I asked Geoff what he missed about Northside when he is in LA he said, “being able to walk down the street and just run into your family or friends.”
Northside is a community bursting with talent and artistry. Musicians, artists, writers, painters, designers, and the list goes on. One such artist is Geoff Tate and his talent is making us laugh.
You may have seen him on Comedy Central or Craig Ferguson or right in Northside at Mayday during Bomb’s Away. Geoff has been a Cincinnati comedic treasure for over ten years – you know that part of our treasure box that consists of a lot of cursing, too many cigarettes and looking homeless without actually being homeless. Geoff totes himself as a kind of dirt bag but I once heard him called a barroom hero and I think that’s a better fit. You know the type, he’s in the bar and he’s drank enough that someone starts to draw a phallic cartoon on his chest, but suddenly he springs to life to put some jerk giving the waitress a hard time in his place. And oh can he put a jerk in his place. Awhile back Twitter exploded with comedians retweeting a picture of Geoff forcing a heckler to apologize to a crowd for disrupting the show.
When he is not on the road Geoff splits his time between Northside and Los Angeles. He rented a room in Los Angeles at the beginning of the year and uses LA as his western hub and Northside as his eastern hub.
I asked Geoff what he missed about Northside when he is in LA he said, “being able to walk down the street and just run into your family or friends.” He was first drawn to Northside because there are so many great businesses close together, or as he more eloquently put it “everything you need is on that street.” He listed those “needs” as coffee, bars, and a record store. His favorite of those businesses is the record store, Shake It. “What I want is records and I can get any record I want at Shake It. If they don’t have it they’ll order it.” He even shot the cover of his new album, as a Tom Petty homage, in the basement of Shake It.
Geoff originally got into comedy because it seemed fun. He and his brother watched stand-up together growing up but he didn’t know how to get started. Finally he saw an open mic and realized you do not have to be the best (in fact you could be terrible) to go up, he figured out how to get on stage, and the rest is history. Fast forward to present day and a polished Geoff Tate captivates audiences with his anecdotal stories of drug use, or his observational comedy like pointing out idiocy of commercials (“Coors Light just tells you it’s cold”).
One can see Geoff headline a number of clubs across the country or opening for comics such as Bill Burr and Doug Stanhope, or as a regular guest on one of Doug Benson’s podcasts. Geoff also recently started his own podcast called Afternoon, Everybody! in which he discusses his favorite thing, Cheers, and whichever thing is the favorite of his guest. You can hear more about Geoff and his obsession with Cheers straight from the source on Afternoon, Everybody! and download his latest album, Just Another Clown (released July 2014) on iTunes.
By Lindsay Cavagnaro