After a decade as a professional Bay Area standup comic, Dave Pokorny of Petaluma decided he wanted something more from his work, and his life.
“I turned into a storyteller as a comic, because it turns out in standup comedy, they want a laugh every 10 to 15 seconds, and I had all these stories I wanted to tell,” Pokorny said.
“Comedy clubs were not going be the venues for me, so I vowed to put together a one-man show.”
The ultimate result of that decision is his solo show, “Based on a True Story,” which he first performed two years ago.
“I get to tell stories about doing standup, and when I got to be a stay-home dad for seven years.”
He’ll perform the show again at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Main Stage West, 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. Admission: $10. Information: www.mainstagewest.com, (707) 477-4416.
This performance kicks off “Flying Solo,” a new monthly stage series produced by Pokorny.
The series will continue Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 with North Bay writer and performer David Templeton’s “Wretch Like Me,” based on his adolescent years in Los Angeles County as a fundamentalist Christian.
And Bay Area comedian Alicia Dattner will perform her one-woman show, “Eat, Pray, Laugh,” based on her sojourn to India, on Nov. 19.
Pokorny also produces two other series performed at various North Bay venues: “Comics Stripped,” which features Pokorny interviewing Bay Area comics onstage, and “West Side Stories,” which opens the stage to people who sign up to tell a true, five-minute story.