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Brian Herberger

Brian Herberger is a stand-up comedian from Buffalo. He was named "Buffalo's Funniest Person" in 2015 during the third annual contest at Helium Comedy Club. He lives in Raleigh, N.C.


Comedy

The big day finally arrived: my opportunity to open for Sebastian Maniscalco at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Could this one show possibly live up to all the hype I created for myself by publicly writing about it in detail and anticipation for 10 weeks in a row? The answer is yes. The day of the show, I was in work mode. I was focused. I didn’t eat much because I…

Comedy

If you stay in one place the days after a show or a weekend of shows, it is not uncommon to get recognized in public as a comic. Even when I was just hosting weekends in Buffalo, people would sometimes see me out at a restaurant or pass me on the street and say, "Hey! We saw you at Helium!" As a comic at any level, it's one of those things that you pretend isn't a big d…

Comedy

This weekend was all about preparation. I had two theater shows in Durham and Charlotte opening for Sebastian Maniscalco. The combined capacity of both theaters still doesn't match the capacity of Shea’s Performing Arts Center, where I will be opening for him on March 25, but this was the closest to a test run that I will get before the big show in Buffalo. On top of th…

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Many long for the beach. Some people work hard every day just for those one or two weeks a year they get to spend on a beach. Others use their desktop background as motivation - a picture-perfect ocean view that they hope will someday be their retirement destination. This weekend I drove to Outer Banks, N.C. for two shows. It was 78 degrees when I arrived Friday evening…

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I like to try and explore a bit whenever I'm in an unfamiliar city. I still have a lot of exploring to do in my new surroundings down here. They call this area The Triangle - referring to three neighboring cities, each home to a major university. Raleigh, home of NC State University, Durham, home of Duke University, and Chapel Hill, home of University of North Carolina, ar…

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Sleep sometimes takes a backseat when living the comedy life. Tuesday I had a spot on a bar show in Winston-Salem, N.C., a town that’s an hour and fifteen minute drive away. I found out Tuesday morning that the show started at 10 p.m. This seemed odd to me for a Tuesday, but I decided to roll with it even though I had to leave the house at 6:30 the next morning to subst…

Comedy

After some persistence and some help from fellow comics, I’m starting to break into the North Carolina scene a bit. I have spots and shows coming up in six different venues over the next 19 days. I don’t know yet what my goals are with the comedy scene here. My biggest goal is to continue to get paid work on the road, but I know that this local scene does have a place s…

Comedy

A lot can happen in a week. In a seven-day span, I checked out a small town open mic, saw the movie "The Founder," confirmed a wedding venue and date for 2018, and bought a new house. That last one deserves some explanation. First off, my fiancee did most of the buying. She is the one with a real job down here in Raleigh so she is the only one of us who can get pre-a…

Gusto

In a lot of ways, I'm starting over. I began substitute teaching down in Raleigh. I have always said that being a teacher made me a better stand-up and that being a stand-up made me a better teacher. There is something about standing alone in front of 200 drunk adults on a Friday night that is eerily similar to being in front of a room full of eighth graders on Monday morn…

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I was on the road this past week. I don’t know if it’s still called "the road" when you fly into town. I was stuck in my hotel room most of the weekend without a car. Anyway, I was out of town. I landed in Albany on Thursday for four nights at the FunnyBone, a 300-plus capacity club in the middle of a gigantic mall. I previously hosted here for the club's opening weeken…

Gusto

I write from a hotel room bed. Sometimes I frantically type on my phone. Other times I write while driving, recording ideas as voice memos. I am a stand-up comic, or a comedian when I want to sound more formal. I grew up in North Buffalo, with my four younger brothers and lived there for most of my life. The first time I tried this thing called stand-up comedy I was 18.…