“There are colorful stories about unique characters that transcend wrestling. For example, Tim Allen’s humor may have been based around the dad and handyman, but clearly his audience was not solely comprised of dads who are handymen. While my show is tailored to the wrestling fan, it’s an enjoyable night out for those who are willing to take that plunge.”
The stand-up game very much reminds him of wrestling in that you respect anybody who takes their mic and gives it their best effort.
“Getting up on that stage feels so much like being in the ring, in both the best ways possible and the worst ways possible,” Foley said. “When everything is going right as I believe it will be when I’m in South Florida, it feels like being in the ring without the physical ramifications. On nights, especially early on, when things are not going well, it can be as painful as any bad match I’ve had. I respect anybody who gets up, but I try not to let other comics influence what I do.
“I realize that at a certain point those influences were showing through in a way that was not beneficial to my show. I love going out and watching comics doing their thing. I had a great time watching Jay Mohr a few weeks ago. I went to see Louis C.K. tear the house down. I think when I see those guys and realize how good they are, it further clarifies my goal of giving people a fun and entertaining evening without trying to be a better stand-up than the guys who have been doing it 20 years.”
Maybe inspired by Foley’s own success from putting himself out there in another form of the entertainment business, WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler has shown some interest in the art of humor. The “Show Off” may be next to follow in the legend’s footsteps.
“Dolph is a different situation because he is a real student of comedy,” Foley said. “He is a fanatic. Dolph was actually going to make his debut at my show in Phoenix a couple of months ago. I realized he was a little trepiditious about it. I took him aside and said, ‘A couple of nights from now you are going to be in front of 78,000 fans at WrestleMania, right?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘And you are going to be fine out there, right?’ He said, ‘Oh yeah.’ I said, ‘Okay, but 300 people in Phoenix?’ He said, ‘Brother, I’m terrified.’
“So I told him, especially when he won the World heavyweight championship, that your first time behind a mic probably shouldn’t be when he is announced and people are likely to have a camcorder or two going. So he has done a couple of open mics, very low key. He said he has enjoyed them and done well. So Dolph may be a guy who because of his love of the art could have great second career years from now when he has hung up the boots.”
[Ziggler’s brother, former WWE NXT superstar Briley Pierce, has a comic improve background.]
Foley is doing a show after SummerSlam at the Hollywood Improv in LA. Proceeds from the “Post SummerSlam Jam” will benefit RAINN, an anti-sexual assault organization that the star has been very active and supportive. WWE talent William Regal has already confirmed his participation in the Q&A portion of the evening. Others Foley friends are expected to be added.