Musician, songwriter, artist and comedian Isaac Paris took to the stage this Thursday at the Pub to release his fourth album, Isaac and the Awkward Situations: Currently Unknown Future Classics. The former UAF Art History major opened the show performing stand up comedy. Isaac, who works as a substitute teacher, says he gets ideas for jokes from experiences with students.
The banjo carrying Paris was soon joined on stage by drummer Travis Burrows, trumpet player Luke Soren Neilsen and bass player Luke Ponchine. The music on the CD was recorded separately by each musician, “We haven’t played together in the same room before, so we’re just putting it all together now simultaneously, improvisationally.” Paris said.
The bearded musician tickled his red keyboard and plucked his banjo singing blues-folk tunes with often humorous and irreverent lyrics. Besides being excited about debuting his album, Isaac was happy to announce that he was invited to perform at a comedy festival in Toronto. Sound technician James Bartlett, who’s known Paris since grade school said, “One word to describe Isaac, inductive.”
Below is a short video of Isaac performing at the Pub, talking about music, stand-up comedy, and substitute teaching.
By Sam Allen, Extreme Alaska