Though he confidently calls his act "intelligently warped," Mike Storck wasn't always sure a comedian's life was for him.
He bounced between several jobs before realizing stand-up was his "true calling." "I've been able to turn my love of laughter into a full-time career," said the 36-year-old Parkville resident. He's been on the road for 10 years, touring across the United States and Canada, and his last gig is five shows Thursday through Saturday at Magooby's Joke House in Timonium. Storck chatted with us about his comedian pet peeves, if anything is off-limits in his routine and more.
Favorite comedian working today? Eddie Izzard
Worst pet peeve? Comedians who talk in the showroom. It shows a lack of respect for the craft and gives the audience a green light to do the same. Also, not being able to pick my openers.
Song you're loving? "Elevator," by Jaffa
Your worst habit? Optimism
Trend that has exceeded its lifespan? Alternative comedy. Too many inexperienced/bad comics hide behind this label when in fact they're just bad. Something is either funny or it's not. The term "alternative comedy" applied at a time when there was a mainstream scene in L.A. that warranted an alternative.
Last movie you disliked? "Triumph of the Will 2: Summer Camp Follies"
TV show you can't get enough of? "Dr. Who." I'm officially hooked, and currently making TARDIS valve caps for my motorcycle out of Legos. After I'm done with that I'll file my taxes for 2012.
Food you hate? Green chicken
Favorite place to get a drink? Hamilton Tavern
Last great meaL you had? The full rib dinner with fries and mac and cheese at The Corner Stable. I could eat there every day.
Favorite and most-loathed fashion statements? My favorite fashion statement is, "This clothing is comfortable." I personally wear what feels good and keeps me warm. My most-loathed fashion statement is, "I'm wearing this because other people are wearing this." I love how some people attempt to be unique by dressing in the exact same fashion as everyone else who's trying to be unique.
Comedic Influences? I don't really claim any influences, but I've always liked Bill Hicks, Dana Gould, Eddie Izzard, Brian Regan, Tom Myers and Emo Phillips.
Best advice you ever received? "U.S. border agents don't have a sense of humor. Put that away."
Any subjects off-limits in your stand-up? No, I think anything has the potential to be examined and made funny, and sometimes it's the very things that we're touchy about that need it the most.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? I like that when I travel, no one messes with me because of Baltimore's reputation. People just assume that I'm a gun-slinging murderer because I live here.
AS TOLD TO JORDAN BARTEL