Witty. Clever. Likable. Hilarious.
If you looked up any of these words in a dictionary, you probably wouldn’t see a picture of anything. Those words are pretty easy to define without illustrations.
But...these are also words that have been used to describe comedian Keith Alberstadt.
For over a decade, Keith has been entertaining comedy fans all over the world -- club audiences in the U.S., expats in China and Singapore, as well as U.S. troops in the Middle East and Japan. Simply put, his style of comedy is one that pulls everyone in. Whether it’s his sarcastic approach, his playful attitude, or his good old-fashioned southern charm, Keith makes his comedy relatable and approachable.
“So how did it all start”, you ask? “I didn’t ask that,” you say? Well regardless...
Growing up the youngest of four in a close-knit Catholic family in Nashville, Keith quickly developed a sense of humor. It was mostly reserved for captive audiences, like whoever was riding the bench with him during baseball games. Things changed, however, when he turned 18.
While a senior in high school, the guidance counselor asked him what he was going to do with his life. He had no idea. But...that’s only a major at Arizona State, which was way too far away. He was lost; no goal in sight. Then...later that year, he co-hosted the school’s talent show and found his calling -- the comedy stage. Pretty sweet dramatic build up there, eh?
While a student at Vanderbilt, Keith polished his sense of humor through columns in the school paper and DJ-ing at the campus radio station. He went on to work in the Vanderbilt Athletic Department as a sales associate and a sideline reporter on the football team’s radio broadcasts. As a die-hard Vandy fan, it was difficult to bite his tongue and avoid FCC fines, but it was even more difficult to break away and do his own thing.
Since leaving the office world behind, it’s been non-stop for Keith. Starting at his home club Zanies, he’s worked all over the country and now calls New York City home. Along the way, he built a solid career that includes such credits as...
- Late Show with David Letterman
- Last Comic Standing
- Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update (contributing writer)
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (contributing writer)
- Comics Unleashed
- Eight comedy tours for the troops -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and throughout the Middle East
- Fox News Red Eye
It continues to be non-stop, with much much more to come on the horizon.
Go see Keith when he comes to your city and see for yourself. Or... you could just look up those words in the dictionary again. But the first option is more fun.