Bob Khosravi Recording Live Comedy Album Tonight
The local stand-up storyteller gets vinylized at Cap City.
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
1:15PM, Wed. Nov. 11, 2015
So Khosravi’s getting vinylized?
Well, considering how much Stand-up! Records head honcho Dan Schlissel is into actual old-school audio objects, maybe that’s exactly right.
But, regardless, stand-up comic Bob Khosravi – who’s been brightening the Austin scene for eight years now – who’s been running his storytelling format “The Mission” once a month at ColdTowne Theater for a long damned time – is recording his first comedy album. At Cap City Comedy Club. Tonight.
And the title of this album, Bob?
“Undecided,” says Khosravi.
Wait, “Undecided” is the title of it? Or –
“I really haven’t decided yet,” says Khosravi. “The title might end up being Undecided. Or Untitled. Or Insert Title Here. There’s a lot of options, most of them relating to me not knowing what I want to put on it.”
And why has it taken so long for this to happen? Not the titling, but the album itself?
“Honest answer?” says Khosravi. “Or playful answer?”
“Truthfully,” says Khosravi, “I don’t feel like I’m done with anything ever. Materialwise, I’m constantly working on stuff, rewriting it, and always writing new stuff at the same time. So I’ll start exploring the new material, and the old stuff just sits around. So when Dan came around and was like, ‘Hey I’ve been watching your stuff online and I enjoy it, I want to record an album with you,’ I was like, ‘Okay,’ and he was like, ‘Let me know what you want to record.’ And I realized I had no idea – because nothing’s ever done. And this was two years ago – so, since then, it’s been me trying to cobble together what I want on this album.”
And what kind of album does this storytelling comic – “storytelling comic,” like Khosravi’s the stand-up version of Tom T. Hall or something, like he’s fixin’ to bust out a cover of “Sneaky Snake” in mid-set, right? – what kind of album does this guy record the first time out?
“Some of it will be familiar material,” says Khosravi, “some of it will be stuff people haven’t heard – because it’s older stuff that I’m pulling from my first couple years here in Austin. And, yeah, it’ll be heavily skewed towards storytelling – in particular, I’m closing the album with a story that’s one of my favorites to tell, that I don’t want to tell anymore, so I’m locking it in there.”
And why is Cap City where the recording’s gonna happen?
“I love Cap City,” says Khosravi. “It’s a great space, and the people at Cap have done the most to help me out as a comic. It’s a blessing that they’re letting me record it there, because that club is one of the best in the nation, and the owners work really hard to bring great talent to that club and book local people and build the scene – they’ve had a big hand in helping the local scene grow. So from the very beginning, when Dan asked me where I wanted to record the album, I told him I wanted to do it at Cap. I have so much history there, it feels like doing it at home.”
So maybe join Bob Khosravi in his home away from home tonight, citizen? Join him there at Cap City and be part of the studio audience entertained by this funny man with the mellow Midwestern voice, maybe lock your reactions into some vinyl grooves (or digital architecture) for all eternity? Sounds like a good deal to us, especially on a Wednesday night.