Joe Sib is a man who wears many hats. So many hats that he doesn’t get much sleep – and that’s just the way he likes it. The father of two has been married for 14 years, played and toured the world with punk rock bands throughout the 90s, and co-founded Side One Dummy Records in 1996 with his business partner Bill Armstrong. Over the last 17 years Side One Dummy has signed and released over 300 records from bands such as Flogging Molly, Gaslight Anthem, ANTI-FLAG, Gogol Bordello and many more. Ever the music enthusiast, with a wealth of stories only a touring musician could boast, Sib began hosting the Complete Control radio show in 2004, which airs in seven cities across the country, including 98.7 FM in Los Angeles. Instead of abating Sib’s energy, the show added more fuel to the fire and spawned not only his one-man show – California Calling: A Story of Growing Up Punk Rock – but also an unexpected leap into stand-up comedy.
California Calling is a “broken word” roller coaster ride delivered with enough energy and passion to power an entire city. Sib began performing his multi-media show in 2009 and held residencies at the renowned Largo at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, took the stage at the 2010 and 2012 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX and performed to a sold-out crowd at Punchline Comedy Club in San Francisco, CA during the 2010 SF Sketchfest. Sib kept the show on the road and eventually began breaking the one-man show down into smaller bits. He also held a spot at the 2012 FYF Fest in Los Angeles.
As Sib’s craft grew, it transformed and took on new dimensions; it transitioned into straight up stand-up. Sib continues to work like a mad man, hitting the comedy circuits and making a name for himself in the comedy scene. Bringing the charisma and presence of a front-man who’s used to commanding massive crowds, the boundless energy and enthusiasm of a teenager and the relatable everyday experiences of family, friends, jobs and music, Sib’s created his own unique brand of stand-up and is an all-around funny man and family guy who gets it. To hash out new material, he occasionally pops in to Los Angeles and Orange County-area comedy clubs.
Last year, in conjunction with the Hollywood Laugh Factory, Sib established The Bare Bones Show, the ultimate version of the modern day variety show. Every third Thursday of each month, Sib hosts and curates a night made up of the best comics, storytellers, magicians and musicians. The only way to describe the show is “planned chaos” because you never know who might show up, get on stage and hijack the night. Aziz Ansari, Dane Cook, Bobby Lee, Daniel Tosh, Chris D’Elia and Iliza Shlesinger are just a handful of comics blatantly name-dropped here who have stopped by The Bare Bones Show unannounced.
Musician, label owner, radio host, stand-up comic, husband and father of two… no wonder Joe Sib never sleeps these days. You don’t want to miss a chance to see Sib on stage performing and hosting his own DIY take on comedy by breaking rules and making his own.
“At this point in my life,” reflects Sib, “there’s no turning back. My kids’ friends are always saying to them, ‘Why is your dad always dressed in black? …Your dad skateboards?! …Did your dad just call you ‘dude’?”
That’s Joe Sib.
Drennon Davis & Joe Sib
Tuesday, January 29th, 8pm, Punch Line Comedy Club