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Thirty One

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Uproar Entertainment

Date: November 2015

Duration: 0 hours 47 minutes

Summary:

After winning the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2012, Michael Malone embarked on his "Even Fish Have Fathers" cross country comedy tour with one goal in mind - a new, very personal hour of material. The tour combined all elements of Malone's success: his energy, character driven comedy and hard-hitting punchlines. He used the tour to explore the animated characters that raised him following the death of his father when he was twelve years old. He captured the kooky antics of being raised by a single mom, his "Grampire," and 200 year old step-father, Wayne.

The following January, however, Michael's step-father unexpectedly passed away and brought the tour to a halt. Less than a week after the funeral, Malone was on stage again, but this time the energy was different. He became more honest and raw as he explored his grief with humor and worked to honor Wayne's memory on a nightly basis. Suddenly he was tapping into what he'd been chasing for eleven years on the road: honesty and true connection with the audience.

This larger than life performer already had a top ten bestselling album on iTunes, was featured on the Bob and Tom Show (Radio/TV), XM Radio, WGN, The CW. Opening up on stage in this new way earned him additional accolades such as Campus Activities Magazine's "Top Comedy Performer of 2013" and "Hot Comic to Watch in 2013." He also landed showcases and pitch meetings with MTV, Comedy Central, and a recording contract with Uproar Records.

My idols include Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks. They both embody the authenticity, said Malone. "I really admire Hicks and the way he was able to talk so honestly about his family and his misery without missing the joke in all of it." "It's really exciting to bring this to the stage. I feel like this is my most honest hour yet, and the material is full of my struggles with life's challenges that everyone can relate to," said Malone.

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