"Don't Be A Hack": 10 Tips for Aspiring Comics with John Wessling

John Wessling has been a professional comic since 1995, spending time in Kansas City, Des Moines and Los Angeles. The married father of two also heads up the Houston Comedy Union, which holds weekly open mikes and events at the Baker St. Pub & Grill location in Rice Village on Sunday and Monday nights. The group just finished up this year's edition of the Houston's Funniest Person Contest, with newcomer Matthew Broussard taking the top honor. Wessling asked me and my girlfriend to judge a round or two of the month-long proceedings.

Wessling was the house MC at the Hollywood Improv from 2001 to 2004, competed on Last Comic Standing in 2003, was a regular at the Laugh Factory and Comedy Store, and did two years at the Montreal Comedy Festival. He was also seen on Fox's Free Ride for a bit too. Today he does sports radio here in Houston.

"I co-host Houston Gameday with Anson Ainsworth on ESPN 97.5 on Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon, and since they just bought our station, I'm about to start hosting weekend shows on 1560 The Game and Yahoo Sports Radio next week," he says.

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Craig Hlavaty
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