Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Lee's Summit Journal Article

Two articles in one day! This one on the front page!!!

Lee's Summit comedian to headline local show
by Pete Gutschenritter


Brad Meehan of Lee's Summit is a computer software engineer by day, but by night he's a comedian.

On Thursday evening Meehan will be performing at Third Street Pub. The show begins at 8:30 PM and also will feature Kansas City comedians Will C and Mike Baldwin. Comedian Chris Johnson will be the emcee for the event.

Meehan comes into Third Street Pub fresh off a 2005 year in which he was named All Comedy Radio's "Funniest Person in Kansas City." Baldwin is a two-time winner of the award.

But for as high an accolade as that award is, Meehan has only been doing comedy for two years. Over that span of two years, Meehan has performed throughout the Kansas City area, including Stanford and Son's in Overland Park, Topeka, and Parkville, MO.

He has been the featured performer or opening act for nationally known comedians Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli and Michael Winslow in the past as well.

Unlike Giraldo, Lampanelli and Winslow, Meehan doesn't spend much time touring outside the metro area.

"I work full-time, so this is mainly a after-hours hobby for me," said Meehan, a computer sofware engineer at Commerce Bank in Lee's Summit.

Thursday's show will be Meehan's first performance at Third Street Pub. It's the sixth comedy show for Third Street Pub over the past five years.

"We'd like to increase (the number of comedy shows)," said Shirley Tarantino, owner of the Third Street Pub. "We try to work them in whenever we need a good laugh."

With his $700 public address system he won from the 2005 award, Meehan has ventured to various bars not known for comedy shows in the past.

"I've been looking for alternative places to perform and going to local places, so the timing (for Third Street Pub) is perfect," Meehan said.

Meehan said the rating of the show is "somewhere between PG-13 and mild R."

"I've experienced shows when people do edgier stuff, and not everyone is into that," he said.

Meehan said the goal for the show is to find a new niche in Lee's Summit.

"We're real excited about it," Meehan said.



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