708 N. 1st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
Yes, Kermet Apio is aware that he has an unusual name, particularly for someone who was born in Hawaii. "My mom was trying to be cool," he explains to an audience. "'Kermet' is a Celtic word meaning 'warrior.' It's also an American word meaning 'frog,' Mom. First day of school, and they're taking attendance: 'Kermet Apio?' Every kid with a weird name is quietly going, 'Yes! It's not going to be me. Frog boy's going to get it all year long. Hey, Seamus! Hey, Sunflower! You hearing this?'" His sense of humor formed early, perhaps in part out of necessity. "I liked comedy, and when I was a kid, on Friday nights, if I did my homework, my mom would let me stay up and watch The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson," he says. "I've always been a fan of comedy, but when I was doing open mics, I never thought I'd do it as a job." A much sought-after comic for corporate shows, Apio enjoys getting back into the clubs where he can stretch his act a bit. It isn't necessarily more dirty, probably PG-13 by his estimation. Though he's interested in current events personally, he doesn't do a lot of jokes about them. Instead, he talks about his family and his life, as well as his Hawaiian heritage. "A guy came up to me after a show and said, 'Hey, Hawaiian guy. I've got a Hawaiian shirt.' Really? We call that 'a shirt.'" The gentleman explained to Apio that such shirts were back in style. "Oh good, my culture is on sale at JC Penny's." 18+.
June 10-14, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Starts: June 10. Continues through June 14, 2014