I love when comedians whip out the guitar and sing funny songs. Even more so when they do it during times that are usually designated for family – like Christmas. Tommy Gimler does just that; he sings funny songs and they have Christmas themes. I recently sat down with him.
Q – Thanks for doing this.
A - No, thank you. I would also like to thank my parents for that hot summer night's passion in July of 1977 that was responsible for me being here today.
Q – Real quick, how did you get into stand-up?
A - I lost a bet. If I would have won, I would have been a gay porn star.
Q – Describe your act for those yet to discover you.
A - Basically, picture a guy with leukemia in a tuxedo with a cello, flute, and jigsaw singing Christian favorites to a group of Asian kids. Now picture the exact opposite, and that is my act.
Q – You incorporate a lot of music into your act. What is it about comedians wanting to be musicians? Did you want to go into music initially?
A - I picked up a guitar my sophomore year of college to help score babes. Since my father never beat me and I've never let a girl break my heart, I decided to write songs about mustache rides, short buses, and soap in my peehole. You know songs from the heart.
Q – When writing material do you go about writing songs versus stand-up material differently or do you take the same approach?
A - I usually go about it the same way. I write about what I see and what I experience in my everyday life. The only difference would be that my songs are pretty much in your face and don't require a lot of thinking (aka University of South Carolina). My regular stand-up involves jokes where the punch line might not be as obvious and require a little more thought (aka Harvard).
Q – The holiday season is coming up and you have a few Christmas songs that relate to your mother being a whore and wanting the clap for Christmas. What’s the response been with the crowd when you do these songs live?
A - Wanting the clap? Are there people out there who want the clap? Hahahahaha. The song is about why someone might be mad instead of jolly at Christmas time, and I could see that as a pretty good reason to be pissed at the holidays. The crowd response is great. I have another song called "Christmas Time" that doesn't crack a joke until roughly the two-minute mark. The crowd is usually stunned like, "Holy s*#t! Gimler just wrote a serious tune?" And then I drop the line about walking in on my wife getting plowed my two dudes on Christmas Eve, and the laughter always follows.
Q – You’re from Wisconsin. Has Brett Favre ever texted you pictures of his junk?
A - I wish. I hear they can fetch a pretty penny these days. Plus, I could look at them every morning as a confidence boost knowing that I am carrying around quite a bit more than one of the greatest QB's of all time.
Q – Thanks again for taking the time. Is there anything you wanted to add?
A - Thank you. I feel like I just had multiple orgasms. Get my funny songs at iTunes or if you send me a picture of your boobs, I might send you a freebie. Not you, mom. All Three of Tommy Gimler’s comedy Chirstmas songs can be downloaded on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.