I write a wrestling column every Monday and Friday for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review which can be found online at TribLIVE.com.
Mick Foley once got full arenas to explode in cheers by doing moves he describes would force someone to turn to their friend and say “that had to hurt.” Foley now gets full comedy clubs to explode in cheers by turning to their friend and saying “that was funny.”
A show that sold out in such a quick time it even surprised Foley, his first stand-up comedy show in Pittsburgh took place this past week at the Comedy Improv.
If you're not a wrestling fan, this show isn't for you. That's what's discussed and appropriately so.
I was fortunate enough to have dinner before the show with Foley, Dominic DeNucci — the man who trained Foley — and a few others. In that dinner, Foley said how the comedians who have been professionals far longer than him are the guys who tell dirty jokes or do observational comedy. Foley sticks with what people want to hear him talk about.
Foley's act is a cross between a traditional comedy set and a wrestling shoot interview.
The shoot interview style is there as Foley took us through some timeline of events in his career as well as matches, behind-the-scenes stories and opinions. There wasn't the negativity or bitterness that often comes with shoot interviews. He wasn't bashing anyone, except Al Snow in traditional Foley fashion, and he didn't complain about what should have been.