Dwight York

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The Joke Joint Comedy Club

801 Sibley Memorial Hwy.
Lilydale, MN 55118

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: West St. Paul

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"I'm slowing down," says comedian Dwight York. "I guess that happens as a comic gets older." He then rattles off a string of projects and gigs that he's involved in. "Instead of chasing every crappy one-nighter, I've been trying to orchestrate that one big career break. I'm always working on the next big idea." One of those big ideas was releasing a joke book, titled More from the Vile File: 500 Sick Jokes. Despite what the title suggests, it's not complete filth. "It's the best jokes of my 25-year career that are dirty. They're my dick jokes. It's geared toward that sophomoric sense of humor." Unlike many such collections, this one is entirely original. The comic, who has been known to start his set with the words, "I hope you like jokes," can tell upward of 175 of them in an hour-long set. And while it may seem like he's firing them off at random, there's a method to his madness. "I piece them together in large chunks," he explains. "There's a little bit of leeway. Obviously if the crowd wants a dirtier show, I'll do dirtier. If they want a cleaner show, I'll leave some of those jokes out. I have to kind of put them in certain spots." Some setups work well together, and allow the show to flow more evenly. "Sometimes the joke before sets up the next joke, but then you don't want to do too many jokes on the same topic because it telegraphs the punchline." Jenn Schaal opens. 18+.
July 25-27, 8 p.m.; July 26-27, 10:30 p.m., 2013

 
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