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Comedian Dak Rakow Says, "I try to have fun. That's how I lost over 59 jobs!"
Comedian Dak Rakow will bring his straightforward style to Mason City Limits Comedy Club this weekend. The Florida resident has performed on HBO's Comic Relief II, Comic Strip Live, on Fox and MSNBC's Headliners & Legends with Matt Lauer.
Rakow's comedy career began after he returned to Cleveland after a divorce.
Rakow served in Vietnam and earned the nickname "Kodak" because he always had a camera with him. It served as has stage name until The Kodak Company sued, now he just goes by Dak.
Dak started his career in the beginning of the comedy boom. "I moved back to Cleveland and struck up a conversation with four guys in a pizza parlor," Rakow said. "At the end of the conversation one of the guys asked if I had ever been to the Cleveland Comedy Club?
"He introduced himself and his friend as owners of the club and the other two guys were the comedians that week. Their names were Gary Shandling and Bob Saget."With a free pass in hand, Rakow said, he went to the show and ended up waiting tables at the club.
"One night, six months later, some comic canceled at the last minute and the owner told me to go up and take his place," Rakow said. "I'm a waiter, not a comic. I got tossed to the lions. It was awful. They told me to just get up there and talk for 15 minutes. Do you know how long 15 minutes can be?"
Rakow covered the canceled comic's spot for the rest of the week and ultimately was made house emcee. That was in 1980. Today, when on stage, Rakow describes his style as no gimmicks, no hooks, no tricks and no nonsense.
"I try to have fun. That's pretty much how I lost over 59 jobs," Rakow said. "I try to give the audience a mini vacation. I don't bring politics or the news into the view. People are bombarded with that every day"I just bring my stories."
Rakow, 62, said people tell him he reminds them of George Carlin, in appearance and mannerisms. "When I was younger I loved watching W.C. Fields movies," Rankow said. "My dad always made us watch The Ed Sullivan Show. I loved hearing my dad laugh at the comics."
Mason City Limits is located at 114 E. Chestnut ST. in downtown Mason City. For information visit: www.mclimits.com or call 217 482 5233.