Doug Key has made a splash in the Rhode Island comedy scene on just a few short years. He will be competing in the Treehouse Comedy Festival Semi Finals, while also being the face of the FireHouse Theater in Newport's monthly comedy night.
Starting at open mics in Providence and Newport, Doug has quickly risen through the ranks and now opens for some of the bigger names in Comedy whether at Catch a Rising Star, Comedy Connection, or recently for Ben Hague on a tour of Florida's Gulf Coast.
Taking observational comedy to the next level, Doug has his audiences begging for more with stories from his day job as a physical therapist, to the awkward moments of deciding to buy, or not to buy a tube of bedroom lubrication. Doug Key will certaintly be one to watch!
Our Comedy Contributor Ben Hague caught up with Doug and learned about how he got into comedy, some behind-the-scenes stories, and more.
Ben Hague: How did you get into comedy?
Doug Key: So many things that I've been through in my life weren't funny - quite serious actually. The problem was that I never took them seriously. I needed a vehicle to channel that carelessness into a career. Stand Up was that vehicle. That sad, hunk of crap vehicle.
BH: What was the first time you said "Im officially a comic."?
DK: It wasn't until I was about a year and half in that I had my first double header. I remember driving to the second gig and thinking to myself, "Hey, I'm really working right now!" And also, "Thank God I can redeem myself because that first set tanked!"
BH: Tell us a funny story from the road.
DK: I did a few shows with fellow comics Ben Hague and Martin Montana in St. Petersburg, Florida at Coconuts Comedy Club. The club only gave them one room because I was a late addition to the shows. There were only 2 beds. We called a maintenance guy to bring up a cot which conveniently fit snugly into the small walk-in closet. I had my own little room which I thought wasn't that bad until every conversation I shared with a young lady was interjected with Ben or Martin, making it a point to inform said young lady that I was sleeping in the closet and that they had to see it to believe it. It wasn't as inviting as it sounded.
The night after our last show together, Martin and Ben left for Ft. Lauderdale for a show by themselves, and I was left without anywhere to stay 2 days before my flight home out of Tampa. Martin's Uncle Pete generously offered me to stay with him and his wife Denise at their beautiful home in Tampa. They took me fishing, treated me to dinner, and gave me my own room with a queen size mattress not in a closet! The whole time, I was sending Ben and Martin pictures of my luxurious stay with Martin's family. I thought that was revenge enough for busting my chops over the closet cot, but then they told me that their show in Ft. Launderdale was cancelled due to lack of ticket sales. I LOL'd.
BH: What's your current favorite YouTube video?
DK: Dead Kevin - Dirty Dishes (warning: strong language)
Ben Hague - Comedy Contributor
Winner of the 2006 "Catch a New Rising Star" competition, Ben is a local comedian who can be seen touring across the nation. Through his network of professional and up & coming performers he is able to spotlight these talents for Cumulus Providence. Keep up with Ben at benhague.com.
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