FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’S CHRIS KAEL Says His Stand-Up Debut Was “A Lot Of Fun”


FIVE-FINGER DEATH bassist and longtime resident of Las Vegas Chris Kael made his stand-up debut on July 21 as part of “Punchlines & Backlines” to the famous Count’s Vamp’d, which belongs to Story chain “Counting Cars” host Danny Count Koker and his wife Korie Koker.

“Punchlines & Backlines”which is the creation of the comedian and writer Courtney Cronin-Dold (Corey Taylor and Dee Snider roasts, “Wayne Brady Show”, MTV) and is co-produced by Izzy Presley (Metal edge magazines “Another FN Podcast” / Rock Monsters Cruise), is a unique show that not only features seasoned stand-up comedians, but also features a musician doing stand-up for the very first time.

Asked in a new interview with the “Always Black” podcast how his first stand-up comedy gig went, Kael said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was fun, man – it was a lot of fun. Given the opportunity to try new things…I have a good friend in Craig Gasswho is on “The Howard Stern Show”; it makes a lot of impressions and so on. He’s an actor; he does professional tours all the time. And whenever we hang out together, he’s always, like, ‘Man, you’re so funny. You should try. And I’m, like, ‘Ahhh. Cool. No matter.’ But then I saw Dave Chappelle at the MGM Grand [in Las Vegas] and I watched it, one person in the middle of a stage, having the whole crowd work with everyone hanging on that person’s word, and I was, like, ‘My God. It’s powerful. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I have that in me. Because I’m good at what I do, but I’m on stage with four of my brothers, four of my friends who can help me if I’m having a bad day or whatever, or if I help them. And we have pyro, we have lights, lasers, explosions, volume. Yes, you can captivate a crowd with this. But to try the challenge of a man with a microphone in the middle of a room… It was also a rock club, so it wasn’t even a comedy hall, which probably worked better for me, honestly . A rock crowd will be, like, ‘Yeah, we don’t care what you say. Let’s go.’ But I got good feedback. Some people recited some of the jokes I told on stage after I got off stage… I’ve had a lot of people say to me, “Is this your first time? And I’m, like, ‘Yeah, I just jumped up and did it.’ [Laughs]”

Kael went on to lament the lack of video footage of his comedy debut, saying, “I had it all set up where someone was supposed to tape the set, and drama happened early in the show. This person was telling someone else about whatever happened. So I got on stage. And it worked – it was fun – but I guess there’s worse than not having of footage from your very first online comedy show.

When asked if stand-up was something he planned to do again in the future, Kael said: “Of course. I’m really excited about it. I have so many stories of being in this group and living this lifestyle, I kind of open the door, just like I do on Instagram or whatever. I’m that dude who got lucky in that insanely high profile bassist gig in an insanely successful hard rock/metal band. And I still feel like I’m the same dude, so i love to open that door and let people in and see what it’s like to have literally been brought out of the dark behind a bar in las vegas to tell all the stories that i can tell now being part of this band and traveling around the world.”

Some other notable players who have taken the “Punchlines & Backlines” scene are Kip Winger (WING),Chad Stewart (FASTER PUSSYCAT),Todd Kern (SLASH WITH MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS) and Jason Christopher (PROG, MINISTRY).

In the past, the show has featured headliners Craig Gass and Don Jamieson (“That Metal Show”).

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