March 7, 2014
The Beat really enjoyed our sit-down with Robert Post at a local coffee shop a couple weeks back, chatting about his upcoming 40th anniversary shows this weekend at the Lincoln Theatre. (Read our print piece here.)
We believe we might have referred to Post (see the print piece for his lengthy list of "titles") in a previous social media posting as a "funny man." Which is ironic, considering he outright told us "It was never my intent to be funny all the time."
(Aside - The Beat always does our very best not to fall into a classic interviewer trap of trying to be funny when interviewing someone known for being funny - you'll have to check with Post to see if we were successful.)
Post had developed a repertoire of original one-man theater that made use of his physical dexterity and coordination as well as a gift for the offbeat or absurd.
"I became 'the existential guy,'" he laughed.
"Then the economy tanked and I told myself I needed to be really funny."
Recently, and in particular in preparation for his 40th anniversary shows, Post has re-upped the ante for the absurd and thought-provoking in his show, a vanity (our word) afforded him as a result of his 40 years of cache built up with audiences.
"Every one of my pieces is different. I always thought of that as strength."
Another strength is his golf game. Well, he enjoys playing anyway, although he confesses to playing less frequently due to the fact that he just hurts afterward. We can commiserate. He's a longtime avid golfer, though, and his travels have afforded him the opportunity to enjoy this avocation - but perhaps none as much as a forthcoming upstate New York gig during which time he will be among the celebrities participating in the Pro-Am portion of a PGA Senior Tour event.
There's no way he's missing out on this, he said, at the very least to the benefit of his greater focus on his fun and funny video pieces. (Read the print piece.)
The man-not-on-the-street-but-in-some-interesting-place-that-Post finds pieces he credits to his wife. Post's life on the road means lots of time in hotels, which made Post claustrophobic.
"I gotta do something. So my wife Jackie said to just 'start taping what you see.'"
Which leads us very cleverly to...
The Columbus shows will be recorded to be used as part of an upcoming documentary /retrospective on Post's career. So check out the show - just remember he's not always trying to be funny.