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posted Friday, June 10, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 23
Chip Pope to headline Laff Hole
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Chip Pope to headline Laff Hole

by Anthony Greer - SGN Contributing Writer

Chip Pope from this past season of Last Comic Standing will be headlining the Laff Hole at Chop Suey on June 15.

'Being on the Last Comic Standing was a really great experience. Nothing but good things have come of it. It was good for exposure and realizing that a lot of people watch the show who you wouldn't normally expect would watch it,' Pope said. 'The show seems to be about people trying to get their face out there. It's helpful if you have something different to offer.'

Pope was originally asked to be on Last Comic Standing a couple of seasons earlier, but decided not to partake until he saw several other 'alternative' comedians make a name for themselves on the show, such as Todd Glass. He then decided to try it out.

During Pope's routine, he goes from talking about office woes to his mother being excited about meeting Celine Dion, and then does a bit about his coming out of the closet. 'I'm Gay - hold your applause,' he said. 'The thing is when I was growing up, my family didn't have a whole lot of money, so we lived in an efficiency. It was pathetic because I couldn't even come out of the closet. & Yeah, I had to come out from behind the curtain that separated the living room from the kitchen.'

Overall, Pope found it difficult to describe his experience on the show. 'It's hard to distill because you meet a lot of comedians and you're friendly with each other but you're also in competition with each other. The idea is really weird. There are some people you find really loving, and there are others you don't find funny. Comedy is subjective. Also, you're really just there in the hotel for a few hours and you're in this competition and you're trying to not feel or let the pressure get to you.'

While Pope didn't win, he received a lot of praise from the judges and has been offered a lot of gigs since the show.

'The most memorable thing that came out of it was getting to work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a result of it. It didn't really work out because it wasn't my audience, but I'll never forget that.'

Pope's previous comic tours have been in Portland, Denver, and Los Angeles, where he currently resides. Pope said that during his performance at the Laff Hole, 'I'm going to be making a lot of jokes and hopefully tell some embarrassing personal stories. I also do a musical character that's like a washed up new-wave singer from the '80s called R.O. Manse. That's part of the act I do besides just doing regular stand-up. I still do a lot of pop culture but I try to also get laughs out of personal things.

'I get most of my material by observing life. I used to do a lot of pop culture stuff, but now I try to do less of that and more about life and the experiences that I have had. & It's a little more personal, especially if what you're talking about is relatable.'

Pope grew up in the 'rural conservative panhandle' of Texas.

'I wasn't exactly encouraged to stand out and definitely not [encouraged] to be Gay,' he explained, 'It was a pretty oppressive environment for the most part, but when I got to Austin, I was able to breathe a little more. It was like an oasis.'

Unlike many of the comedians who have performed on Last Comic Standing, the show itself wasn't Pope's first television experience. Back in the '90s, he was a star of Austin Stories, MTV's first prime-time single-camera situation comedy, which Pope described as a precursor to shows like Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks. The show lasted 12 episodes before it was cancelled in 1998.

When Pope is not on tour, he's working on the revival of Beavis and Butthead as well as pitching some of his own TV show and movie ideas. Thus far he's sold a couple of pilots to HBO and F/X, but nothing has been developed into a series just yet.

'One of the great things about Los Angeles is that you don't really know where the opportunities are going to come from. It never gets routine,' Pope said. 'I'm definitely looking forward to coming to Seattle. I've never been.'

Along with sightseeing and performing here, he's greatly interested in learning more about the 'rivalry between Seattle's Best and Starbucks.' He also hopes to find the original Starbucks café as well as a couple of others. He will likely not be disappointed.

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