Amid fluorescent blue lighting and illustrations inspired by game shows in the ’90s, Curtis Conner made his Fort Myers debut.
The 28-year-old Canadian comedian and social media personality used one-off cliched style and personal storytelling to keep the Barbara B. This was the second on the “Kurtis Conner Live” tour.
As the frontrunner, Conner piqued the audience’s interest with a two-minute video of “The Noise” before sparking a rattling of cheers and applause as he strutted down the stage.
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Connor is known on YouTube for his ability to make my overused dad jokes laughable. It often features cheesy flavors and humor in its parts. His stand-up comedy took the same approach.
Call back some of YouTube’s fan-favorite phrases during his set, like “Denver? I hardly know her!”
His stand-up style differed from the usual YouTube comedy in that it was not family friendly. Conner’s YouTube channel has nearly 4 million subscribers.
YouTube imposes strict guidelines on creators and does not allow monetization of videos that contain insults or content that could be considered dangerous.
It was shocking to hear Conner swear and describe his experiences with alcohol and marijuana consumption. His YouTube content usually focuses on comedic movie reviews and weird trends.
His routine revolved around the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways he was busying himself during the lockdown. Conner shared personal thoughts on the pandemic while keeping the topic light through relevant jokes.
Conner explained that he was struggling to justify the shutdown until he watched a nature documentary about bears. We were all hibernating during the lockdown, he said.
“I think the main difference is when the bears were hibernating, there wasn’t a bunch of other idiot (lewd) bears standing outside all our dens screaming about that winter was a hoax,” Conner said.
When Conner asked the crowd if the anti-vaccine movement existed in Fort Myers, the audience responded with a cacophony of laughter and agreement.
Conner has also been busy exploring new music genres during the pandemic. He started listening to radio and classic rock.
He said, “It’s great, but have you ever listened to the lyrics of classic rock songs? Do yourself a favor and don’t do it. Just live your life in blissful ignorance.”
He took out his black glasses and read the lyrics of a classic rock song from a little red book. The first song he read was “Stray Cat Blues” by the Rolling Stones.
As it read, “I can see you’re 15. No, I don’t want your ID, and I can see you’re too far from home,” the audience replied with, “No!” Between fits of laughter.
The show also included groups of comedians Jacob Sharp and Dean Hepbacher.
The two have previously performed with Conner on other comedy shows and are often featured on his YouTube channel.
Sharp started the show with a sinister set about surviving brain cancer. Sharp was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25 and was treated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hall was filled with chants of “brain cancer” as he tried to make the audience more comfortable with the word.
Despite the seriousness of the topic, Sharp managed to make the audience laugh with him as he shared his life-changing experience. He didn’t shy away from heavy topics, which seemed to put much of the audience at ease.
At the beginning of his routine, Sharp asked the audience how many people suffer from anxiety. The hall was full of raised hands and cheers.
Hepscher followed Sharp’s performance and focused on the humor in his hometown.
During his set, he recalled shocking and comedic moments from high school. Hepscher also shared sexually explicit jokes about his time as a counselor at the camp.
Habsher’s use of timing and telling long jokes contributed to the success of his routine. Share very unfortunate moments in a humorous way by providing more context later.
Hepscher also described his experience with ADHD and the high dose of Adderall he had been using for most of his childhood.
The audience shrieked and cheered as he spoke directly to the parents in the crowd, telling them to be patient with their children instead of jumping into medications.
“Kurtis Conner Live” differed from most comedy shows in its subject matter. Every comedian has talked about a topic that not many people feel comfortable discussing and turning it into a fun and entertaining routine.