Born in 1982, comedian Reggie Melbrough is a member of Generation Me--people born between 1970 and 1999 who grew up hearing, "You can be anything you want to be, sweetie. All you have to do is try," and "There are no losers. You're all winners."
But when he read the book of the same name by Jean Twenge, Melbrough saw something funny about there being a whole generation of whiners.
Melbrough grew up in Boise but moved to Washington, D.C., after graduating from Boise State with a teaching degree. A few factors made the decision to move across the country a very easy one.
"I had a friend from Boise who moved out there, and I really needed to get out of Boise," Melbrough said. "I couldn't grow. And I was one of the few black kids, so everybody knew who I was."
What D.C. offered him was community, culture and a place with more opportunities to hone and practice his comedy. But Melbrough still likes to bring the funny home, and this is the second year he has done his Generation Me Comedy Tour in Boise.
He'll be joined by Boise-based funny men Ryan Noack and Heath Harmison, who were part of Melbrough's inaugural tour last year, and host Olek Szewczyk who is new to the lineup. The group will perform on Wednesday, July 13, at Neurolux and at Northern Lights Cinema in Nampa on Saturday, July 16.[ Video is no longer available. ]