For a change, the comic that Lukas Seely Presents is Lukas.
Seely will headline two nights of comedy on Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m. at the Red Door Lounge. He plans to perform an hour of comedy each night, focusing on material from his life.
And, the big news: The shows will be recorded for an upcoming live comedy album.
“Well, we’ve been producing comedy shows in Billings for over four years now and from the beginning I’ve always wanted to headline in Billings, where I started comedy,” Seely said. “Usually I just host the shows and my regular show is different from when I host a show.”
Seely said his best friend and business partner, Wayne Wilcox, has been hounding him to come back and play a full show here. Over the last year, Seely hasn’t been back to Billings much and hasn’t performed here since last summer because he’s been focusing on his L.A. shows.
For the Billings shows, he wants to make use of a little advice he got from fellow comedian Bill Burr, who he recently toured with.
“He really opened my eyes on what makes me funny,” Seely said. “He said that my best stuff is when I am talking about myself and telling personal stories. So in the last seven months I have been working on building my act based around my real-life experiences.”
Seely said much of his new material comes from his childhood, growing up in Billings, from starting football to learning martial arts.
“My dad had me learn martial arts by watching old kung fu movies,” Seely said.
Seely graduated from Senior High and played running back for the Rocky Mountain College Bears’ football team.
This weekend is special for him because Seely is happy to come home to record his first comedy album here.
“It really hasn’t settled in just yet, but this is a big weekend for me. It’s special,” Seely said. “In the 11 years I’ve been doing comedy I haven’t put out a comedy album. I tried recording it once but I didn’t like the material I was doing at the time. It’s amazing how much my act has grown.”