Chris Cyr feels a little weird filling this questionnaire out, since he’s the one posting these. He feels like he should divulge this information to you, but couldn’t think of a really entertaining way to do that. He co-hosts Wild Card Wednesday Night Comedy, and runs Impolite Company, a monthly adult comedy show in downtown St. Louis.
How long have you been performing stand up?
Who are your biggest comedy influences?
My biggest stand up influences are George Carlin, Louis CK, and Eddie Murphy (Eddie Murphy’s Raw is the first stand up I ever saw). My biggest influence overall is the playwright, Tom Stoppard. I write long form comedy, but I try to write it to be spoken quick. Stoppard is the master of fast paced and witty dialogue.
Describe your worst experience on stage.
I was hosting the open mic at the Valley Park Funny Bone a couple of years ago. For some reason, that stage was always set up so comics had to step over the mic cable when you took/left the stage. During the middle of the show, I stepped off the stage, tripped over the cable, and slammed into the floor. I sprained my entire leg. I had to finish hosting the mic as my leg grew more and more swollen. Then I had to host the open mic I run with JC Sibala at the Crow’s Nest after that. By the end of the night, my leg looked like a tree trunk.
After that, I figured I could handle almost anything that went wrong on stage.
What’s your best on stage experience?
Recently, I split featured for Kyle Kinane here at the Ready Room. The show was ridiculously good. It was perfect because that is the crowd I write for. So, I didn’t have to worry about anyone not getting a reference. I didn’t have to worry about anything being too weird. It was just a chance to do my material in the exact way I hear it in my head. I loved it. The crowd was great. My favorite thing about stand up comedy is the moment when you are controlling a mob. You make them be silent. You make them laugh. They’ve give you control and you can use that power however you want. That was the first time I felt like I was really in charge of the stage. It’s really helped me with my performance in other shows.
I realize that sounds a little…weird. But It’s my favorite part of comedy.
What do you like most about the St. Louis comedy scene?
I know other people have said this, but our scene has a lot of incredibly talented people who aren’t afraid to create their own opportunities. Only so many people can work at the local clubs each weekend. Luckily, we have a ridiculous number of independent shows in great rooms people can get time on. Every one of those shows usually keeps some space open for newer comics to get experience on a showcase.
Is there anything you’d like to say to the people sitting in the coffee house where we are typing this list of questions?
I’m sorry I keep laughing. You’d laugh too if you were reading half of these profiles.
Rank in descending order of coolness: Pirate, Ninja, Zombie, Robot
Robots are always the coolest. Zombies are second, obviously. Ninja comes next. Pirate is the least coolest.
Cake or Pie?
Pie. Duh. Bonus Points for Pecan.
Plug something. It’s why we do this.
Honestly, you’re checking the biggest thing I want to promote right now. Give yourself a big round of applause. Recommend StLouisComedy.Com to your friends. Also, check out Impolite Company, every month at the Crack Fox (@impolitestl).