The Elks Lodge in Scottsbluff is bringing the funny to the Panhandle with their show “The Voice of Caffeinated Reason” with comedian Steve Sabo on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Sabo is a veteran comedian who has been performing for 25 years, starting at the age of 18 when he was a freshman in college living in Florida.
“I always loved stand-up when I was a kid, but I never thought I’d do it. Not to date myself and show my age but I used to listen to old cassette tapes of Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, those guys,” said Sabo. “Then my freshman year I entered a comedy competition. I was so nervous I almost didn’t do it but I summoned all my courage and did it. I didn’t win the competition, but I knew from that moment on, that it’s what I wanted to do.”
Sabo has brought his brand of comedy, which he calls energetic, observational and autobiographical, to cities all across the country and oversees. He has opened for acts like Joan Rivers, Chris Rock and Kevin James and has performed for the troops in Iraq. He has also been featured on HBO, Comedy Central and multiple shows with Sirius XM radio.
Though he has had the chance to travel all over, he said places like Scottsbluff, Nebraska, always draws his favorite crowds.
“It’s weird because I think Nebraska people have a very good sense of humor, but beyond that they are just good people. They come in without a chip on their shoulder and they come to have a good time,” said Sabo. “It’s great. They are Heartland people. I prefer this part of the country over the East Coast, West Coast and the South.”
Sabo also says that traveling to various parts of the country and outside of the U.S. has helped make his comedy more accessible to a wider range of audience.
“I try to mix it up, because I want my comedy to be accessible to all people. This gives me a chance to reach a wide variety of people,” said Sabo. “It makes me find a way to make my comedy universal.”
Though that comedy style is reaching a wide variety of people, Sabo does say that his brand is probably not the best for children to come listen to.
“I was described by one reviewer of one of my comedy CDs by saying that I have an intelligent, adult style of comedy. It’s not overly dirty but it’s not squeaky clean either,” said Sabo. “It’s not going to be great for little kids, but it hopefully won’t offend a lot of adults either.”
Through his career, Sabo has also dabbled in some acting, including a low budget horror film, which just released entitled “Pi Day Die Day.” Though he enjoyed the endeavor, Sabo says the stage will always be his true love.
“It was a lot of fun to do. That’s not my love though — my love is being on stage and having the moment and getting that instantaneous response,” said Sabo. “I’m very energetic, autobiographical and observational style. I like putting a part of me out there, and getting that reaction, and in acting, you don’t know what you are putting out there until months later when it is finished.”
Sabo brings with him fellow comedian Adrian Cosby as his opener. The two met years ago doing comedy and Sabo is happy to be working with him again.
“He’s a guy who is professional and he’s hungry. I like working with people who appreciate the craft, and he does,” said Sabo. “It’s also someone I can get along with, which is important when you spend this much time on the road with someone.”
Tickets for this 21 and up show are only $10, which was important to Elks Lodge promoter Bob Hessler, who has enjoyed bringing affordable entertainment to the community.
“People always say there is nothing to do in this town, and we like to prove to them there is,” said Hessler. “That’s what we want to do, not only get good entertainment that people will enjoy, but affordable entertainment for the community as well.”
Tickets are still available and can be purchased through the Elks Lodge in Scottsbluff or at Scottsbluff Screenprinting.