One of our favorite comedy clubs has just closed its doors. Here’s an ode to the incomparable host & face of the open mic, John Paul Rivera, by man that started it all, Benny Boshnack
He’s the type of comedian that I’ve always been jealous of, basically he was funny and smart immediately.
He would make a point to give them a chance because so many people had written them off already.
Not only is he one of the funniest people in the scene with use of characters and his regular presence, he is also one of the quickest and most ruthless. Able to spot your flaws and insecurities straight from the get-go and pound away at them. I have never had the courage to put other people through that as much as I would like to. I’m way too sensitive and insecure so I mostly don’t tell people how I really feel about them. But whenever John Paul would pick on me personally, I laugh my ass off. He’s one of the few that I’ll accept it from because I know it’s all love. We used to talk about messed up dreams all the time and he would say, “Oh you mean that dream where you wanna fuck your mom but you can’t do it because she doesn’t have a dick?” That one was great. A line I laugh about all the time was when we were talking about the movie Milk and he said, “I saw that movie with my mom. That’s a lot of boners to hide from your mom!”