If blessed with a name like Costaki Economopoulos, one might foster a career in the food industry: "Welcome to Costaki's. Would you like to try our spanakopita, moussaka and baklava special?" Or one might go into comedy.
Economopoulos, who will perform at Reef on Friday, Feb. 4, chose the second route. Economopoulos spent the last couple of decades not only honing his craft, but also pursuing ways he could make a living as a full-time comic--something he knew he wanted to do from the time he was at the University of Georgia studying political science. Though he can now afford to spend less time on the road and more time at home with his wife and kid--with gigs like his weekly spot, "The Economonologue" on the highly rated Bob and Tom radio show--he never had any delusions of monetary grandeur.
"Unlike most of my peers, I set the bar very low," Economopoulos said. "When I was in college, my goal was to make $20,000 a year telling jokes. I still remember doing my taxes the first time that was true. I fucking cried. It was a beautiful moment for me. I remember thinking, 'I am a full-time comic.'"
Although he's married to someone he admits is far more famous than he--fellow comic Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)--there are a couple of other reasons to go see Economopoulos when he's here in town: He's an incredible joke craftsman, and if you ask nicely, he might give you the family recipe for keftedakia.[ Video is no longer available. ]