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STAND-UP RUNDOWN: Stunts And Bulls

Two comedians turned to stand-up comedy after leaving unusual jobs. One was a bullrider, the other a stuntman.

by Chuck king

People toil in all kinds of professions before turning to stand-up comedy.

Examples of two of the strangest lead today’s Stand-Up Spotlight.

One comic rode bulls before picking up a microphone. The other was a stuntman. Both jobs provided plenty of material for the stage. Their stories are below.

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the Spotlight is also serving a double helping of Matt Rife news.

Be funny and celebrate.

STAND-UP SPOTLIGHT – November 20, 2023

After Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury, Gillette Bull Rider Turns To Stand-Up Comedy

STAND-UP RUNDOWN:Stand-up comedy is a lot like riding bulls, except when you fail on stage, it hurts a lot more.

“Ten thousand times worse,” said Nick Morrison.

He would know. The 40-year-old from Gillette, Wyoming, started rodeoing as a kid, turning pro on the Professional Bull Riders Tour when he was barely out of high school. By the time he was old enough to buy a Coors and a tin of chew legally, he was done. He’d been bucked off and injured more times than he could count.

Nottingham stuntman turns to comedy after life-changing injury

Stuntman Jack Butler has been stabbed, run over, knocked off a horse but nothing scares him as much as going up on stage to face his demons by talking about a life-changing injury.


The 46-year-old, of Nottingham, will use his turbulent road to recovery as material for his first stand-up comedy performance on Sunday November 12. He will be appearing at Przym on Lower Parliament Street, after a free crash course for beginners run by Ultra Comedy.

Matt Rife’s Girlfriend Is ‘Concerned’ About This Part of His Job

If you watched the TikTok comedian’s new Netflix comedy special, you might be wondering who Matt Rife’s girlfriend is and if he’s actually single.

Since then, he’s been selling out shows left and right in his ProbleMATTic world tour and appearing on shows like Wild N’ Out, where he was the youngest cast member to ever appear on the show. However, he got his big break on TikTok where he has amassed over 13 million followers and more than 2 billion views globally. The comedian announced his tour on Youtube with the help of celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.

Matt Rife Works a Crowd of His Own Making

The opening joke of Matt Rife’s Netflix special, Natural Selection, is set at a restaurant in Baltimore, a city Rife describes as “ratchet.” The hostess has a black eye, Rife tells the crowd, which prompts one of Rife’s companions to wonder why she’s been assigned to greet people instead of being moved into the kitchen where patrons can’t see her face. “Yeah,” Rife tells his friend, “but I feel like if she could cook, she wouldn’t have that black eye.” The crowd laughs loudly, shocked but also excited. That joke suggests the rest of the hour might have more of the same: danger and naughtiness and crossed lines. (And misogyny and a white guy relying on Black vernacular.) But as the first burst of laughter is still rolling, Rife says he’s “just testing the waters, seeing if y’all are gonna be fun or not … I figure if we start the show with domestic violence, the rest of the show should be smooth sailing.”

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