Though he hails from Mobile, Alabama, comedian C. Willi Myles started his comedy career in Minnesota while working as an assistant basketball coach at St. Cloud State. “I grew up in a big family,” Myles says from his home in Los Angeles. “I have nine older sisters. I was athletic. I knew early on that the only way I was going to get out of the projects was going to be through athletics.” Myles wound up at St. Cloud State, where he played defensive back. After graduating he attended training camps in the USFL and CFL, but couldn’t get past the final roster cuts. He wound up back at his alma mater as an assistant basketball coach. “I backed into comedy,” Myles says. He first took the stage after his former roommate opened a restaurant. “Upstairs he had a ballroom and he said, ‘Willi, I’m going to open a comedy club. Everyone in town knows you. Everyone loves you. You should be my emcee.’” His first sets focused on coming from warm Alabama to cold Minnesota. “My whole career was built on me talking about Minnesota.” 18+.