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

Valparaiso University and Illinois College

Originally Posted on 2/8/08 So I just got done performing at Illinois College and Valparaiso University before that. Had a great time at both. Valpo was a sibs weekend. Those are always fun and unpredictable. It’s amazing to me how much kids like my act, especially since I don’t do your typical magic act. In this particular show, I asked for a $20 from the audience and a 11 or 12 year old girl, Serenity, had one and wanted to be part of the show. Her reactions were PRICELESS and had the entire audience rolling. I had to stop for … Read more

January Update! Shows, Magazine Interview and More…

Originally Posted on 1/19/08 Hey! I haven’t written anything in awhile, so let me just tell you about some of the things going on lately. The month of December was great – lots of fun corporate gigs. Sorry I don’t put more info about corporate gigs on my site. It’s just kind of my policy to not disclose the names of the corporations when they book me for a gig. Had another great one last weekend in Columbus. Before that gig, I met with Slapstik Magazine for a quick interview. We had a good time laughing and talking before my … Read more