Veteran Boston comic Robert Kelly takes on old-school NoVA theater

The comedian, who does not shy away from life’s ups and downs, is bringing his latest riffs on life to Arlington this weekend.

Robert Kelly
Photo courtesy of Robertkellylive.com

By Josh Weiner

You may have seen Boston comedian Robert Kelly on HBO, Comedy Central or the sitcom series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and Louie. Maybe caught him in Trainwreck or Good Luck Chuck? Or maybe doing stand-up at New York’s Comedy Cellar? The comedian, who does not shy away from life’s ups and downs, is bringing his latest riffs on life to Arlington this month. // May 20 at 7:30 p.m. & May 21 at 7 p.m., Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

What is your background in stand-up comedy?
I’ve been doing it for over 20 years now. I came from Boston, went to New York, did a tiny little step in LA and came back to New York to become a better stand-up, just because of the talent pool that was there.

What about stand-up spoke to you?
Comedy is a weird thing, man. Comedy becomes that girl you really like, or a drug. Learning how to get laughs, and good laughs, and respectable laughs, is addictive. Once you do it, if you’re meant to be a stand-up, you’ll never not do it.

Are there any topics that you particularly enjoy?
My topics change every time. I do a routine because I’m in a different part of life. Stuff I was talking about on my first routine is goofy, crazy, silly, single-guy shit. Now, it’s a little more dark … but that’s my job.

What were your impressions when you first performed at the Arlington Drafthouse?
I loved it. Old theaters are just great to do shows in, you know. It’s a nice, cool, interesting place to do comedy.

(May 2016)

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