Audio By Valerie, Words By Dave
I didn’t know Chip Pope and I had so much in common: We’ve both lived near Corpus Christi. He was raised in Amarillo, and I can point out Amarillo on a map. He was on Austin Stories, and I have seen Austin Stories on YouTube.
Pope is of the the mid school of Austin comedians. This isn’t official since I haven’t broken out the Bunsen Burners, and created an algorithm using chaos math to actually determine the beginnings and ends of Austin comedy eras, but he was in his 20’s when Mtv was still something and he was the youngest winner of the Funniest Person in Austin Contest in 1996. Oh, and the Velv Comedy Lounge was the Velveeta Room in it’s old location. So… whatever era that was, that’s where Chip Pope comes from.
Chip Pope talks to Valerie Lopez about his passion for comedy writing (something he’s been into since at least the 3rd grade). The writing, including the work he did with his comedy partner Howard Kremer has lead Pope to some amazing opportunities throughout his career. He loves writing, and it oozes from every nook and cranny of the interview.
In case you didn’t know, Pope was, along with Howard Kremer and Laura House, part of a show that was produced by and aired on Mtv in 1997 called Austin Stories. It only ran a season, but it was a glorious season. If you’re new to town, this is a cool way to see old (?) Austin. Anyway at Out of Bounds Comedy Festival this year, there will be a reunion.