By Josette Keelor
Comedian Lucas Bohn has made his career joking about tough topics he's experienced.
"I do a little bit about adoption and infertility," he said in a recent phone interview from Reston. "It's really hard, but it's just great to laugh about it."
When his fans learn he and his wife have been preparing to adopt, they meet him after shows to share their own experiences.
"Nothing in life is taboo," he said. If you're good at what you do and do it tactfully, he explained, you can make anything funny.
Bohn, who will perform for Comedy Night at the Bright Box Theater in Winchester next Saturday, said he started pursuing comedy 10 years ago after a friend asked him what he wanted in life.
"If you knew that you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do tonight?" his friend asked. His answer was to do stand up, something he had not been pursuing at the time.
He wrote some jokes and looked around for an open mic night, but landed a part in a comedy club show instead.
"I got a laugh, and I was hooked," he said. Since then he's made his own success, doing his own marketing and spending hours each day improving his craft.
In his act, he makes fun of himself and his family and does impersonations of well-know fictional characters like Yoda and C-3PO from "Star Wars," Scooby Doo and Shaggy, Elmo from "Sesame Street" and members of "Family Guy."
"That's kind of what I'm known for," he said, but "I'm constantly adding on."
He'll joke about anything -- except maybe politics.
"Why would you want to divide the room by talking about politics?" he explained.
In general, though, choosing heavy topics has served him well.
Growing up short and skinny, "I was the walking punch line," he said.
People in that position have two options -- "Talk on it and let it consume them, or make fun of it." He chose the path to laughter.
"If I get to the punch line first," he said, "it's not like anyone can say it and upset me."
Even as an adult, his physique has helped him in unexpected ways.
He remembered actor/comedian Kevin Hart telling him Bohn can get away with doing edgy material in the right context because he doesn't look threatening.
"'You can, because you're 5'4, you're skinny," Bohn remembered Hart saying. According to Bohn, Hart successfully jokes about violence, because no one believes he'd really do it.
As for Bohn, he's joked about needing his car whenever he's in a bar fight, and how he gets his young nephews to follow direction by using the voice of Elmo.
"They will do whatever I say as long as I do that voice," he tells an audience in a YouTube video of his routine.
"You know who hates that voice?" he asks the audience. "Cops, no sense of humor at all. None."
For Bohn, so far, being edgy and choosing the hard topics has paid off.
Recently he was nominated among tens of thousands of comedians for the College Comedian of the Year contest through Campus Activities Magazine.
"This is basically the Oscars for what I do on the college market," he said. "It was a huge honor to even be selected."
Comedy Night, at 7:30 p.m. on March 29 at the Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, will feature comedians Lucas Bohn from Reston and Corey Hunter from Metuchen, N.J. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, 540-665-2878 or www.brightboxwinchester.com.
Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or email@example.com