on the road
They say the waiting is the hardest part, and when you’re a stand-up with dreams of your own headlining tour, truer words have never been spoken.
But if you’re Matt Ingebretson, Dave Ross and Jake Weisman, you don’t sit around waiting to get booked — you do it yourself, and take the opportunity to turn your week-long tour into a bromantic road trip across the Southwest.
Say hello to Feelings (A Comedy Tour), a six-show stint that takes three friends from Los Angeles to Texas and back, via Phoenix and Albuquerque.
Ross and Weisman are both involved with Tosh.0, and both are co-hosts of popular podcasts (the sweet and dirty Sex Nerd Sandra and porn-centric The Morning After, respectively). Ingebretson, a UT alum and former editor of humor mag The Texas Travesty, is a frequent contributor to Funny or Die and a writer for The Tommy Wi-Show who just made his debut at the Bridgetown Comedy Fest.
The trio appears at The New Movement Theater in Austin on Tuesday, May 29 (more info here), and you can also follow their progress on Twitter @feelingstour, and @davetotheross, @weismanjake and @mattingebretson.
We talked to ex-Austinite Ingebretson to learn more about the trio’s shows (see what they have to say themselves in the tour trailer, below):
So how did you, Dave and Jake meet each other?
We met doing comedy around LA. Dave runs one of the best shows in town called Holy Fuck at the Downtown Independent Theater, and Jake and I have been on the show a handful of times. I think we all connected and became friends over our manic obsession with comedy and all of the infinite loops of depression, self-doubt and total elation that come from thinking and doing comedy every single day of the week.
How did you know you wanted to tour together?
We knew we wanted to tour with each other because we all like each others’ comedy and don’t hate each other. That’s sort of an important part of any friendship — not hating each other, and we do that swimmingly. You might almost say that we like each other. Or maybe even love. We love each other. We’re going to get three-way married once gay marriage is legalized in California and they relax their laws on three-way marriages. Also we might throw a cat into the mix. We’re going to get four-way married with a cat.
I think we all connected and became friends over our manic obsession with comedy and all of the infinite loops of depression, self-doubt and total elation that come from thinking and doing comedy every single day of the week.
Where did the idea for The Feelings Tour come from?
Dave and I had just done a show together and were sitting at a diner in Los Feliz called Fred 62 at midnight — Dave was eating ice cream because he has no respect for his body — and we started talking about how it might be fun to do a tour. And Jake’s a good friend of ours and is hilarious so we asked him. We all mostly do shows in LA and wanted to stretch our legs a bit. In LA most sets are eight minutes, so it’s a treat to be able to do longer sets outside the city.
What was the process of booking your own shows like?
The New Movement Theater is sponsoring the tour, and they helped book some of the shows. We booked the other shows just by reaching out through comedy friends and getting in touch with small theaters and dive bars. I think a lot of bar owners are catching on that comedy is a cool thing to have at their venues, so they basically just book comedians the same way they would a band.
Do you have any side trips planned?
We are going to stay at my parent’s house in Houston and stay up all night looking at my old yearbook photos and giggling.
What are you up to these days (when you're not doing stand-up)?
I am creating a new web series called Matt’s Game Chamber and putting up a half-hour sketch show at UCB. And when I find the time, Funny or Die is kind enough to pay me to write things for them. I also spend a lot of time eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon.
Dave and Jake are both in the sketch group WOMEN. Dave co-hosts the Sex Nerd Sandra podcast and Jake co-hosts The Morning After podcast. When they’re not doing that I think they both just cry a lot alone in their room
The Feelings Tour hits Austin’s New Movement on Tuesday, May 29.