Comedians coming to Prosody
Andrew Evans, Staff Reporter - January 16, 2013
Comedian Adam Stone admits it can be challenging to write material that isn’t “blue,” or dirty comedy.
“It’s sort of harder to write cleaner. You can always write a good joke and then dirty it up,” Stone said.
Marc Yaffee and Stone are making their way from Reno, Nevada, to Prosody Café on Jan. 26. Both comedians have played in Ellensburg several times and have spent a lot of time performing around the Northwest.
“I’ve probably worked in the states of Washington and Oregon more than anywhere else,” Yaffe said. “Washington is a really comedy-friendly state.”
The comedians have been friends since 1999. Now that both are living in Reno, they have been working together to up the ante. They recently ran an eight-week show titled Tall, Dark and Hilarious, and now they’re hitting the road.
“Since we’re good friends, we try to work a lot together,” Yaffee said. “When you go on the road, a lot of times they’ll pair two comedians up. You might as well do it with someone you like.”
Stone is originally from Hawaii and has been working in comedy for the last 12 years. Good natured and upbeat, he describes himself as a “clean comic.”
His friends and family always told him that he was funny, but he never considered doing stand up until his sister-in-law, an aspiring actress in L.A., encouraged him to take his personality to the stage.
“I always liked to make people laugh, and I finally figured out a way to do it on a formal basis,” Stone said. “I just went for it.”
Stand up comics are always on the lookout for new material. Marc Yaffee draws inspiration from race, pop culture, and his ex-wife.
“She fell in love with some 66 year old guy. He’s kind of her sugar daddy, an insulin uncle,” Yaffee said.
Yaffee is an adopted Navajo who was raised in Los Angeles by a Mexican mother and a Jewish father.
His multicultural background provides a basis for a lot of his material. Yaffe didn’t start doing stand up until he was in his 30s, working as a traffic school instructor.
He was living in Kelsyville, Calif., two hours from the nearest comedy club in Sacramento. It would take him four hours of driving to get just five minutes of stage time.
“It was a lot of miles for not much time on stage, but it was worth it,” Yaffee said.
Yaffee’s dedication has paid off. He has appeared on the Bob and Tom Show several times, wrote for George Carlin’s Laugh.com, and performs regularly with the Pow Wow Comedy Jam.
According to Yaffee, he is one of only a dozen full time Native Comedians, and Adam is one of four Hawaiian professionals.
“We have some real distinct backgrounds, but our comedy is pretty universal,” Yaffee said. “In other words, if you go to the show, it’s not going to be a bunch of Hawaiian and Indian jokes.”