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November 5, 2009

Checking in with Stephen Lynch

stephen lynchI was surprised to learn that comedic singer/songwriter Stephen Lynch isn't a big fan of comedy.

In fact, the 38-year-old Pennsylvania native, who performs at the Lyric Opera House tomorrow, was wanted to be a professional musician since college.

Instead, Lynch has made a name for himself by combining a little music and a little comedy.

The result? Some raunchy, dirty, nasty (but funny) songs ...

Here's a link to my piece on Lynch, which ran in today's weekend section.

"I didn't set out to become a comedian," he said. "I still don't think I have a real knack for it. I just happen to have found this really small window of opportunity that allows me to play music and use whatever skills I have at being funny."

In 2006, Lynch starred in the Broadway adaptation of "The Wedding Singer." He liked the show, but not the schedule, which had him performing eight (8) times a week. Given the chance, he wouldn't do it again, he said.

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing," he said. "The schedule's too brutal for my delicate sensibilities. ... Toward the end, I was secretly wishing for its demise so I could get back to doing what I like to do."

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:17 AM | | Comments (4)


Nice interview. I saw him play at the Recher a few years ago, and he was fantastic. I had never heard of him before that show (a friend got the tickets) but loved every minute of it.

I had actually forgotten about him until your post; it's not really the kind of stuff I would listen to every day. I'm definitely rooting for him to make a serious album because he's a fantastic singer and has a good sense for songwriting. I guess we'll see.

I know him entirely from Comedy Central shows. At first hilarious/funny and then tedious. Kind of mean-spirited.

In general Guitar + Comedy = <Funny
unless you are Steven Wright, Demetri Martin or Mike Birbiglia because the guitar is an adjunct and not a partner/crutch
Exemption for Zak Galafanakis, re: piano

Great post. We just love seeing him playing songs. He is the superstar and god of music.

"At first hilarious/funny and then tedious."

And that's why I'd really like to see him branch out. I have a copy of the "Live at the El Rey" DVD but only watch it once or twice a year. I don't have any of his albums, so I can't speak to how his music comes across in that medium. He has amazing stage presence though, and I can never get over how fun his harmonies are with Mark Teich.

But, as you said, the comedy part (although brilliant) will probably get old soon, if it hasn't already. Frankly, I think he's got what it takes to be a great singer/songwriter; he just needs to step out of his comfort zone and take the chance. Easier said than done, though.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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