Growing up, Louie Gee was the class clown who considered stand-up comedy a bucket list item. Once he did it, Gee realized stand-up wasn’t as easy as he thought, but he refused to believe he couldn’t get better at it.
Now the 32-year-old Buffalo resident is hosting the Dirty Dozen, a regular Helium Comedy Show featuring some of the area’s best comics telling their finest R-rated jokes.
The next one is scheduled for Dec. 14 and features Gee along with Rick Matthews, Josh Potter, Zack Dietsch, Brandon Trusso, Tyrone Maclin, Senneca Stone, Tony Pusateri, Phil Machemer, Chris Gullo, Philbert Doctor and Jesse Winterhalter. Gee recently took time to talk about his growth as a comic and his recent marriage.
Question: As you kept performing comedy, was there any “light bulb” moment that helped you turn a corner on stage?
Answer: I know a lot of people go back to giving her credit, but Kristen Becker told me when I was new and cocky that I would need to go onstage 100 times before I could even consider calling myself a comedian. I kind of laughed her off, but I’ll bet you it was very close to the 100th time on stage that it just started clicking.
Q: What’s the difference between a good dirty joke and a hacky (or played out) dirty joke?
A: The difference is originality and taking a different approach to it. Every time I think of a hacky dirty joke, I’m thinking of a joke that our old racist grandfather told at the dinner table. Not that I should insinuate that all of our old grandfathers are racist, but most of them are.
It is a corny, way-too far thing that you’ve heard at school or whatever. It’s going to make you laugh because it’s funny, but we’ve heard it all before. You have to take a different approach. At the Dirty Dozen, a squirm in the crowd, or an “ooooooh,” is just as good as a big laugh sometimes.
Q: You recently got married this fall, and you’ve been in wedding parties before. What’s the biggest mistake you can make at a wedding?
A: If you ever say, “Should I invite this person to the wedding?” you shouldn’t. Uncle George is still crazy, and he isn’t going to change. That kid you went to high school with and haven’t seen him since? He’s gone and you can’t help him anymore.
We had like five people who were pretty questionable, and we decided to be nice and invite (them). Every one of them proved that decision was the wrong one. We didn’t come home and say, “Oh my God, I’m so glad they came and enlivened the evening!”
Q: On social media, you’ve chronicled the journey of teaching your wife to dance before the wedding. How was that struggle?
A: Up until this relationship, every relationship I’ve had, be it friendship, family or love, I’ve been the alpha and “fun one.” In relationships, people have had just to accept it because I’m overbearing. She is very similar to me.
She has taken a step back to let me have my moments for my ego out there. But dancing is her time to shine and let her be that outgoing person because it’s silly and, at the end of the day, is what I fell in love with. Of course, not many wives are like, “Yeah, film me dancing and show 2,000 of your Facebook friends.”
What: Dirty Dozen
Where: Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St.
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 14