John Mink is on his way. The 29-year-old Salem native is moving to New York City to further his comedy career. Before he leaves, though, he is hosting a going-away show.
“I’m moving to New York for a bigger market but also because my type of comedy goes over so much better there,” Mink said. “I did a five-show trip in NYC to see how I matched up. I was very successful.”
“My style of comedy has been labeled as ‘shock’ comedy, offensive and abrasive,” Mink said. “I sometimes agree with that, but many times I chalk it up that the Northwest can be extremely liberal and politically correct. Sometimes getting on stage with my offensive set in front of parents of friends of mine became very awkward. It’s hard to talk about certain things in front of people whom you deeply respect.”
Mink got into comedy just over four years ago.
“I got into comedy on a whim,” Mink said. “My family had always watched a lot of stand-up comedy ever since I was a kid. I had always been a strong public speaker, and one day after watching a stand-up show on TV, I said to hell with it and decided to try an open mic. Then next one I heard about, I got up. I sucked horribly. But I caught the bug.”
“I’m proud to say that I’ve become a much better comic with my friends here in the Salem comedy scene,” Mink said. “I hosted an open mic at Nobles Tavern for a little over six months. It was very gritty. After playing shows on the East Coast, Nobles ended up being a great place to learn how to deal with a rowdy crowd. I also co-produced shows at Level B with Eric Alexander Moore that brought national headliners like Susan Rice.”
Mink wanted to produce one last show in Salem as a way to say thank you to everyone who supported him through the good times and bad, he said.
The show also will feature Todd Armstrong, Kristine Levine and Andy Andrist.
“Todd Armstrong is a very talented comic. He produces a show called “Permanent Comedy” where the comics are tattooed while on stage. It’s great, and I was lucky enough to be a part of one of those shows,” Mink said.
“Kristine Levine is incredible. She holds the record for 50 shows in 50 days in all 50 states. That’s insane,” Mink said. “She also has a recurring role on ‘Portlandia.’ “
“Andy Andrist is a great source of inspiration. I’ve once heard Andy’s show being described as the most beautiful train wreck you’ll ever witness. I tend to agree. He is the funniest comic I’ve ever worked with. He was a writer on the ‘The Man Show’ and cut an album with Stand-up Records called ‘Dumb it Down for the Masses.’ It’s one of the funniest albums I’ve ever heard.”
“Both Andrist and Levine are a part of Doug Stanhope’s group of comedians called the ‘Unbookables.’ Over the last few years, these comics have become friends of mine, and they can do the gritty type of comedy and do it well,” Mink said.
“I will miss it here, but potential for growth is far more vast on the East Coast. Also, I refuse to live in Los Angeles,” Mink added. “I hope that people back here keep in touch as I post blogs and other reviews on my website.”
John Mink Moves East
What: A stand-up comedy show featuring John Mink, Todd Armstrong, Kristine Levine and Andy Andrist
When: 10 p.m. Friday, July 3. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Where: Capitol City Theater, 210 Liberty St. SE, Suite 150
Cost: $10. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance atbrownpapertickets.com/event/1752328
Age: 21 and older
Information: (503) 989-1542 or johnmink.net