It’s no secret that Chicago is a breeding ground for some of the biggest names in comedy. Immense talents from both the worlds of improv and stand up have cut their teeth on our stages. But, were you aware that most comedians get good here then move to one of the coasts?
We here at On Tap Sports Net have decided it's time to shine a spotlight on the local talent in hopes that with the support of you, dear reader, our all-stars stay in Chicago! New York and LA can develop their own. Chicago is a Triple-A city to nobody! Every week, we are going to highlight a local performer, give a little background on their careers, and share some of their work so when the lockdowns are lifted you've got months' worth of shows to check out. For our first installment, we are spotlighting Marty DeRosa.
Comedian of the Week: Marty DeRosa
Marty has been on the Chicago comedy scene for over a decade and is a big name in the podcast world of pro wrestling, having collaborated extensively with AEW superstar Colt Cabana. You almost certainly recognize Colt from the One Hour Tees billboards across the Chicagoland area. Marty is a headliner who has also opened for some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy including Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, and Tom Segura. Marty’s debut album, Live From Parts Unknown opened #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts.
Getting to Know Marty DeRosa
Who are some of the comedians that inspired you growing up?
"[I] rented Andrew Dice Clay's The Day the Laughter Died from the library and made a copy and listened to it all the time. [I also] watched Martin Lawrence's You So Crazy and Eddie Murphy's Delirious and so much Premium Blend reruns on Comedy Central."
What is the coolest thing you've been able to do because of comedy?
"Quit my day job. Nothing is better than that. Also, doing comedy at the Gathering of the Juggalos in the middle of the night was wild."
What is your favorite Chicago comedy venue?
"Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s downtown. It's a show that I helped start, but it's the perfect venue for comedy. The show often has a magical vibe before showtime and I've had the most fun I've ever had on that stage. The worst is doing CYSK on a Wednesday then going out of town to some awful comedy club for a weekend. Just a bummer."
What is your favorite drunk food spot in Chicago?
"Late-night Cheese Enchiladas at a late-night Mexican restaurant is my go-to. Runners up would include Taco Bell & White Castle."
You have a Wrestling podcast as well as a music podcast, so we gotta ask, what would be your ring entrance music?
"John Cena and The Shield's theme songs rule and walking up to the stage to either of those songs make[s] you feel like a million bucks!"
Be sure to check back every week as we continue to showcase the awesome comedy talent across Chicagoland!