25 Jan

Chicago’s Comic: Bob Rok

Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?

A: When I was 12 years old I was in a school play. I improvised a line and I got a huge laugh. Something about the stage, lights and audience just spoke to me. I knew then I wanted to be a comedian.

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: My first comedy open mic was in 2004 at a room called Crush. I wrote about three minutes worth of material and performed it onstage in a Robin costume. Like Batman and Robin, Robin. I didn’t mention the costume once. I just did my material and got offstage. I was so scared to perform that I had to wear a mask and cape. I knew they would at least laugh at that.

Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?

A: I nervously look over my set and kind of pace in circles. Nervously muttering set-ups under my breath.

Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?

A: Chicago. This is where I learned how to perform. This where I fell in love with comedy and the stage. This city has given me everything and I owe it my entire career.

Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?

A: I co-produce Blue Line Laughs with Zach Zajac and Erik Harkness. Second and last Thursdays of the month at Independence Tap. I also co-write a monthly comedy show with “The Accountants of Homeland Security” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin called “Laughing Liberally.”

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: Coffee, my wife, Hip Hop

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Turkey, Pepper Jack cheese, Mayo, tomato and lettuce and onion.

Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?

A: A lot of people think I am Asian. Which I take no offense at whatsoever. I think it’s kind of awesome. I’m Mexican though.

Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?

A: I think I would want to be a farmer. I really like spending time outside and I worked at a city farm for a few summers. It was a lot of fun and deeply satisfying to watch things grow.

Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?

A: At 35 I have no delusions about fame or fortune. I really just get a kick out of performing. I love writing and performing either sketch or stand up. I love writing one great joke a day. Honestly I have an audience of thousands at my fingertips at all time. The future is surreal. When I was a kid I couldn’t even imagine what comedy looks like today. I’ve been really lucky over the years. I would love to perform for Conan O’Brien. He’s my idol.

Q: What quality, trait and/or body part do you really like about yourself?

A: My hair is dope as fuck.

Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you? [or anything else you’d like mentioned, i.e. your education, personal life or mission statement]

A: As I get older I realize how undervalued kindness and compassion are in modern society. It’s the only thing I happily endorse. Find purpose in being kind to other people. Find peace and value in being kind to other people. Find self worth and love in being kind to other people. The more you do it the easier it gets to do.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: When creativity is paying my mortgage.


  • 2019.01.26 – 20:00 @ Bob Rok Presents: Eat the Rich at Independence Tap
    (3932 W. Irving Park Rd.)
  • 2019.02.9 – 20:00 @ Laughing Liberally at ComedySportz Milwaukee
    (420 S. 1st St.)
  • 2nd/Last Thursdays – 20:00 @ Blue Line Laughs at Independence Tap
    (3932 W. Irving Park Rd.)


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