The Wittiest Isaac

Comedic veteran Isaac Witty will be headlining at St. Paul’s Joke Joint Comedy Club through Saturday

Comedy veteran Isaac Witty will be headlining three nights at The Joke Joint this weekend.

Marisa Wojcik

Comedy veteran Isaac Witty will be headlining three nights at The Joke Joint this weekend.

by Raghav Mehta

What: Isaac Witty Where: Joke Joint Comedy Club, 2300 E American Blvd When: Thursday âÄì Saturday, 8 pm Cost: $10 Most people arenâÄôt sure of what they want to do with their lives till theyâÄôre in college. Hell, some of us donâÄôt figure out who we even are until well after. But for veteran comic Isaac Witty âÄî yeah, thatâÄôs his real name âÄî comedy just seemed like the obvious career choice from a young age. Witty, an Oklahoma native, moved to Minneapolis in 1999. Since then heâÄôs spent the better part of the decade living all over the country, fine-tuning his absurdist ramblings and crafting a stage character thatâÄôs as forehead-slap whacky as he is hilariously clever. But unlike so many of his peers and performers that came before him, Witty didnâÄôt exactly discover comedy. The guy was practically born into it. His parents made a living as Christian sketch comics, regularly touring the country and bouncing between states, oftentimes from one home to another in a matter of months. âÄúWe drove around in a van and we had a motor home at one time. We didnâÄôt live in a motor home exclusively but we kind of did,âÄù Witty said. âÄúI switched schools something like ten times.âÄù While he admired âÄò80âÄôs mainstays like Tim Allen and Steven Wright âÄî the latter heâÄôs been fortunate enough to meet âÄî it was his parents whom he looked up to most before he began pursuing a career. âÄúJust growing up and watching your parents on stage and getting to know everyone, seeing them being admired and everyone telling you how great they are âĦ they were definitely the most influential,âÄù Witty said. âÄúWhen everyone else was wanting to be a sports star, I was in my room looking in the mirror, imagining I was in a big crowd of people. Not even telling any jokes, just standing there, acting out the part.âÄù WittyâÄôs material isnâÄôt religiously tinged, but heâÄôs maintained a clean act over the years. It was a compromise he made early on in his career and one he felt was in his parentâÄôs best interest. âÄúThatâÄôs the one thing I did to make my parents happy. I always think my poor parents, theyâÄôre in the ministry and all their friends are in the ministry and their son ends up working in bars for a living so at least they can say âÄòwell at least heâÄôs clean,âÄôâÄù Witty said. But while that might make his routine easier to stomach for the clergy, it doesnâÄôt always resonate as well with his typical late-night crowd. âÄúItâÄôs [sometimes] not as easy to get booked in clubs because youâÄôre walking in there and youâÄôre a clean comic working a bar full of drunk people who want to hear a bunch of dick jokes. YouâÄôre basically walking with one arm behind your back.âÄù Witty, who has resided in Minneapolis the last year, will be headlining the Joke Joint this weekend, but has plans to relocate back to Los Angeles eventually. ItâÄôs just a matter of time and money. âÄúItâÄôs always a matter of money. ItâÄôs hard to make a living doing comedy so you just have to take as many opportunities as you can.”