The Dark Side of Mike Stanley
By Erin Crowell
Stand-up comic Mike Stanley is a lot like the venue hell be performing at this weekend: dark and off-the-wall. The Detroit native and Last Comic Still Standing 2005 winner will be performing at InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City, Jan. 29 & 30.
I love that place, Stanley says of InsideOut. I love the art, how the place is set up. I really dig that place.
Its a location that suits Stanleys style of comedy.
Somebody once did a review and called me dark and hilarious, he says. Thats probably the best way to sum it up.
So, what exactly is dark comedy?
I want to push you somewhere you dont want to go. Then, I want to make you laugh about it, he says. People are just so serious about things, its ridiculous.
It will be a return trip for the guy whose style of comedy has been called high energy and fearless. Hes proven to be an audience favorite as he was recently voted Best Comedian in Chicago his now homebase on a busy touring schedule.
I started in the Detroit area and it was always a pain in the ass to drive out of Michiganits a peninsulajust to go to tour out of Chicago.