Kermet Apio

"I have got a couple of bits that are maybe PG-13," explains comedian Kermet Apio, "but not dirty by any means. What you see me do on the internet is basically what I do." Born and raised in Honolulu, Apio went to college in Seattle, and that's where he got into comedy. It was a fun hobby while he worked for United Airlines in its liquor department. He quit in 1990 to pursue comedy full-time and has been a successful draw in clubs, on cruise ships, and for corporate clients ever since. He says he doesn't have to adjust much between the different kinds of audiences. Relating stories from his own life as a happily married father of two, he rarely tackles current events. "That would mean having to pay attention to things," he laughs. "I'm slow. When I work on bits it really takes me a while. I'm continually changing wording and doing different things. Whenever I try and do something topical, by the time I get it to where I want it, it's usually past the deadline." His style seems to be working. Last year he came in first at the Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson's hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska. He beat out 23 comics from across the nation to claim the top spot. 18+.
May 18-22, 8 p.m.; May 21-22, 10:30 p.m., 2010

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