Comedian Phil Palisoul returns to Comedy Night at the Back Bowl in Eagle tonight, but for the first time he's bringing his wife to share the stage. Nora Lynch, Palisoul's other half, will open the show.
They aren't a comedy team in the traditional sense - "we don't work together like the Smothers Brothers, or anything," Lynch said - but they do occasionally book a gig together.
"More often than not, we don't even tell people we're married - Comedy Works let this out of the bag, this time," Lynch said. "It's not that it's a big deal or anything - we just prefer to be judged on our own merits and it can be a little awkward when I'm doing a joke about my 'husband' or Phil's doing a joke about his 'wife' - when really they're not necessarily based on each other, anyway."
But some of the jokes each comedian tells about their significant other are, in fact, based on truth, but Lynch isn't about to tell you which ones.
Who is funnier?
You might recognize Palisoul from his appearances on television - in addition to gigs on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and numerous other comedy showcases, he appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. But what you likely don't know is for a number of years, Lynch and Palisoul wrote television sitcoms together.
"We wrote for 'Caroline in the City'; 'Union Square'; 'Zoe'; 'Life's Work' and a number of others," she said. "Most of them you've never heard of because they were mostly canceled. That's not at all unusual since three out of four of them fail, on average."
The two have very different styles - Palisoul is more visual while Lynch is more verbal. So who is funnier?
"Phil's funnier," she said. "Period. Plus, he does this full time; I don't. I still do a good deal of writing; stand up is much more part time for me."
The two oftentimes bounce ideas off of each other for comedy bits.
"It's a very give and take/back and forth kind of thing," she said. "If I think of something for him, I let him know and vice/versa."
As for comedy couples, Lynch said it isn't all that unheard of within the industry.
"We know a number of 'comedy couples' - either comedy writers and/or performers that are together," she said. "It's not that rare. I mean, it's who you meet, you know? We've managed to stay married for 21 years, though. So there's that."
And after more than two decades, Lynch said that Palisoul still makes her laugh, often times when he's not even trying.