Hosting a weekday early morning radio show means going to bed early every night — unless you’re performing stand-up comedy on the weekends.
“Saturday is my only off day on my sleep schedule, so I can stay awake until 10:30 or 11 o’clock,” said Steve Cochran, who is the morning drive host from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN 720 AM radio and performs stand-up comedy on the weekends. “Which is good, because if I fell asleep during the (stage) show I would offend everybody.”
Cochran, along with comedians John DaCosse and Pat McGann, will present The Cochran Comedy Tour on April 19 at the Copley Theatre in Aurora.
The Cochran Comedy Tour features solo stand-up sets from each performer as they talk about their lives, family and other topics. The show is rated PG-13.
“We do a clean show,” Cochran said. “None of us work blue. That is reflective of WGN. We owe that to the audience. It’s harder to be funny clean than to be funny dirty.
“John does new stuff,” Cochran continued. “I do mostly topical humor. Pat is a dad with little kids, so he has a different perspective. It is a nice full night of laughs.”
In addition to his radio show gig, Cochran has been entertaining audiences in comedy clubs for more than a decade. He has performed with Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling, among others.
DaCosse has been doing stand-up for more than 30 years and has been the opening act for such performers as Jay Leno, Howie Mandel and Louie Anderson.
McGann created and hosted the WTTW-TV Channel 11 show “The Chicago Stand-Up Project,” in which local celebrities learn to do stand-up comedy. He also is a regular on ABC TV’s “Windy City Live” and WGN radio.
“McGann’s been on the David Letterman show and they have asked him to come back,” Cochran said. “John is a regular on my radio show and Pat has been on my show several times.”
For the Cochran Comedy Tour, usually DaCosse goes on first, then Cochran and then McGann.
“Then I come back at the end of the show with the three of us,” Cochran said. “We either do a slide show and make fun of news stories or we take questions from the audience.”
Performing the stand-up comedy show about once a month, Cochran works with different comedians at different venues.
“I’ve spent 20 years in this town, so all the comedians here are my friends,” he said. People like Mike Toomey and Ana Belaval, we do the stand-up shows with many of them.”
For a date in Frankfort at CD & ME on May 17, Cochran will perform with Tim Benker and Tim Cavanagh.
“I like to go on tour and meet my incredible radio listeners,” Cochran said. “In addition, it’s great to be getting paid to hang out with my friends and make people laugh.”