Appearing at Goonie’s Comedy Club in Rochester this weekend, headliner Dave Landau and featured comic Brent Terhune started performing stand-up comedy as teenagers.
Landau began by studying improv at Second City in Detroit. As a teenager, he was encouraged to try stand-up at an open mic in Detroit and “was hooked.”
His earliest comedic influences were Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis via the film “Ghostbusters,” which he said his father rented for him sometimes twice a week.
“We would have bought a copy, but back then, your own copy on VHS ran about $9,000,” Landau said.
When not performing stand-up, Landau found time to write, star in and shoot a somewhat autobiographical comedy film, “The King.” Besides getting his start at Second City, Landau is a regular on the Bob and Tom radio show and Comedy Central. Recently, he was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”
Opening for Landau is Terhune, who also started comedy when he was a teenager. He now is a writer for and performs on Bob and Tom and is the creator, writer and illustrator for the “Uncle Frank” comic strip, which can be seen on his website, brentcomedy.com.
When asked to describe his act, Terhune said, “I write and perform so that others, as well as myself, can have fun.”
“Put my shoes on the wrong feet this morning — now, I can’t find the guy who has them,” is one of the many one-liners sprinkled throughout his website.
If you go
What: Comedians Dave Landau and Brent Terhune
When: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second St. S.W., Rochester
Tickets: $20 at the door, $14 in advance. Order at www.gooniescomedy.com or call 507-288-8130.