guys are talking about, but my job is to figure out a better or different way to come at it.” His love for comedy dates back to his childhood

DAVID DYER Dr. Grins, Grand Rapids Oct. 13-15, show times at 8, 9 and 10:30 p.m. $5-$15, (616) 356-2000

when his father would play Bill Cosby records. He would later discover the dry humor of Bob Newhart, and the raunchier material of Richard Pryor. “I’d see how hard my dad would be laughing at

those Bill Cosby albums,” Dyer said. “I think even as a child I’d listen to Cosby and think, ‘God, how great would it be to have that as a job?’ You get to tell stories, make people laugh, and pay your bills while doing it.”

With nearly two decades of on-stage experience, Dyer seems to fully

understand the fluidity of a well- written comedy show. “For me one of the best things is when I’m between jokes,” Dyer

said. “After the laughter fades out from the last joke and then there’s complete silence before you go into the next joke — I love that. It says to me, ‘You got ‘em! They’re listening to every word you’re saying.’ It’s a wonderful thing to have their full attention.” n


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DAVE DYER October 13-15

At The B.O.B. Grand Rapids, MI 616.356.2000

IAN BAGG Sept. 29 - Oct. 1

MARK CURRY October 20-22



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