Make Him Angry, for the Sake of the Show
Long Island comic mixes observation comedy with voices
Keith Anthony is an angry lunatic, both on-stage and off.
A self-described “crazy guy trying to survive on a daily basis,” Anthony, who performs this weekend at Scotty’s, said his act involves him providing social commentary on what he deems the ridiculous things in life.
“I’m like George Carlin before he went crazy,” Anthony said.
He said two main keys to his act are basing his commentaries on his own experiences and avoiding promiscuous jokes.
“I don’t waste any of my time doing sex jokes,” he said. “Enough comics are talking about that trash. I prefer to talk about the absurdities of life.”
Aside from commentary and storytelling, which he said is a popular delivery form for Long Island comics like himself, Anthony also likes to dip into various characters and voices, both for the audience and for himself.
“People love when you’re on stage and you disappear and somebody else is there,” he said. “Whenever I can become somebody else on stage, I do because I enjoy it, just as much as the audience does.”
On his second major go-around as a comic for the past six years, Anthony had taken a stand-up hiatus in the mid-1990s to work full-time and earn a little bit of money.
However, he said he eventually got bored with full-time work and was lured back to the stage.
“I can work for so long in a job, but then I get bored,” Anthony said. “It’s really difficult when you’re a creative person.”
Back in the routine, he now waits tables during the day to supplement the money he makes from working just about every night of the week.
In this respect, Anthony relates comics, who often have day jobs to complement their nightly stand-up gigs, to living the life of a superhero.
“You have two different identities, and the two never meet,” he said, noting that many stand-ups don’t discuss their day jobs. “Then, at night, they go out and become the mutants they are. The lifestyle of a comedian is really insane, so why not tell people about it?”
On his first stab at stand-up in the early ‘90s, Anthony, who got his start in New York City, met with considerable success, appearing on five comedy shows and making New York magazine’s list of top eight comics in New York City.
Anthony will perform at 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Comedy Cove at Scotty's Steak House. Visit the club's website for more information.