The Pitch's Questionnaire with stand-up comedian Doug Marshall

The stand-up comedian shares his favorite haunts in the city.



Name: Doug Marshall

Occupation: Director/performer at Fishnets & Floorshows (KC’s Rocky Horror cast), onscreen (Steve Girthy) for Metro Pro Wrestling, stand-up comic and Web/graphic designer (for now)

Hometown: Buckner, Missouri

Current neighborhood: 39th Street

Who or what is your sidekick? My closest friends and local artists Marc Shank and Anastacia Drake. They are usually privy to whatever stupidity I’m delving into.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Horror icon. I want to be Vincent Price when I grow up.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Green Room Burgers & Beer

Where do you drink? JR’s, Hurricane Allie’s, the Foundry and McCoy’s

What’s your favorite charity? American Humane Society

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Do we have cockfights here?

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Power & Light. Damn you, Kay Barnes.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Manifesto, Blue Koi, or to see some burlesque like KC Cabaret or New Century Follies.

Finish this sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... ” First Fridays became a thing here. I feel like it should be even bigger.

“Kansas City screwed up when it ... ” Built Power & Light. Support your local businesses, KC. Every strong economy is built on small 
local businesses.

“Kansas City needs ... ” A light-rail system. If you need reference, go see Portland, Oregon. And more eclectic and varied small businesses.

“People might be surprised to know that I ... ” Cry at the end of Homeward Bound. Every. Time. When Shadow comes limping over that hill, I lose it.

“On my day off, I like to ... ” Attempt to watch everything on YouTube.

“In five years, I’ll be ... ” Vincent Price. Are you not paying attention?

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Face Off

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Halloween songs and playlists

What movie do you watch at least once a year? The Faculty, Reign of Fire, Rocky Horror, Halloween, Leap of Faith

What local tradition do you take part in every year? The dodgin’ o’ the checkpoints on St. Pat’s.

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Shaquille O’Neal. I’m all about asymmetry.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: I think Rob Delaney pretty much wins Twitter.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: MoDOT deciding to work on every road at the same time.

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? My favorite podcasts: Film Riot and Weird Things.

Last book you read: The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

Favorite day trip: Anyplace with lots of woods and few people. Especially in the fall.

Interesting brush with the law? I once got pulled over after a monthly screening of Rocky Horror. This was in the beginning when I played Dr. Frank-N-Furter occasionally. I was tired and waiting to change till I got home. So there I was at Broadway and Southwest Trafficway in a red corset, heels and fishnets. I’m really not sure who was more uncomfortable. Ever seen a cop who was terrified to make eye contact?

Describe a recent triumph: Getting blocked by Kevin Smith on Twitter because my review of Red State was too mean.

See Marshall at the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Screenland Crossroads September 15 and at Metro Pro Wrestling October 6.

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