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Comedy with Lonnie Bruhn
Grit City Comedy Club
Tacoma , WA
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Comedy with Lonnie Bruhn
I first knew I wanted to be a comic when I was in the fourth grade.  It's all I ever thought I'd end up being.  There was no Plan B.  I remember hanging out in the basement watching a repairman fix our ancient furnace, wearing the black paper witch hat that I always wore back then.  I didn't have on slippers which made my mom lose her mind.  After a brief scuffle on the staircase with an increasingly nervous repairman wondering if he was going to have to call Protective Services, I thought I could outrun my mad Italian moma on my Big Wheel. Nope. She caught me within a block and systematically destroyed my beloved headwear by stomping and tearing it apart like an angry bull.  I thought to myself, "Someday, I'm going to make people laugh about this."  I love my Mom.

Fast forward to today. I've worked all my adult life as a comedian and storyteller.  I love the creative process of changing my act from year to year. I am religious about trying out new material. My act has evolved to where it is now  stories of truth from my life.  Why would that be so funny? Well, I was born with cerebral palsy which helped shape me into the unique person I am today. It has thrown me into many interesting situation and gave me an opportunity to slow down long enough to observe life.  I wouldn't have become a comedian otherwise, but it is only a small fraction of my story. Having a disability is truly a blessing. From an angry god.

I've been lucky all my life. I stepped to the stage for the first time in 1989 at the age of 17.  Two years later, I began touring after winning the Portland Laugh Off  the youngest comic ever to do so.  Since then, I've traveled all over the U.S. and love performing at all kinds of venues  from dive bars to historic theaters. Recently I played an Elk's lodge to an audience that looked like the cast of Cocoon. I even played a church. I've performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and at the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival. I've appeared on radio and podcasts and have my own weekly podcast called "From the Nook" where I rant and tell ridiculous stories from my breakfast nook in Portland, Oregon. In 2011, I won the Shades of Laughs Comedy Competition  a grueling month long tour of the Pacific Northwest. My final night, I performed right after a group of 15 year old girls lipsynching One Direction in Vancouver BC.  Then, I literally crawled up on the stage and told a story about how my son cleans his room now that he has Type 1 diabetes.  You just hide his insulin somewhere in his room.  I think I'm the only white guy to ever win that competition. I love my life.

I've been labeled many things  edgy, dirty, or X-rated, but I don't think I'm any of those labels.  I'm just honest.  I like to say I'm uncensored.  Life is uncensored so why should a comedy show be any different? Recently, I did a show at a casino where I couldn't swear or say god's name in vain. It was a challenge, but I did it.  I really had to get creative though.

What I am  honest, curious, uncensored, funny, physical, and kind of weirdly lovable (according to my fans).  What I'm not  mediocre, bored, predictable, or coordinated.

Tell me your story and I'll tell you one too.

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Location

Grit City Comedy Club (View)
100 South 9th Street
Tacoma , WA 98402
United States


Categories

Comedy > Stand Up

Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Nick C.
Lakewood, WA United States
Nov 09, 2013 4:36 PM
Brittany C.
Lakewood, WA United States
Nov 09, 2013 4:36 PM
Michael K.
Tacoma, WA United States
Nov 09, 2013 3:23 PM
Dawn K.
Tacoma, WA United States
Nov 09, 2013 3:23 PM
Name Withheld
Puyallup, WA United States
Nov 09, 2013 2:49 PM
Name Withheld
Puyallup, WA United States
Nov 09, 2013 2:49 PM

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