After self-releasing his first album Baby Steps in 2010, Grant Lyon is proud to announce his comedy label debut, Scheduled Fun Time, releasing March 24th on 800 Pound Gorilla Records. Described by San Francisco Weekly as “a hilariously sharp observer, not one of those tired white-guy bellyachers,” Lyon is known for his intellectual but silly brand of comedy. Over the last fifteen years, Lyon has fine-tuned his style of smart comedy by performing at the best comedy clubs and festivals across the country. Recorded at Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia, Scheduled Fun Time is full of thoughtful personal and social commentary on matters such as Lyon's family, his decision not to have his own children, what it means to be a man, and his addiction to fireworks.
Lyon had an unconventional start to his comedy career. Growing up with firm TV restrictions and no exposure to comedy albums, he wasn't aware that stand-up comedy was a career choice until college when his freshman year roommate introduced him to Mitch Hedberg's first album. Lyon was fascinated with Strategic Grill Locations and played it over and over until he memorized it in its entirety. As a collegiate soccer player at UC Santa Cruz, Lyon's first comedy performance was during a road trip using a tour bus microphone in front of his teammates. He told twenty-five minutes of memorized Mitch Hedberg jokes and first felt the rush of performing stand-up. From then on, his coach continually asked him when he was going to start writing his own material. Fortunately, he asked so many times that Lyon finally did, then performed those jokes for the very first time once again on a tour bus in front of his teammates later that season.
Lyon's comedy has come a long way from those early days of bus performances. Since deciding to pursue a career on stage instead of on the field, he has made a steady rise in the industry. He was chosen as a New Face in comedy at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, won the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and was a finalist in the Big Sky Festival. He has performed in several other reputable comedy festivals, including The Great American Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. He is on the second season Corporate on Comedy Central and stars in the Amazon Prime feature film Killer Kate! Lyon's sketch videos have been featured on Funny or Die, MSN, and Huffington Post, amongst other sites.
To celebrate the release of Scheduled Fun Time, parties are being held in Los Angles and San Francisco. The Los Angeles release party will be held on the day of the album release, Tuesday, March 24th, at The Blind Barber at 8:00 PM. The line-up features Dave Waite, Brent Weinbach, Carmen Morales, Sal Calanni, and Brendan Lynch. Tickets are free, but guests must be on the list to get in. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list. More information can be found here.
The San Francisco show will be at The Punch Line on Tuesday, April 14th at 8:00 PM. The show will be hosted by Liz Stone and will feature Joe Nguyen. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. They can be purchased here.
MORE ABOUT GRANT LYON
Described by San Francisco Weekly as “a hilariously sharp observer, not one of those tired white-guy bellyachers,” Grant was once a collegiate soccer player. He decided to pursue a career on stage instead of on the field, and that decision’s been rewarded by being chosen as a New Face in comedy at the Just For Laughs Festival, winning the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and being a finalist in the Big Sky Festival. He plays a fun role in the second season of The Comedy Central show “Corporate” and stars in the Amazon Prime feature film Killer Kate! As well as performing in a number of other prestigious comedy festivals including The Great American Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Grant’s performed on the TV show Comics Unleashed. He has appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, is heard regularly on Sirius/XM satellite radio, and has been a guest on numerous popular podcasts including Doug Loves Movies. As well as being a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, the film he wrote and starred in, Interview Date, was eligible for a short film Academy Award. Funny or Die, MSN, Huffington Post, and others are among the sites that have featured Grant’s sketch videos on their home pages. You might also recognize him from a number of national commercials including AT&T, Johnsonville Sausage, CiCi’s Pizza, and more.