KenBarnard.com - The official website of funnyman Ken Barnard - About
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Ken Barnard has been doing comedy for more than 9 years.He has performed at the Comedy Central Stage, Caroline's on Broadway, Just For Laughs Chicago and at festivals around the world.
Ken won the 2008 Chicago Comedy Award for Most Innovative Performer, came in second place at the 2006 Andy Kaufman Award Contest, and was named "Best of the Midwest" at the Detroit Comedy Festival.He has been described as "a promising skinny oddball" by the London Evening Standard and "Chicago's best stand-up prankster" by Metroblog.
Ken has worked with several notable artists including Maria Bamford, Bo Burnham, Andy Kindler, Emo Phillips, Carl Reiner, Andy Richter, Kristen Schaal, The Sklar Brothers, Judy Tenuta and Reggie Watts.
Ken practices what he calls Performance Comedy, a combination of stand-up comedy and performance art. He fuses absurd theatrics with props and music to create an engaging entertainment experience that saturates the senses.
Ken was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - the City of Champions. He currently resides in Hollywood, California. Besides being a comedian, Ken is also an actor, improviser, vocalist, writer and Native American.
Q & A
Ken Barnard sat down with KenBarnard.com to talk shop and answer a few questions
Q: How would you describe your comedy style?
do Performance Comedy, it's a combination of stand-up comedy and performance
Q:Why do you call it Performance Comedy?
A: Well, it's a combination of stand-up comedy and
performance art, so I took the word "performance" from "performance art" and the word "comedy"
from "stand-up comedy" and put them together.
Q: Did you ever consider calling it something else, like Stand-up Art?
Q: So what is Performance Comedy like?
A: Performance Comedy is more than jokes. I use
props and music to create absurd and surprising scenarios.
Q: How did you start doing Performance Comedy?
A: I've always believed that
entertainment does not have to be restricted by rules or parameters.
Just because I am a solo comedy act, that does not mean I can't use
props or costumes to get a laugh. If I can make something weird and
memorable happen, I'd rather do that - not just jokes.
Q: And why do you
always capitalize Performance Comedy?
Q: I don't know. (laughs) Because it's more pretentious that way?
Q: Who are your comedic influences?
Q: Andy Kaufman and Steve Martin are my... Um, why are you listing my answers under 'Q' now?
A: I got confused
because you answered my question with a question. Don't worry,
I'll fix that before we publish this to the website.
Q: It makes the Q & A difficult to follow, though. Are you sure you don't want to change them now?
Q: Wait ... Yes, you don't want to change them now? Or, yes, you will change them now?
A: I am not going to change them now.
Q: Okay. Now I'm confused. Who am I? Ken Barnard or KenBarnard.com?