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Dan Cummins

Though he was an admitted class clown, Dan Cummins never had a burning desire to become a stand-up comedian. “I was more like back-of-the-room smartass,” he recalls. “I have one memory in the fourth grade of some classmate saying, ‘You’re like Bill Cosby.’ I didn’t even listen to [Cosby], which was funny.” Ironically, just last year, that same classmate attended the taping of Cummins’s one-hour special in Spokane, Wash., the adopted hometown for both. Cummins arrived in the eastern Washington city from neighboring Idaho to attend Gonzaga University. While attending school, he worked in a sketch troupe and also played in a rock band. It wasn’t until after college that he gave stand-up a try. “I went back the next week, and since there wasn’t a lot of competition in Spokane, I got a lot of stage time—and then I kind of fell into it.” (P.F. Wilson) Dan Cummins @ Wiseguys Comedy Café, 505 S. 600 East, Trolley Square, 801-532-5233, May 19-21, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 7:30 & 10 p.m., $10.

Date: May 19, 2011
Time: 7 p.m.
Phone: 801-532-5233
Address: 650 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 84102
Where: Wiseguys Trolley Square