A conversation with comedian Common Man

  • Article by: BEN JOHNSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2013 - 11:09 PM

This weekend, he'll bring his stand-up act to the New Hope Cinema Grill.


Dan Cole, aka Common Man

Dan Cole, aka Common Man, spouts his nonstop nonsense, skulduggery and tomfoolery from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on air at 100.3 KFAN. In recent years, he’s brought his unique blend of radio bits, everyman observations and cheap shots to the masses through his Flop Sweat and Tears stand-up comedy tour.

We caught up with him in anticipation of his two-night stay at the New Hope Cinema Grill this Friday and Saturday.


Q: When did you start doing stand-up?

A: You know, I can’t even nail it down anymore. I suppose it’s been about four or five years now.


Q: Who’s the funniest person at KFAN?

A: Me.


Q: Well, besides you.

A: I suppose I’d say Hi-Fi, Dan Barreiro. He’s got a pretty good sense of humor.


Q: How long do you plan on doing stand-up? Can you see yourself covered in flop sweat and tears a couple, 13, 14 years from now?

A: Here’s the thing: I’ve been calling this my farewell tour, but it’s like aging rock bands that have these farewell tours that last for years and years. I’ll keep doing stand-up until they tell me to sit down. That’s how I’ll put it.


Q: If you had never gotten into radio, what would you be doing?

A: I’d be riding a mower at a golf course, probably. That’s about all I’m qualified for, even though they’d still have to teach me how to do that. Either that or I would try to find some kind of product to sell to make big money. I don’t know what I would sell — snake oil maybe. You know, I might be a snake oil salesman, that’s what I’d probably be. You can go with that.


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