Costaki Economopoulos - The Biggest Name In Comedy
Shows at 7:00PM and 9:30PM.
Catch a night of comedy with Costaki Economopoulus-The Biggest Name In Comedy, and special guest Dave Dyer.
The Costaki Story
In the spring of 1993 Costaki was doing graduate work at the University of Georgia. He spent most of his time hammering out a thesis on the influence of political satire on our feelings about government. His off time was spent honing his stand-up skills in pizza joints and bars around town. When he had to turn down a couple of gigs to work on the paper, it made his stomach hurt. He hung in there, finished the thesis, got his master's degree, and within a year was a full-time comic on the road. He has been criss-crossing the country telling jokes ever since.
His humor has been described as smart, pointed, hip, sharp, insightful, socially relevant, and gut-laugh funny. A fellow comic once referred to Costaki as a "casually brilliant joke philosopher." He weighs in on everything from parenting and politics, to pirates and rice cakes. And his light swagger, playful squint, and wry smile tell you that perhaps there's more to this multi-layered joke than you first recognized.
Costaki began to make some noise in the business by reaching the finals of the Seattle Comedy Competition, where he was discovered and invited to the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival. He was just one of ten finalists in Comedy Central's Laugh Riots national talent search. He's been back to Montreal twice since then.
You may have seen him recently on the Showtime Special Caroline Rhea & Friends. Over the years, Costaki has performed in 48 states, covering the country's best clubs, hundreds of beautiful theaters, dozens of colleges, and some of the worst bars in America.
Also a talented writer, Costaki's jokes have appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, and Best Damn Sports Show Period. He was a writer for BET, where he was staffed on two of their hit shows. He wrote jokes for Bette Midler's Kiss My Brass Tour. Costaki spent Spring Break one year in Cancun writing on the MTV show Parental Approval. He also wrote daily for The Complete Sheet, a DJ prep service that goes out to almost 500 stations worldwide.
But he is easily best known for The Economonologue, a weekly segment on the syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show that reaches some five million people in 150 markets. And that segment has spun off into Quick Snaps, the all-NFL topical version, which also has a weekly home during the season on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. This national exposure has opened the door to Costaki's dream: people coming to see his live performances "on purpose."
After a performance with Jake Johannsen, Costaki's mother said, "You were better than that other guy." And really, is there anything more to say after that?
After high school, David went to Michigan State University where he found a home in the Theatre Dept and aspired to be one of the great Broadway directors of our time. After realizing the incredible amount of sacrifice and butt-kissing such a ridiculous dream required he chose to take the easy path of stand-up comedy. Growing up, David was exposed to and greatly influenced by the comedy of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, and Steve Martin. He wrote five minutes of material, attended an open mic night in Lansing, MI, and headed down a path that both his parents and wife were hoping would've taken him a lot further by now.
David Dyer has been doing stand-up for over sixteen years. He's worked with some of the best performers in the industry including Drew Carey, Lewis Black, and Kathleen Madigan, just to name a few. He's appeared on the nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom Show" as well as their telecast on WGN America. He's a contributing writer to NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and he's also contributed to "ABC's Politically Incorrect"and "The Zany Report" on The Bob and Tom Show. He performed several recurring characters on The Kevin Matthew's Morning Show on 97 WLAV FM in Grand Rapids, MI. In the past, he won The Grand Rapids Magazine Comedy Joke Off; a competition that put him up against the best comedic talent in the State of Michigan. David's interesting and sometimes twisted take on life's quirky little situations means that he's doing a lot of the same crappy material a million other guys are doing.he just does it differently..better..quirkier.
David Dyer's energy, writing, and hilarious physicality make him an exciting performer who's in increasingly high demand (cliché). He currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI, but is looking for the money and a reason to get out.please help him.
Shakespeare's Lower Level (View)
241 E Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|