Tour Recap: Escape From New York February Freeze

The February Freeze Tour has come to an end and boy, was it was a wild ride. We did 7 shows in 6 cities over 8 nights and had the time of our life. If you came to see us, we thank you. If you didn’t catch a show, this is an opportunity to learn from your mistake, grow as a person and make sure you see us next time. Let’s recap.

First Stop: Goodnights Comedy Club - Raleigh, NC

This is the club where it all started for me and the usual base camp for our southern tours. We set up shop on the third floor in the “Anything Goes” room. Lo and behold, anything went.

 Dan Altano hosting the first show.

Dan Altano hosting the first show.

 Sasha Srbulj on the second show.

Sasha Srbulj on the second show.

 Slinging shirts to the good people of Raleigh.

Slinging shirts to the good people of Raleigh.

Best of Raleigh: Introducing these guys to Cookout after the show.

Worst of Raleigh: Realizing we didn't bring nearly enough XL shirts. Lesson learned. Plenty of wide bodies down south.

Second Stop: Fleetwoods - Asheville, NC

 Ron Nobles keeping it blurry in Asheville.

Ron Nobles keeping it blurry in Asheville.

On day two we drove west to Asheville, NC. Fleetwoods in West Asheville is easily my favorite venue that used to be a pawn shop. Shoutout to our producer in Asheville, Melissa Hahn. If you’re local, check out her shows. She's constantly bringing great comedy to this great town. Also, thanks to Diego Attanasio, the awesome comic and person who hosted our Fleetwoods show. He’s based out of Detroit but he tours all over the place. Go see him if you ever get the chance. Here’s all of us eating chicken and waffles the morning after the show and some fun times at the Sierra Nevada Brewery.

 Marshall Stevenson. At some point during this set he dealt with a heckle by simply stating "Ma'm, that kind of commentary isn't helpful."

Marshall Stevenson. At some point during this set he dealt with a heckle by simply stating "Ma'm, that kind of commentary isn't helpful."

 Breakfast at King Daddy's Chicken and Waffles, who also SPONSORED our show. I'm telling ya, Asheville was so good to us.

Breakfast at King Daddy's Chicken and Waffles, who also SPONSORED our show. I'm telling ya, Asheville was so good to us.

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 After feasting on barbeque at 12 Bones in Asheville. We're not crouching/leaning to look cool. We physically cannot support our own weight.

After feasting on barbeque at 12 Bones in Asheville. We're not crouching/leaning to look cool. We physically cannot support our own weight.

Best of Asheville: Every damn thing

Worst of Asheville: Losing the incomparable Sasha Srbulj

Third Stop: Coffee Underground - Greenville, SC

Greenville is only an hour away from Asheville but it’s really got its own thing going on. We had a ball at Coffee Underground. Thanks to all my co-workers at EP + Co that came to the show. All day long in Greenville I kept repeating a personal mantra that went like this

“Don’t bomb in front of your coworkers,

Don’t bomb in front of your coworkers,

Don’t bomb in front of your coworkers”

The show ended up being a real hoot. Afterwards we went to a bar where I got scolded by the staff for my aggressive moves on the shuffleboard table and then we got Cookout AGAIN because by this point these boys had been converted.

 Frank and Dan are looking at this photographer like they're in the witness protection program.

Frank and Dan are looking at this photographer like they're in the witness protection program.

 EP + Co made a strong showing. Thanks for the love, guys.

EP + Co made a strong showing. Thanks for the love, guys.

Best of Greenville: Not bombing in front of my coworkers

Worst of Greenville: Spilling 80% of my strawberry Cookout shake outside the hotel.

 Shake down.

Shake down.

Fourth Stop: Sorrento’s Italian Bistro - Banner Elk, NC

After a quick dip into South Carolina we went back up into the NC mountains for a small show in Banner Elk. It was Dan Altano’s final show of the tour and he headlined it in spectacular fashion.

 Frankie Favs giving the people what they want in Banner Elk.

Frankie Favs giving the people what they want in Banner Elk.

 Altano headlining the shit out of his last show.

Altano headlining the shit out of his last show.

Best part of Banner Elk: Our producer put us up in a really nice bed & breakfast that was managed by witches who also claim the place was haunted.

Worst part of Banner Elk: Not being able to laugh when the witches asserted that the show Ghost Hunters has gotten footage of ghosts, but the network refuses to release it because "the american people aren't ready for that". (These witches were so nice. We couldn't mock them in their haunted palace.)

Fifth Stop: Helles & Dunkel - Charlotte, NC

Then it was off to the queen city. The first order of business was dropping Dan and his busted duffle bag off at the airport. Then we joined up with Fen G and had another great show. The night ended with an uber ride through a taco bell drive thru. Our driver Johnson might be the best person in all of Charlotte. For him, the app needs a sixth star. Listen to his laugh in the video further down.

 Frank hosting in Charlotte

Frank hosting in Charlotte

 The whole Charlotte team + some photo bombers.

The whole Charlotte team + some photo bombers.

Best of Charlotte: Johnson the uber driver.

Worst of Charlotte: Sending Altano back to NYC.

Sixth Stop: Coalition Theater - Richmond, VA

 Frank at the Coalition Theater.

Frank at the Coalition Theater.

We went out with a bang in Richmond! The crowd was on fire and we added Jason Scott to the bill for this one. By the way, the inhabitants of Richmond are gorgeous. Models walk the streets of Richmond, Virginia. I told the crowd that during my set and they were very flattered. Then I told them Banner Elk had the ugliest people we’d seen on tour and they felt really bad and went “Awww”. So they’re not only mega hot but very compassionate as well.

 Jason Scott joining us for the Richmond show.

Jason Scott joining us for the Richmond show.

 Eric Neumann

Eric Neumann

 Ron Nobles closing up shop.

Ron Nobles closing up shop.

Best of Richmond: Frank got some part-time work as a bouncer after the show.

Worst of Richmond: The tour being over.

We woke up Sunday and drove home to New York while listening to old Jerk Boys prank phone calls on YouTube. For being over 20 years old they hold up pretty well. I hope our memories of these shows and cities age as gracefully. I’m sure we’ll be back on the road again before long. Join our mailing list below to get updates next time we come to your town!

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