“I was funny around my friends but I wasn’t a class-clown type of guy, always looking for attention and trying to be funny,” says Bloomington native Jamie Blanchard. “I just really took to watching standup. I had a childhood friend and we’d always stay up and watch Johnny Carson, just to watch his monologue and the comedian he had on. Then we’d turn it off and go to bed.” When Comedy Central appeared on his cable TV lineup, Blanchard was in standup heaven. “I became obsessed with it.” It was a Brian Regan special that tipped the scales. “I think at the beginning I was just trying to be Brian Regan for the first two years I did standup,” he laughs. “But I eventually found my own voice. You just have to find out who you are, what makes you unique and funny, and bring that to the stage.” 21+.