"I was a silly kid," explains comedian Warren B. Hall. Like most kids in the '80s, he watched Eddie Murphy-era Saturday Night Live. However, it wasn't until he saw Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop that Hall had an epiphany. "I was like, 'I want to do that' — that style of fast-talking and making stuff up on the fly," he says. "That film must have inspired a whole generation of comics. It had to have." Similarly, Hall also likes to interact with his audiences, but he tries to strike an equal balance between crowd work and written material. "I can go both ways," he insists. "I think people like when you can go off the top of your head and talk about some guy's shirt, or you find out he's a plumber and you work that back in as a tag later on." Life at home has been a recent source of material as well. "I just moved in with my girlfriend and her five-year-old son, and that comedy writes itself," he says. As far as what else he's been talking about regularly onstage, Hall says he's figured out what women want from men. "I have people come up to me after the show all the time now and say, 'You're right!'" Of course, he's not going to give it away in City Pages. To find out Hall's discovery, you'll have to go see him this week at the Joke Joint.
May 10-12, 8 p.m.; May 11-12, 10:30 p.m., 2012