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David Burdge is Functioning Just Fine, Thank You

November 4, 2019 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

East Coast native turned Omaha-resident David Burdge has always had a great appreciation for comedians and a good sense of humor. Even at a young age, bringing the humor to a situation was important to him.

“I think I was always the funny guy at the party. I was always the one trying to crack jokes,” Burdge says. “I don’t think they always landed, necessarily…”

In 2015, Burdge decided to pursue his interest in comedy. After spending time listening to comedy albums, he decided to take an improv class. He says he was nervous as he walked into that first class, but by the end he was having a great time.

“I have a pretty normal office job, and I was getting to a point where I was like ‘man, I need a hobby. I need something to do.’” Burdge says. Then he discovered the classes.

Burdge says focusing on improv in the beginning of his comedic career allowed him to think freely. For someone eventually pursuing stand-up, improv gives them the opportunity to relax and let the scene happen before going into stand-up, which is more structured.

In 2017, Burdge won the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Comedian. He credits this accomplishment with inspiring his stand-up career, as he now focuses on stand-up, not improv.  

His stand-up career, however, has a different angle than some other comedians. His show is titled Gay AF, and throughout the performances, he draws from personal experiences. 

“I had a period of time where I was trying not to own the whole gay comic thing, but now I’ve owned it and it’s part of who I am,” Burdge says. “I like to make fun of myself. It’s been important for me to tell my story about coming out, what it’s like being gay in this day and age, being in my 30s and being gay. I grew up in New York and my parents moved to Iowa, so I had that perspective. I have plenty from my life to be able to pull from.”

David Burdge in the Old Market

While Burdge tells his story, he credits some of his comfortability and ownership to fellow comedian and friend Daniel Franzese. He met Franzese, best known for his character Damien in Mean Girls, for the first time last October.

“I was at The Max seeing Raven, who is a drag queen,” Burdge says. “He [Franzese] was here because he was performing at Wayne State. Him and I started chatting, because I went down to the bar and I started fangirling. I took myself and I had my moment and I left him alone.”

Later on, however, Burdge went outside, and ran into Franzese again. The two started talking. Burdge says Franzese found him funny, so Burdge sent him his five minute set. Next thing he knew, he was invited to open for Franzese the following day at Wayne State.

Following the show at Wayne State, Franzese had other shows in the area and Burdge continued to open for him. In being Franzese’s “road comic,” Burdge says they have created a strong friendship.

“We just have so much in common. We’re just big gay guys trying to do stand-up,” Burdge says. “He is so much about using his platform to lift up queer artists. Anybody that he can help promote if they’re worth it, he’s gonna do it. He’s really given me so many opportunities.”

On top of opening for Franzese at college performances, Burdge performed in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store. He did stand-up at RuPaul’s Drag Con, which Franzese hosted, as a part of the House of Glen CoCo stand-up show. He’s excited for what the future brings and opportunities to come.

“Every time we’re around [each other] I get such good material out of it, or new things that I think to write about,” Burdge says. “He gives me a unique perspective on comedy and things that I can write about and things that I can talk about. The confidence boost he’s given me is just above and beyond.”

Burdge describes his relationship with Franzese as authentic, and says he is thankful to find that type of friendship in this competitive atmosphere.

“It gets competitive in a very passive aggressive way at times,” Burdge says. “Overall we try to support each other…there is that competitive nature at times. We want to see each other succeed but we also want those things for ourselves.”

Burdge says he believes success in the comedy world is based largely off luck and timing, and he is very thankful for the opportunities he’s had.

He plans to continue practicing, writing, listening to Britney Spears to “amp him up,” and getting better. At the end of it all, however, he wants comedy to be something he can continue to enjoy—wherever that leaves him with it.

“I’ve always told myself if I’m not happy with [stand-up], I’m not gonna do it,” Burdge says. “I’ve had those moments where certain things I don’t like about it, I’ve stopped doing those things, because it’s not about that for me. It’s my happy place.”

Visit @gayafomaha on Facebook or @david.the.gay on Instagram for more information.

This article was printed in the November/December 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

David Burdge drinking a Coke

Don’t be a Mean Girl

October 18, 2018 by

Poster by John-Paul Gurnett

Pick of the Week—Saturday, Oct. 20: Gay AF: A Comedy Show, featuring Daniel Franzese from Mean Girls is happening this weekend at Flixx Lounge & Cabaret Show Bar, and we have a lot of feelings about it. David Burdge will be the host for this special show, which will also feature several other local comedians. But you don’t need ESPN to know why we’re extra excited—there will be a meet and greet with Franzese after the show, with photos and merchandise available. Miss this one and you won’t ever be the cool mom. It’s going to be fetch, so you go, Glen Coco, and go early! Because at only $5, you can’t sit with us if you’re late. So get in, loser. We’re getting tickets here.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Israeli-born Jewish rapper from New Jersey Kosha Dillz has been dubbed “the world’s most interesting rapper.” And that title certainly seems well-deserved. He’s worked with everyone from Macklemore to RZA to Snoop Dogg. (You might recognize one of his songs from a Super Bowl commercial.) While his skin color, quick lyrics, and freestyle skills likely draw comparisons to Eminem, it’s his unique worldview that makes him stand out. Plus, his renowned rapport with the audience guarantees you’ll have a great time. Check him out tonight at Reverb Lounge. Chances are, you won’t be able to see him live in an intimate venue like this for much longer. Get your tickets here now.

Friday, Oct. 19: It’s the first Rocksteady, Reggae & Soul Night at Dundee’s Place this Friday, so get your jammin’ shoes on. The DJ will spin actual records featuring Soul, Ska, Reggae, Motown, and Rocksteady music you can free your mind to while sipping on a nice cold Red Stripe or a tasty Appleton Estate rum drink. Click here to keep up with the details.

Friday, Oct. 19 to Saturday, Oct. 20: Think you need some survival practice for the upcoming zombie apocalypse (or other world-ending event)? Haunted Zombie Shoot House at 88 Tactical has you covered—literally. They will provide the airsoft guns and protective gear for you and your team to conquer the “live” zombies. Want to save yourself in the end? Better practice now. All that running and zombie hunting can really work up an appetite, so Halloween treats will be available in the Ammo Box Cafe. Don’t ask for the brains, though. That’s a dead giveaway you’ve been infected. Learn more here (while you can).

Sunday, Oct. 21: Growl-O-Ween 2018 is here! Head to Woof & Whiskers with your pet in tow (as long as they’re friendly) and take your doggo child trick or treating. Best of all, your dollars will be going to local charities. For a $10 donation, you and your dog can enjoy games, treats and tricks, and visit the vendors. Caricature drawings of your babe are an additional $10, and professional pet groomers will be doing Nail Trims ($10) & Grinds ($12). If your pup is feeling it, dress them up and enter them in the costume contest to win big prizes. Happening from noon until 3 p.m. Having some training/behavior issues? No problem. You can still participate in the fun. Find out how by putting your paw down here.