Michigan Shows and Superfans

Originally Posted on 4/1/08 Last week brought me to a couple more schools in Michigan. Driving toward Mt. Pleasant, MI was slightly eventful, as I hit a nasty patch of snow on the way there. It was pretty fierce, but only for about 20 minutes. Then it was sunny and nice out. Central Michigan is one of my favorite places to perform. The people are great there and the hotel has a jacuzzi in the room. And by “in the room” I mean literally right next to the bed. Slightly sketchy perhaps, but very awesome to relax and watch a … Read more

Michael <3’s Grand Valley State University

Originally Posted on 3/25/08 I took the stage in Allendale, MI (right outside of Grand Rapids) in front of 400-500 students last Wednesday for an awesome show at Grand Valley State University. The programming board there, Spotlight Productions, does a hell of a job. They even had “I <3 Michael Kent” signs. The show went well – nothing scary or out of place. The room where they have their events is really cool. Couldn’t do the wallpaper thing because there was only brick and curtains, but that’s fine. Here are some shots from the show! After the show, some of … Read more

I Conjured an Effing Tornado

Originally Posted on 3/18/08 Good Morning, I’m finally caught up on rest after last weekend’s exciting trip to Atlanta, GA for the APCA National Conference. I was there to promote the show in the Big Name Entertainment booth along with the Showoff Show and the USA BreakDancers. All three of us also had showcases. On Friday, I had my showcase at about 9:30pm. I had a couple new jokes and they went over really well. As a result, guess what? Now everyone else gets to laugh at them! Here’s a photo of my showcase, courtesy of Tifton University’s CAB. When … Read more

Snowed in With the Showoffs!

Originally Posted on 3/10/08 Last week, we saw some beautiful weather in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Early in the week temperatures neared 60 degrees and the sun felt amazing. It cooled down a little just in time for my friends Jonathan and Evan from the Showoff Show to fly in on Thursday. I had a show Thursday night for the Ohio Intercourt Conference. When they called a few months ago and scheduled the show and told me who it was for, I thought “Alright! Finally – this is going to be AWESOME.” Then they said “No, Michael. I said … Read more

If it plays in Peoria…

Originally Posted on 3/3/08 Wow – another busy week! I’ve really gotta thank everyone for making this year so great so far. It’s been two months and already I feel like I’ve been on a freaking U.S. Tour. ———————— Someone pointed out a funny thing to me today. Take a look at Jim Gaffigan’s latest concerts schedule promo: Look familiar? Hahaha. How honored I am that Jim Gaffigan would copy my style. Next thing you know he’ll start ripping off my routine about Hot Pockets. —————— So I started out last week flying into Philadelphia to perform at Rutgers University … Read more

Review: Northeastern News

Originally Posted on 2/26/08 Source: Northeastern NewsBy Sean Leviashvili Michael Kent worked his magic as he performed a stand-up routine at afterHOURS Wednesday. As part of BananAwareness Week, Travis Weisberger, showcases chair for the Council for University Programs, arranged for Kent to perform at Northeastern. Kent is known for putting his own spin on a series of magic tricks by interacting with the audience and treating his act as a comedy routine, a task he admits can be a challenge. “I started doing comedy in college,” Kent said. “It is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. A comic only … Read more

Boston and a Hospital Scare

Originally Posted on 2/28/08 Last week, despite having a nasty cold, I traveled to Boston for a show at Northeastern University. My show was part of Bananawareness week. The CUP at Northeastern had a week of events dedicated to the theory that bananas are going extinct. Not sure how I fit into it (they scheduled me for that week anyway, haha) but I played along. I appreciate the 220-some folks who came out to the show, including the 20 or so local friends that stopped by to see me! Very nice of everyone to come out. The NU “AfterHours” venue … Read more

Performing at WKVO 1580 AM Democratic Party with Stephanie Miller – Tix Available!

Originally Posted on 2/23/08 Hey! Just found out I’m doing a show at WVKO 1580 AM’s Democratic “Party” featuring Nationally Syndicated Radio Show Host, Stephanie Miller! Tickets are still available! The event also will have free pizza, a cash bar, a 50/50 raffle, WVKO promotional items and more! (Adults only please!) Entertainment provided by The Spikedrivers, Donna Mogavero Michael Kent and the Ukulele Man. I’m fairly certain this is going to be an AWESOME time! Tickets and Information HERE.

Bangor? I Hardly Know ’er!

Originally Posted on 2/14/08 Had a great trip up to Bangor, ME this week. it’s pronounced Bang-gore, the locals will tell you. But it’s fun to hear them say in a thick New England accent “Bangah? Hahdly Know Eh!” I performed at Husson College. Husson sits right next to the Bangor airport, so I didn’t get to see a great deal of Bangor, but flying in, it was beautiful. I’d never seen so many pine trees! I hope I get to go back sometime and see a bit more of the area. Bangor is the hometown of Stephen King. My … Read more

A High School and Hogwarts!

Originally Posted on 2/11/08 This last week of shows brought me to Fairfield Career Center. It’s a vocational-type school for Juniors and Seniors in high school. They had me come in and do my normal hour long show as the end to a day full of special events. At first, I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t perform for high school students very often. My relaxed attitude and laid-back style of performing is understood by college students, but I never know if high schoolers are going to “get it.” They totally did. There were something like 350 students in … Read more