Calendar » Get Out

He's On First

by

comment
Before comedian Joe Starr's vaudeville-era grandfather died, he made the nine-year-old boy promise he'd go onstage one day. So when he was 13, Starr performed at his school's talent show, doing both parts of Abbott & Costello's classic "Who's on first?" gag. He was hooked. "I really didn't know that comedy could be in color," he says. "I thought comedy had to be in black and white, because I grew up on the Marx Brothers, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar — all of those guys."

Starr spends most of his time on the road these days. Occasionally, he takes time out to catch up on appointments. "I was at the doctor this week," he says. "He said, 'Joe, you should really try and be the perfect weight.' So I look behind him at the chart on the wall, and it turns out I'm the wrong height. That's the problem."
Oct. 10-11, 8 p.m.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.