Alberstadt Bringing Sarcasm To Tropicana
Stand-up comedian Keith Alberstadt has prepared a set based on his past couple years of marriage, and people will get to see the family-friendly show at the Tropicana Room on Friday.
Somewhat newly married and willing to make fun of himself, his wife and his in-laws, Alberstadt feels like his sarcastic and observational overtones will be a great fit for all audiences.
Alberstadt has been full-time in the comedy business since 2001, and he’s made a name for himself mainly through stand-up. On the side, he’s also been a contributing freelance writer, crafting some jokes for “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” over the years.
“I’ve always enjoyed the joke-writing process,” Alberstadt told The Post-Journal.
He said his career has been a gradual climb toward national recognition over nearly two decades. In recent years, Alberstadt has performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Last Comic Standing.”
Alberstadt has visited Jamestown before but not after the National Comedy Center opened in August 2018. He said Jamestown is made up of “great people and good comedy fans.”
Following a brief stint of college open mic nights, Alberstadt began freelancing and pursuing a stand-up career. He said seeing late night hosts tell his jokes never got old, and added that those types of shows are built on contracted work along with the regular material generated from full-time staff writers.
“I would email jokes for the Weekend Update portion (of Saturday Night Live),” Alberstadt said.
He eventually moved to New York City, where he met his would-be wife. Ever since becoming a part of her life, Alberstadt said he’s had even more humor to work from for his routines.
His most recent comedy album — “Walk It Off” — was taped before his relationship really took off, which means an album he’s going to work on later this year will include his jokes about marriage, including dealing with extended family, making promises and making fun of himself.
“Everyday is material,” Alberstadt said. “That’s what I like to point out: stuff people can relate to. My in-laws are awesome. I make a few jokes about them.”
Alberstadt’s wife is from New Jersey; whereas, he grew up as the youngest in a family of four children in Nashville, Tennessee. He said he learned a lot of his sarcastic attitude from his siblings and friends.
A staple of Alberstadt’s humor is making fun of oneself, whether it’s not grasping something that seems obvious to other people or just plain sounding stupid.
“We’re all guilty of that,” Alberstadt said. “I like to point out (those) situations. That’s the point of comedy: laughing at ourselves and that sarcastic element.”
Alberstadt will be performing Friday at the Tropicana Room at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
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