Michael Palascak
Michael Palascak
WABASH – Stand-up comedian Michael Palascak has performed on Comedy Central, “Late Show With David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” and more.
However, returning to his hometown of Wabash to perform is very special, he said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon from Chicago.
His visit to Wabash also will be filmed for a documentary by Brent Kado, a filmmaker with ties to North Webster.
Palascak performs at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at the Eagles Theatre, Wabash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show, and can be purchased at the box office or online at honeywellcenter.org
Palascak said he and his family moved to Indiana when he was 7, but left when he was 18. They moved to Chicago, where he started doing stand-up. Eventually, he started making appearances on television shows like “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
In many of his routines, Palascak refers to Wabash as his hometown. He said he never sat down and thought up ways about how to use Wabash in his stand-up, it just kind of shows up and if it gets laughs, he uses it again.
During the course of the year, Palascak does different shows – from comedy clubs to colleges and corporate events. “Wherever they’ll have me,” he said.
His long-term goal is to act and write on his own television show, he said. Then he wants to do movies, while also going out on the road and continuing doing stand-up gigs.
Several years ago Palascak appeared in Kado’s film “Welcome to Gentle Waters,” which was filmed in North Webster. He stayed in touch with Kado and Kado’s wife, Jessica Hardy, over the years.
Palascak said Kado saw that he was returning to his hometown to perform and thought it would be an opportunity to make a documentary. Palascak thought the idea was awesome so he agreed.
“I think the idea is to capture the whole experience, not just the show,” Palascak said.
The last time he was in Wabash was about three to four years ago for his 10th year class reunion, he said. He isn’t sure who he will see this time around or if anyone around town will even know who he is, but some friends and family may come to the show. He will be in town two to three days, he said.
“Brent talked about having (the documentary) as merchandise after the show,” Palascak said, though he wouldn’t be opposed to having it shown on a network like Comedy Central.
The hardest part about making the documentary will be just being himself with cameras on him all the time, Palascak admitted. The April 17 show will be a little longer – 1 hour, 15 minutes – than his routine at comedy clubs, he said, and he hopes to do a really good job.
“The main thing is, regardless of where I’m from, it will be a fun show to see. Being that I’m from there, that just makes it cooler,” he concluded.
For more information about Palascak, visit his website at www.michaelpalascak.com or follow him on Twitter at @michaelpalascak