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To Recovery, And Beyond

Before South Florida comic Danny Fallon retires a major part of his comedy set - and his past - he decided to preserve it with a video special.

by Chuck king
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DELRAY BEACH – Danny Fallon is closing a comedy chapter.

But before doing so, he wants it publish it for all to see.

Fallon spent Friday and Saturday recording his sets in front of a sold-out audience at The Coop in Delray Beach, intent on creating a YouTube video special.

“I feel like I want to move and kind of evolve as a comic,” Fallon said. “I don’t know how much of that will come with me, but also it was work that I am proud of and made a lot of people laugh really hard. So I wanted to at least encapsulate it before I moved on.”

The first 25 minutes of Fallon’s 45-minute set on Saturday drew heavily from his time as a drug abuser, multiple attempts at recovery, and his stint as a recovery counselor.

Fallon, 29, has been drug free for eight years – double the amount of time he abused all kinds of drugs. With South Florida, and Delray Beach in particular, home to so many drug rehab facilities and programs, Fallon’s set detailing his successful journey through recovery would seem ideal entertainment for facilities interesting in using humor to aid patients.

The set delivered a subtle dose of motivation guided by humor, all without being preachy. It packed the same tone and wit that’s prompted several rehab facilities to hire Fallon as an entertainer.

“I’ll take fans where I can get them,” Fallon said. “I want to connect with whoever I can connect with. If that happens to be someone who shares a lot of my life experience then that’s fine. I don’t want to be labeled as a recovery comedian and I don’t want to be limited to that. But if I made something that works for those people who are my people as well, then yeah, I’d like to do that as well.”

Emerging from his recovery material, Fallon’s set moved effortlessly and rhythmically through the remainder of a stories and observations about relationships and other aspects of every day life.

The Coop crowd followed him on the night’s journey, laughing and applauding throughout.

“I’m not embarrassed by it or anything like that,” Fallon said of his journey. “More so. as an artist, I want to challenge myself. I want to be able to talk about other things.”

Fallon’s eager to review the video from the weekend’s show and begin the editing process, though he won’t rule another recording to ensure the edited video comes out exactly as he envisions.

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If happy with what has already been recorded, Fallon hopes to have a finished product uploaded to his YouTube site by the end of January.

“I need to look at it and see how I feel about it,” Fallon said. “I don’t know if I can put out something I’m not proud of.”

Fallon intends to continue performing throughout the editing process. As this week’s Applause Planner highlighted, on Friday he’s at the Brewhouse in Lake Park, a free show that starts at 9 p.m. The following night he’ll be at Cork and Barrel for an 8 p.m. show.

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