Canton comedian John Rathbone splits his funny-time between clubs and corporate functions. The appeal of the latter is obvious: They pay much more than nightclub gigs. But theres a huge drawback, he says. People say, Make fun of Bob -- he likes to fish. Everybody in the company knows he likes to fish. Youre going to get a big laugh. [So Ill do it,] and no one in the audience knows what Im talking about.
Besides, Rathbone would rather riff on himself. His adoption often figures into his act. People say, You have your fathers eyes. Im like, No -- I dont even have his address, he says. They ask, Are you English, German, French? I dont know. All I know about my culture is that they give away their children.
Rathbone spends his rare days off working on a book about stand-up comedy. Hes also putting the finishing touches on a song about OSU football. But he may switch allegiances now that one of his sons attends Bowling Green University. I told my boy that Im going to be rooting for the Falcons, he says. And he said, Dad, I dont know if Ill be rooting for the Falcons.
Aug. 15-16, 8 p.m.