NASCAR’s Michael Waltrip will try to be “funny on purpose” in Comedy Garage stand-up tour dates

If you watch any NASCAR, then you know that driver/owner/analyst Michael Waltrip is a goof. That's not the same thing as being a stand-up comedian, but Waltrip is giving it a shot, anyhow.

Waltrip, who has a book out next month, will debut the Michael Waltrip's Comedy Garage on Jan. 21 at a casino in Kansas City, then take the act to casinos in Canada (Jan. 22) and Las Vegas (March 4-5). Though his name is in the title, Waltrip won't have to headline the shows. Instead, stand-ups Henry Cho and Jon Reep will do the heavy comedic lifting.

And Waltrip seems to know his place on the bill, giving this quote:

‚ÄúThis is something totally different from what I am used to. In a race car I am in my element and I‚Äôm comfortable. When you give me a microphone and tell me I have to stand up in front of a lot of people and be funny on purpose, that makes me nervous. I‚Äôm funny accidentally. The definition of stand-up comedy is being funny on purpose. It‚Äôs a great challenge and something that is a lot of fun. The people that do it for a living sure have my respect. I hope everyone will come out and give us a chance to entertain them.‚Äù

If you want to see Waltrip's accidental brand of comedy, well here's a clip!


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5 thoughts on “NASCAR’s Michael Waltrip will try to be “funny on purpose” in Comedy Garage stand-up tour dates

  1. Can’t wait to see him in Windsor Ontario. Have had my tickets since they went on sale. He is funny all the time! See you soon Michael!

  2. have front row seats for windsor ontario show, seen him many times in person at trackside live years ago and always had to wait all day at speed stage to see him in person its going to great to see him in a show live again

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