By Clamuel Semens
Phoenix, AZ – Another tragic loss has ripped apart the local comedy scene. The much beloved Comedian “Funny Man” Derrick Slays, was the victim of a violent struggle that cost him his life. Walking home from McSilverman’s, a local open mic hot spot, he was accosted by an unknown assailant. Witnesses say that at approximately 11:30pm on Friday night, Derrick was spotted heading North away from the bar. He had been reviewing his setlist and muttering about “not getting laughs” and needing to “punch up that tag.”
It is not known what provoked the attack but Tempe police found his body in the Fry’s parking lot at the corner of Southern and Mill Avenue. The coroner was able to determine that ligature marks on his neck were consistent with strangulation by rubber chicken.
There is some speculation that the attack may have been carried out by a rival comic Comedian Comedian “Funny Guy” Bret Comedian. The two had argued in the past over their similar online dating jokes and it was well known that there was bad blood. We talked with another local comic that wishes to remain anonymous, but also wanted his Twitter handle @cranberryfaggotsauce published. “Those two guys hated each other. I was at an open mic one time when Bret was hosting and when he introduced Derrick he didn’t say that he could be seen all over the valley. That’s pretty low, because it’s like, how will audience members know if we perform all over the valley otherwise?”
Comedian on comedian acts of violence are becoming all too common. In an effort to bring peace to the community, one comic has stepped forward. DJ Comedian Jerry Comic is producing a once a month show in Sierra Vista, affectionately called, “The Airing of Grievances Show.” Here local comics are welcome to voice their opinions about one another in a public forum so they don’t have to do it on Facebook later on that night.
“The first show went fantastic”, said Jerry. “We had 30 comics each doing 15 minutes of grievances. Next week I’m thinking about doing a contest and charging a two drink minimum. If the comics bring 10 friends they will get to do 20 minutes of grievances. Whoever has the best grievance that night will win the contest and get a Dairy Queen punch card that already has 9 punches, on the 10th punch you get a free Dilly Bar.”
Audiences are responding too. We had a chance to sit down with David Watkins, a drifter and local celebrity, “what a fantastic show! I’ve seen all of them perform before, what with me being unemployed since December, and I have to say this has been way more entertaining than watching their sets.”
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Samuel Clemens is a writer and highly regarded member of the Phoenx Jew Times staff. He is the best smelling individual you will ever meet in person. Follow him on Twitter @cockfaggotjellymittens