It’s Wham Time for Austin’s Dean of Comedy

Stand-up man Pat Dean anchors online showcase of comics

Comedy Wham's Isolation Comedy, that weekly Austin-based Zoom showcase of stand-up stylings, has convinced the elusive Pat Dean to do a set.

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Well, "elusive," but only online during the pandemic days we’re dealing with now.

Dean, as noted in this 2018 profile by Carina Magyar, was pretty easy to find in the Before Times: Behind the bar of the storied Velveeta Room downtown, from which boozy post he actually managed the popular comedy joint. Besides being the co-host (with that Chris Tellez) of the longrunning Shit's Golden show at Spider House Ballroom and elsewhere.

But, even though there's currently no in-person stage to delight with one’s arch shtick, no IRL room in which to scratch that I-just-gotta-perform itch a comic sometimes gets, the whole virtual thing didn't sit well with Dean.

"Pat had been reluctant to do online shows," Comedy Wham’s Valerie Lopez tells us. "But he finally got a few under his belt – and now we've got him booked."

"Yeah," Dean agrees, "I wasn't too into the idea of these online shows at first. I initially thought I wouldn't be able to be funny, but after checking a few of them out, I realized how I could be funny – hopefully – on them. I think I have an approach now."

You can see the man’s approach for yourself this Friday at 8pm, when he’ll be part of a showcase that includes Aaron Brooks, Jasmine Ellis, frequent Velv headliners Bryson Brown and Ryan Cownie, and what a recent press release is calling "some fun national bookings."

As the Isolation Comedy series has already run 15 shows in under eight weeks (it was twice-weekly for a while; you do the math), and featured 130 comics from Austin and across the country, and was able to raise nearly $3,000 to help out those comics … we reckon the Comedy Wham folks know what they’re talking about. And that this show might be something you’ll be talking about for a while. Maybe until, ah, the end of the world?

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