New Jersey comedian Rich Vos is ready to bring his blunt, everyman commentary to Buffalo to ring in the New Year, as he headlines five shows at Helium from Dec. 29 to 31.
“It’s a great club,” Vos said during a recent phone interview. “I’m more of a summer type of guy, but if I’m in the cold weather, I like to be working in a good club. One out of two ain’t bad.”
A regular on the Opie network on SiriusXM, the prolific Vos just released his fifth comedy album, “V,” that reached the top of the charts on iTunes and Billboard. All of his albums are available on iTunes, and thus far, Vos is happy with the quality, sales and response to his most recent albums.
“It’s done well,” he said. “The response was great. People liked it and I was very happy with it. The last three CDs I was very happy with, and there’s been a progression in every one.”
While it takes Vos about a year and a half to two years to build enough material for a new album, he is always working on new jokes regardless. When asked if he’s ever told a joke he loved that didn’t crack the audience up, Vos said he will move ahead with the joke anyway.
“I don’t care,” he said. “If I like it, I’m doing it. I know what funny is, because that’s my job to know what funny is. If I really like something, I’ll keep doing it until I get tired of it. If it doesn’t work, I’ll make it work somehow. I wouldn’t do an hour of stuff that I just like, but if it’s just one or two jokes that aren’t working, then I’ll just make it work somehow.”
Vos is also popular because of his podcast, “My Wife Hates Me,” which he co-hosts with his spouse, fellow comedian Bonnie McFarlane. While it may be tough for two comedians to mine material from the same relationship, Vos said they rarely duplicate each other’s jokes and premises on stage.
“We have different styles,” he said of McFarlane. "She thinks of something that might work for me, or if something that would work for her, she’ll take it instead. I’ll ask her if she’s not going to use something if I can have it, and she may do the same to me, but it doesn’t happen that much because we’re so different.”
The comedian doesn’t usually do New Year’s Eve shows, but while Vos feels those crowds can be drunker, he’s still anticipating a great show for anybody attending.
“I don’t know what’s on someone’s mind coming out on New Year’s Eve, because I don’t always work on (that night),” he said. “I know that it’s going to be a good show. It’s a great club … and when they’re done, they can go right across the street to the casino. It’s going to be a great New Year’s Eve.”
Where: Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St.
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 29, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Dec. 30, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31
Cost: $17 to $55; New Year’s Eve reserved dinner option is $80 to $99.