More about Palumbo
An aspiring comedian and comedy writer, Joseph Palumbo is addicted to the sound of laughter.
"I don't care what's going on around me, as long as I can hear people laugh, I'm typically doing OK," the 38 year old admits.
When asked about how he got into comedy: "Even though I went to college to study economics, I ended up taking a ton of philosophy and anthropology courses, And at some point, I had the epiphany that comedians, in observing the world around them and finding esoteric connections, were modern philosophers." Shortly after this realization, Palumbo started generating laughs at local comedy clubs.
A voracious reader and connoisseur of social commentary, Palumbo was drawn to cerebral comedians like Dana Gould and Marc Maron and the subversive voices of Bill Hicks, Lewis Black and Dennis Miller during the alt comedy boom of the 90s. Palumbo explains, "What I love about those guys, and comedians like Groucho and Woody allen, is that they understood the laugh shouldn't be the destination, the laugh should be the vehicle, that get's you to a place where you can be like 'oh yeah, didn't think of of it that way'".
Today, the bearded raconteur uses a combination of laconic wit and immersive storytelling to entertain audiences . "I love to tell stories, I love an arc that exposes some part of the human condition, that's what I think people like, to know they're not alone," says Palumbo, ", but then again I love the challenge of throwing out perfect one-liners like a linguistic sharpshooter too."
No stranger to the Internet, you might recognize this self-proclaimed geek in a number of videos about web hosting or co-hosting a weekly web series on emerging cloud technology and Internet startups that's he's helped produce for over a year. "Yeah, I'm a geek, I always have been," admits Palumbo, "but I realized that I was more interested by the ripples than the splash. I want to see how technology influences people's lives on a large scale, not just the lines of codes that make it happen."
His growing fan base in and around San Antonio can look forward to more sets around town and an upcoming one man show that he is writing about his lifelong struggle with social anxiety, stuttering and the "impostor syndrome".