Rising comedic star to perform Monday at MCC

Ask Samuel Comroe what he loves about performing as a comedian, and he can sum it up in one word – everything.

“I love the entire process. I love the crowd, getting laughs, working on jokes, jumping on top of the front row,” Comroe said. “It’s a rush.”

The native Californian will perform at 7 p.m. Monday in the Student Union at Marshalltown Community College. The show is free and open to the public.

Comroe is on the road constantly as a stand-up comedian.

Making a living as a comedian has always been his goal, and of course, he would like to expand to television.

One of his career highlights so far has been an appearance on “Conan” a few months ago.

“It was an incredible experience, and I’m very thankful for it,” Comroe said. “Meeting Conan was amazing.”

It will be evident to the audience during his performance that Comroe has Tourette Syndrome. He said it’s something that empowers him to be better and not a crutch in his life.

“I want people to know that if you take what you have in life and turn it into a positive, nothing can stop you,” Comroe said. “Whether it’s Tourette Syndrome or anything you see as a life obstacle. Tourette Syndrome has made me a stronger person, and I’m grateful for it.”

Comroe was encouraged to get into stand-up comedy by some friends, and humor also runs in his family.

“My dad has always wanted to be a comedian,” Comroe said. “He wrote jokes in a notebook for years. Plus, I come from a large family where humor was always how we coped.”

He said those coming to MCC Monday can expect to have a good time.

“Just bring your friends and laugh,” he said. “It’s a Monday in Iowa. There’s nothing else to do.”

College staff indicated the show would be best suited for those 18 and over.