Tahoe Comedy North goes green with Sean McBride and Susan Jones
St. Patrick’s Day revelry continues through Tuesday, when an Irish-themed night of comedy is presented at the Crystal Bay Casino.
Host Sean Sullivan McBride’s brothers are Kelly and Patrick Shamus.
“We’re raging Irishman,” McBride said. “I love my beer. I feel about beer the way chicks do wine. I will try it all.”
The headliner is larger-then-life comic Susan Jones.
“I’m not Irish but I do put Irish cream in my coffee and I eat lucky charms and if anyone wants to rub my belly for good luck they are more than welcome to do that,” she said. “I would eat a leprechaun and one of my favorite foods is corn beef and cabbage so that must make me a little Irish.”
A 20-year comedian who was once voted Washington’s funniest comic, will drive south for shows in Tahoe and Reno.
“They call me the road savage,” she said. “My daddy was a race car driver and I used to keep him awake as he drove from track to track. So I can drive about 20 hours straight. I can actually drive eight hours without peeing.”
A self-described big-sized girl, said she won $1,300 at a Reno casino.
“Winner!” she said. “That was my Charlie Sheen. I want to be in his group but I would count as three goddesses.”
Jones’ rapid-fire jokes come with a serious message.
“I do size acceptance humor,” she said. “It’s about helping big people not be afraid to go out. I’m not saying we’re healthy at this size, I’m just saying to get out and move around and live your life is a good start on becoming more healthy. A lot of big people are really afraid to get out.”
McBride spent his college years as a sports broadcaster.
Using the letterhead from his father’s radio station to request media credentials for Boston Celtics and Red Sox games. After credentials were approved, the station had a new sports department.
McBride said a highlight was standing eye to eye with a seated Shaquille O’Neal. Lowlights were an unpleasant exchange with his hero, Nomar Garciapara, and being cursed out in Spanish by Pedro Martinez.
“One thing I learned is those guys all have massive egos,” McBride said. “They can be such a pain to deal with. That was one of the things that made me realize it wasn’t as much fun as I thought it would be.
“I was always trying to look at the lighter side of it. I had constant battles with bosses. All I wanted to do was the funny part. I packed up all my stuff and moved to Los Angeles and I’ve been in standup ever since.”
McBride explained his approach to humor.
“It’s adult-themed material but I try and take a kid’s outlook at it,” he said. “I never try to offend anybody. I toe the line but make a strong effort not to cross it.”
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