Dave Landau, the man who would be kingWritten by Keith Bergman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Detroit native Dave Landau has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is a regular guest on “The Bob & Tom Radio Show,” but he’s not a household name — yet. With a new comedy album, “Voodoo of Landoo,” out now and a movie in the works, his star is deservedly on the rise. Years of roadwork are paying off for Landau, who has been gigging in the Midwest for at least a decade.
“The material on [“Voodoo of Landoo”] is what I’ve been working on for a couple of years now,” Landau said. “Once I had it where I wanted it, I was ready to put out an album.”
And while some comics throw out their old stuff once it’s committed to tape, Landau said “I don’t consider any jokes ‘burned off.’ I will still do stuff from my 2007 album ‘Down On Your Lucky Charms.’ I feel having an arsenal of funny material while adding new things is important. In a year or so, I will probably have a set that includes none of it, but I’ll still mix and match.”
Landau’s latest project takes him into the realm of filmmaking.
“‘The King’ is a movie I wrote with my friends Sebastian Oberst and Ken Kuykendall,” he said. “It’s about a kid from Detroit who graduates high school in 1999 and his parents buy him his first car. He meets up with some friends, they go into the inner city to illegally buy beer and all hell breaks loose. It’s loosely based on my life. I’ve always wanted to make a movie more than anything. I attended film school and I’m a graduate of the Second City Conservatory. I did both of those things before I ever picked up a mic.” The movie is slated for a summer 2014 premiere.
Asked about the advantages of sticking close to home, Landau said “you can get more stage time when you start. Also, all the clubs that pay are in the Midwest, so it’s easier access to stand-up work once you’ve developed. The biggest [drawback] is that Hollywood is where everything gets made and to be taken seriously you often have to spend time there. I lived in Marina del Rey and I’m lucky that a very prestigious management firm handles me out there. I came home to Detroit to make my movie, but I’ll end up back on the West Coast soon.”
So what’s next for Landau? “I have no master plan. Just keep throwing s*** against the wall until it sticks,” he said. “This business is unpredictable so I just have to keep plugging away. My goal is simply to just not give up or get complacent.
“Always work hard and never be afraid to take a chance.”
Keith Bergman hosts the Two-Buck Yuks comedy show every Wednesday at 8 pm. at The Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St. Dave Landau headlines at 8 p.m. Oct. 2. Zach Martina headlines the Oct. 9 show.