A comedian’s natural habitat is a dark room, preferably one filled with an audience financially complicit in the ribbing about to take place.
Matt Kazam has filled those rooms for 25 years, but for the last seven-and-a-half, he’s brought his act into a sunny arena where just overenthusiastic clapping is trouble.
Kazam is a golf course comedian, the only one I’ve ever heard of.
He will perform at the Brian Orakpo Leukemia Golf Classic benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Monday, April 28.
“No other comedian would even be crazy enough to attempt it, because it’s kind of like close up comedy,” Kazam said.
“There is a little science to it, too, because they’re fundraisers, and somebody has to ask for the funds. Why not let it be the funny comedian that they liked instead of just the weatherman on the local TV station that shows up at the end of the day? You’ve got to find a way to make these things special and unique.”
Kazam likens his role to a wedding disc jockey, a guy who “holds the whole thing together.”
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