Mike Kennedy: 2014 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Performing Arts (VIDEO)
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Katie Johnson Mike Kennedy performing at Stand Up Scottsdale in March.
Mike Kennedy is too pretty for Tent City. At least, that's how sells it on stage, in between telling tales of ecstasy-fueled orgies in Reno, getting a DUI on national television, and relating to his half-Hispanic teenage daughter.
Kennedy's career path to stand-up comedy hasn't exactly been a straightforward trajectory. The Wisconsin-born 44-year-old funnyman moved to Arizona shortly after college in his 20s. He majored in political science and planned to pursue the next logical step: law school. But, like many aspects of Kennedy's life, things didn't go as expected.
Between working for the man and ultimately working for himself, Kennedy stumbled through as many story-worthy situations as he did substances, ultimately finding a home for all of them in his stand-up performances.
"[The] biggest challenge with stand-up is finding out who I am," Kennedy says. "I think that's a problem outside of comedy too though. It's a continuing struggle for me."
That journey of finding himself led Kennedy through decades of various jobs, including working as the in-between guy for a repo man in the late '90s, catching shoplifters in department stores, driving a taxicab, and eventually getting licensed as a private investigator, a job that proved Kennedy had a knack for calling other people out on their shit.