Live your life, that’s Kevin Casey White’s advice to you.
The New York City-based comedian is making his first visit to the Mountain State this week, and will conclude his “Mountain Momma Run” this Sunday, Dec. 19 at 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown.
White will be joined onstage by Morgantown comedians Cody Cannon and Lish Brownfield, as well as Pittsburgh’s Amanda Averell.
“If this winter is like the last winter in that our (COVID) numbers spike a bit, this might be the last chance to get to see something live before things get shut down again. So I kind of want to take advantage of that while I can,” White said.
Like many comedians who have come through Morgantown this year, White has seen firsthand how important live shows and events can be to people. During COVID-19 lockdowns in New York last year, he put on a distanced, outdoor show.
“At the first one, somebody came up to me; she was crying. And she was just like, ‘Thank you so much for putting this on. I really needed this,’” White said.
Always something of a class clown, White discovered stand-up comedy after high school. This new interest quickly became a distraction from night classes, which he would regularly skip to attend open mics.
“My mother sat me down and was like, ‘You know, if you’re not going to go to all your classes, I’m not going to keep paying for this.’ And she definitely meant that as a threat, but I heard it as like, ‘Oh, great. Well, then I’ll just stop going to class,’” White says with a laugh. “I was like, ‘Cool. I’m glad we’re on the same page.’ And looking back, I’m like, wow, I totally did not understand the ultimatum she was giving me.”
Since then, comedy has facilitated White’s moves from his native St. Louis to Chicago, and most recently to New York. He has continued his travels touring around the country since restrictions were lifted earlier this year, and is grateful for the opportunity to stretch his legs.
“I much prefer to do 45 minutes to an hour, lets me breathe and mess with the audience. My goal is to make it feel conversational, and fluid. It’s not like I’m going around roasting people or anything like that. I like to kind of talk to the audience, not at the audience is always kind of my mantra,” White said.
White wants to talk to you, but he can’t do that if you stay at home on Sunday.
“Worst case scenario, you left the house and had some drinks with a friend. … Give me 15 minutes of your time. I don’t think you’ll regret it. Don’t sit on the couch. Live your life.”
Tickets are available at https://www.showclix.com/event/potion-castle-comedy-presents-kevin-casey-white