A bittersweet farewell to Frank M. Reid at Bethel AME
Music & Nightlife

In their words

Special to baltimoresun.com

"It's intoxicating. If you do well and you're up there for 10 minutes, people are going to tell you that they like you 30 times by laughing."
--Joe Robinson

"Baltimore audiences can be anything and everything. It is a study in extremes. Black, white, rich, poor, blue collar, white collar, urban, redneck, hippies, college kids, old people, intellectuals, bohemians, NASCAR, hip-hop, metal heads, punk, gothic, old school, you name it. And every last one of them wants to escape. They want to have a good time and a drink (or 6)."
--Larry XL

"In the late '80s, they had buck-a-yuck shows. It was six comedians for $6. I would host those shows."
--Joe Recca

"I loved the idea of being able to make people laugh just by talking or acting goofy. When I found out I could make money doing it, it was a lot easier than swinging a hammer or, you know, working."
--Mickey Cucchiella

"Just before I got into comedy, I was at a crossroads in my life. I was beginning training for Full Contact Fighting. I liked the effect of making people laugh more than inflicting pain I guess."
--John "Spider" Lutz

"I kind of joked my way through school and never took much seriously, but then you start really getting into it. I just don't like working for people and being told what to do."
--Doug Powell

"You get to perform and feel like you're a superstar in your own town."
--Timmy Hall

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