Dave Attell on Why Older Crowds Are Better Than Young Ones

Are you looking to go see a huge production involving costumes, complex special effects, and several musical numbers? Then you should stay away from Stand Up Live on April 24 and 25. If you want to see some old school raunchy comedy, definitely head there to see Dave Attell perform for two nights.

"It's not some big spectacle like Lion King or Frozen or something. I'm just an old guy trying to pay my mortgage by telling some dick jokes," Attell says.

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If you're into old guys telling dick jokes, then you probably know that the New Yorker's been working on his form for nearly three decades now. Of course, during the last 28 years or so, Attell has seen the comedic world evolve from the stand-up of old to the viral Internet videos of today.

"There are probably more comedy fans now than there were before, but there's also a lot more content now," Attell says. "Before, it was just people who were actually doing comedy on stage, now it's people with funny skateboard videos or doing parody songs on the web. There's a lot more product and content, maybe even too much content now."

Aside from the Internet bringing more competition into the industry, the birth of social media has also forced comedians like Attell to constantly promote themselves. Although Attell admits that he's "not much of a Twitter guy," the veteran comic has recently had to boost his web presence to keep up with the competition.

"The biggest change since I started is the web. Twitter and Facebook are so important now," Attell says. "When I started out, it was just morning radio and maybe an interview with a newspaper to promote your show. Now, it's promoting 24/7 just to get people to see you live. I think bands and movies have the same problem. It's got to be an event to get people to go out and see something live."

Attell isn't terribly keen on the full-time job of marketing his shows all-day everyday, but he still manages to draw audiences all over the country. Part of his success is undoubtedly from his longtime fans, who both understand and appreciate his style of comedy.

"I'm not as dirty as I used to be, but I like that my crowd knows humor. Older crowds can be better crowds, because the younger crowd might be better at listening and judging, but they're not as good at laughing. Older crowds laugh instead of judge," Attell says.

"I always have a good time in Phoenix, even though it has a really early last call," he says. "Last time I was in Phoenix, there was a free live rap concert in town on the same night, and I still managed to sell tickets."

Normally, Attell's selling point for his shows is his humor, but considering that he's visiting the Valley at the beginning of the summer, he knows what the most important part of the show might be.

"The one thing I want people to know is that it'll be air conditioned. The room will definitely have air conditioning."

Attell will be performing April 24 and 25 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. each night. Tickets cost $30 and are available on Stand Up Live's website.

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Josh Chesler
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