A comedian coming to Cocopah Casino had better think twice before peppering his routine with any cracks about his wife.
She's his opening act that night.
Local fans of standup comedy will likely recognize Brian McKim and Traci Skene from their appearance in season seven of NBC's “Last Comic Standing.” In addition to countless more TV shows, their comedy has been showcased at the New York Underground Comedy Festival, the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Calgary FunnyFest and the Detroit Laughs Festival.
On Saturday, July 20, the couple will step into the spotlight at Cocopah Casino. Brian McKim will be headlining for Comedy Night, with Traci Skene and Ryan Budds appearing as special guests.
“Brian is smart, original and will have everyone laughing and becoming instant fans,” said John Giles, marketing director at Cocopah Casino. “Traci's quick wit and hilarious modern outlook on traditional social morals and modern feminism will keep everyone laughing.”
Brian McKim appeared as a semi-finalist on “Last Comic Standing” and has shared his deadpan humor on TV shows such as “Star Search,” “Evening at the Improv,” and “Comic Strip Live.”
In 1999 McKim and Traci Skene created the standup comedy website SHECKYmagazine.com. The Wall Street Journal lauded the site as a “rare, behind-the-curtain glimpse into the amount of work, travel and failure that any standup who embarks on a professional career can expect to endure.”
The couple also teamed up to write a book called “The Comedy Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Comedians.”
Skene writes a humorous blog called “Road Atlas Shrugged” and is a regular contributor to US Weekly's “Fashion Police” feature.
Ryan Budds made his break into show business by winning the “Open for Dennis Miller” comedy contest in Chicago. Since then he's opened for lots of big names in comedy, including Zach Galifianakis, Christopher Titus and Bobcat Goldthwait.
Budds has also done quite a bit of acting. He's appeared on shows such as “Bones,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Arrested Development” and “How I Met Your Mother.” He also starred in a full-length comedy pilot called “Life Support” that featured some of Chicago's biggest comics and actors.
He recently optioned a feature length comedy titled “Colorful” for Nickelodeon star Keke Palmer's production company.
“Ryan is just great,” Giles said. “He has opened and cut his teeth under some of the biggest names in comedy and brings his youthful energy and humor to Cocopah.”
The trio of comics will perform at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20. People must be 21 years or older to attend.