Have Some Serious Fun Comedians Will Be Taking over Howlers Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield for the Noodlebowl Comedy Show

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Have Some Serious Fun Comedians Will Be Taking over Howlers Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield for the Noodlebowl Comedy Show


Majors, Dan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Krish Mohan takes this comedy thing very seriously.

"I enjoy making people laugh. That's why I got involved in it," he said. "I was talking to another comedian the other day and I said, 'I don't think we should be called comedians anymore. We should be called "happiness engineers."' That's kind of what we do. For a brief moment, we bring joy and happiness to other people.

"Tonight, for example, the 23-year-old graphic designer from Scott is hosting the Noodlebowl Comedy Show at Howlers Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield.

Four local comedians -- Zach Funk, Dan Jenniches, Mark McCall and Jeff Konkle -- will be joining Mr. Mohan in what he described as "a showcase" of aspiring merry-makers.

"There's a ton of local comics around, and I wanted to do something to bring the comedy scene up front at different venues," he said. "I approached Howlers because it's the perfect setting for comedy. It's a small room, so you can get intimate with the audience.

"I figured this would be a great way for the comedians to work out some good material and for people to have a really good time. For only $5."

Not like there's a shortage of places to find laughter.

"The local comedy scene in Pittsburgh is huge," Mr. Mohan said. "There's an open mic pretty much every night of the week, so comedians can get out and work on their material.

"It's kind of a little bit underground. Each location has its own following, so there's plenty of people coming out to see comedy. But it's not in the forefront in everybody's mind.

"My goal was to have one or two locations with monthly shows. That way every month there's four fresh faces for people to see."

Mr. Mohan is one of those fresh faces himself. Sure, he has a full-time day job as a graphic designer, but there's just something about that stage, that microphone and that spotlight ...

"I'm a comedian, too," he said. "I've been doing comedy since I was 15. I like it, I think, honestly, because I get to talk. I think comedians are a little bit selfish and we want the limelight, we want people to pay attention to what we're talking about. And, of course, we want people to laugh and have a good time."

This is the second Noodlebowl. Mr. Mohan hosted the first one in March at Senor Frog's in Dormont. It went pretty well, he said.

"Essentially, each show that I book has a theme," he said. "Whether it's a style or similar material that sort of keeps the show together. …

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