While Robert Kelly liked comedy as a kid, it was never his goal to become a standup comedian. He had more immediate concerns. "I was a juvenile delinquent," he explains. "I was in rehab at 15," he adds with a laugh. "I think not being in grown-up jail was my goal. That was a dream of mine." The young Kelly found himself in juvenile detention for ripping off a pizza place, and stealing a gumball machine. "Stupid stuff," he says. "How much credibility can you have doing that?" His sense of humor kept him out of trouble while he was serving his time, but the idea of being a comedian didn't come until much later. "I was in college to be an art teacher, and we did a talent show. Me, Dane Cook, and this other guy," he explains. "The accolades and attention performing brought was the thing that got me off. I was hooked." Kelly ditched his career plans and went into comedy. "I've always looked for the job that gives more back than you put into it, and at first comedy was that." Now, of course, Kelly is a hardworking headliner. Married and with a baby on the way, he wants to be home more. "I actually built a life from comedy." That life has inspired some new material. "I've been having sex for selfish reasons all these years. For what? To make a goofy face for six seconds? Now I'm trying to make a baby. Then I worried I might not be able to because I was a selfish douchebag." Kelly knows others have plied these waters, but feels his unique voice and perspective can bring a new dimension to the subject. "It's definitely edgy," he states. "I couldn't do it on Conan." 18+; 21+ later shows.
April 4-5, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 5, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., April 6, 9:30 p.m.; April 6-7, 7 p.m., 2013
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