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Comedian Greg Hahn keeps it clean amd real

GREG HAHN

Comedian Greg Hahn, a Bob and Tom Radio Show favorite, as well as a veteran of late night television and cable channels, will perform Friday (11/16) and Saturday (11/17) at Penguins Comedy Club in Cedar Rapids.
GREG HAHN Comedian Greg Hahn, a Bob and Tom Radio Show favorite, as well as a veteran of late night television and cable channels, will perform Friday (11/16) and Saturday (11/17) at Penguins Comedy Club in Cedar Rapids.

During an interview with Chris Rock, the iconic comic revealed that he has 10 minutes to be funny when he takes the stage.

Greg Hahn, a veteran comic, who will return to perform Friday and Saturday to Penguins in Cedar Rapids, has much less of a grace period.

“I have 43 seconds to make people laugh,” Hahn said by phone from Boca Raton, Fla. “I’m not Chris Rock. People don’t know me, so the laughs have to be immediate. But that’s not a big deal. I just do what I do and people laugh.”

That’s the way it’s been since Hahn was a kid.

“I wasn’t the class clown, but I was the one who made fun of the class clown to the pretty girl across from me,” he said. “I discovered early on that it’s fun to make your classmates, friends and family laugh. Everybody likes comedy.”

However, Hahn didn’t pursue a comedy career at an early age. The laid-back humorist went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., to play basketball. Most of his antics were on the court.

“That’s why I was on the bench for most of my basketball career there,” he said. “I was on the bench so much that they retired the bench after I graduated.”

But while in college, Hahn caught a comic perform on campus. The “Saturday Night Live” alum bombed, but left the venue with a $10,000 check.

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“I watched the show and realized that I could do that,” Hahn said. “I could bomb for a lot less than $10,000.”

After Hahn served in the Marines for three years, he did bomb for much less than $10,000.

“I was learning the craft of stand-up,” Hahn said. “It was all right. I eventually got the hang of it. It beats working.”

It’s not as if Hahn, who delivers one-liners and is an expert at crowd work, kills every night.

“If I’m having one of those evenings, I just tell the audience, ‘Hey, comedy isn’t my thing,’” he cracks. “That always surprises them. ‘I paid how much for a ticket and he’s not into comedy?’ It’s just a joke.”

Best-selling suspense novelist Dean Koontz is among Hahn’s high-profile fans. Koontz hired Hahn to perform at his Newport Beach estate last year.

“You haven’t seen anything until you’ve been to Dean’s home,” Hahn said. “You see how the other half lives.”

Hahn is fine if he never breathes that rarefied air on a regular basis.

“I might not get to the upper echelon and that’s fine,” he said. “I get to do what I love. If I do break through, then I’ll be older than Rodney Dangerfield was when he finally made it big. Either way it’s a win-win.”

Hahn said that Iowa is one of his favorite markets.

“I know you hear all of the time that ‘Iowa is always circled on my calendar’ but the truth is that I do love Iowa. It’s known as flyover country, but if I lived in Iowa, I would look up at those planes and think, ‘Keep flying, we don’t need you.’ There are things to do in Iowa, it’s safe, and when I perform there, I love it because people laugh like crazy. The audience is always open to a good time and that’s huge for a comic.”

Just like Brian Regan, another college jock turned comic, Hahn is a clean performer.

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“I like it that way,” Hahn said. “If you do network television or corporate, it’s a good idea to not be obscene. To me, it’s about telling a funny joke, not relying on a crutch. When I’m up there, I know they’re not laughing at an obscenity. I like it that way.”

Get Out!

WHAT: Greg Hahn

WHERE: Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday (11/16) and Saturday (11/17)

TICKETS: $22 advance, $25 door, (319) 362-8133 or Penguinscomedyclub.com

ONLINE: Greghahn.com

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