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From Ludlow to Los Angeles, Comedian Shoots for Stardom

Comedy can come from any place, no matter how small or quaint the town.

In this case Dave Waite is a professional stand-up comedian who now lives in Los Angeles, but he hails from Ludlow. Waite has been on the comedy circuit for the past decade and has no intention of quitting now.

“Sustainability is tough for any art form, but I've been doing it for ten years now, so I think it's going pretty well,” he said.

Waite grew up in Ludlow and graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in geography. After college, he worked as a substitute teacher. That's when he gave stand-up comedy a try, responding to a newspaper ad for comedy classes at The Funny Bone in Newport. After that, he took his show to the Big Apple, New York City, where he gained a foothold in the comedy scene.

“Growing up in Ludlow, you could always walk somewhere, and in New York, there are a ton of places in New York. Walkability has always been important to me,” Waite said.

After spending some years in New York, Waite traveled west to Los Angeles where he has been ever since. His career has taken off there and he has made some high-profile appearances recently on NBC's Last Comic Standing, and also released his second comedy album, Hotdoggin' It. Waite has also been on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well Comedy Central.

“I would describe my comedy as offbeat that can relate to a lot of people. It's got a Midwest style to it,” Waite said.

His stories of his personal failures have carved a positive niche for himself in the comedy world and he also excels at creating bizarre catch phrases. His first comedy album titled Kaboom! was recorded at the Grammy-winning label Stand Up! Records and can be heard on Sirius and XM Satelite Radio and his second album Hotdoggin It, was recorded at Comedy Central on State at Madison, Wisconsin.

Waite returns to the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area this weekend when he preforms at Go Bananas Comedy Club in Montgomery, Ohio from December 18-21. The show starts at 8pm each night and again at 10:30 on Friday and Saturday night.

He is interested in appearing more on television and movies and has a credit in an upcoming film called Still Punching the Clown. More of his comedy can be found on Spotify and he has a podcast on iTunes called Waite For It.

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor

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