Pat McGann is just your average Chicago guy, who happens to have a comedy special out now that was produced by Sebastian Maniscalco. So maybe he's not so average. When's Mom Gonna Be Home? is available now from Comedy Dynamics on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Comcast, Spectrum, Dish, DirecTV, Vimeo, YouTube, and any other place you find little nuggets of joy. McGann took some time to chat with Mike McKelly and Stefani Bishop on the Rocker Morning Show about his special, what working with Sebastian over the years has been like, and how comedy has changed during the pandemic.
"Very lucky to be with this guy," McGann admits about being taken under Sebastian Maniscalco's wing. "Before things got a little crazy he was in the biggest venues in the country and up through Canada and I was lucky enough to be his opener for years. He's producing this special for me which is really incredible."
This partnership didn't happen overnight. Maniscalco and McGann have known each other for years. "We met in Chicago at Zany's Comedy Club. I was the house emcee there. Sebastian was at the point in his career when he was just starting to sell out clubs. I opened for him for a Showtime special that they taped here in Chicago. Then two-and-a-half years ago when he started putting these tours together he asked me to come out with him, and asked me to be the opener."
Sebastian doesn't party on the road. He's strictly business. "He is such a focused guy," McGann says. "And that's what I learned about being on the road with him, just how much work it takes. He is kind of like a cat, he's not the most social. HE doesn't party, we're not going out every night. He takes us out to nice dinners and it's very chill and then it's work. He's a focused dude."
The title of his special is based on a very real event that happens every time he's flying solo with the kids. They ask when Mom is going to be home constantly. "The funny thing is the title. You can tell we named it five months ago. Now it's When's Mom NOT going to be home," McGann jokes about the pandemic putting a bit of a damper on that joke and live shows. "You gotta adjust a lot of things. It's harder to relate to. I'm not even doing a lot of shows. I'm doing Zoom shows."
Check out the full Rocker Morning Show interview with Pat McGann below.
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