Dylan Shelton is building quite a reputation in standup comedy. He recently moved to New York, the comedy mecca, but he's still booking national acts at Woodlands Tavern. Shelton has created a popular spot for local comedy aficionados, and word is spreading in the industry.

Dylan Shelton is building quite a reputation in standup comedy. He recently moved to New York, the comedy mecca, but he's still booking national acts at Woodlands Tavern. Shelton has created a popular spot for local comedy aficionados, and word is spreading in the industry.

He spoke with me about bringing comics to Columbus as well as his upcoming Christmas comedy showcase.

When did you get into comedy?

I started comedy in September 2009. I did 500 shows in the first year and a half, just getting up anywhere: Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, New York.

Why have you been so successful at bringing comics to Woodlands?

Everybody that's played here - Hannibal Buress, Kurt Metzger, Rory Scovel - has loved it. Todd Barry got back from his shows and emailed comics saying it's a great venue.

People want to come here because this room has gotten a lot of respect nationally. I'm mostly known as, "Who's Dylan? Oh, the guy that runs that really awesome room in Columbus."

Neal Brennan loved the room, and he's coming back in May. Hannibal is coming back; he told me he did around 150 shows last year and this was one of his favorites.

Tell me about your upcoming Christmas show.

This is the third year. I did it at Byrne's the last two years. Fortunately Woodlands has beer & pizza too, so we can keep the name. We brought it over here because this is a better venue. This time it'll be two nights, and we're running it like a Christmas comedy festival.

What's the format?

At the end of each hour the headliner will do 20 minutes. Geoff Tate has been out in Los Angeles and just moved back to his hometown, Cincinnati. He's scary funny and will be featured as a headliner with Dave Waite.

And 10 local guys will do 10-minute spots each night. It's really a showcase of Columbus' best talent.

What comedians do you admire?

The people I grew up with - Sam Kinison, George Carlin - I was always engrossed by. I watch Louis C.K., and he's the one who makes me be a better man [laughs].

My favorites are Mike Vecchione, Anthony Jeselnik, Kyle Kinane, Nate Bargatze Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel.

You see the genius in them. That's why I brought them in - I just wanted to have a conversation with them. I feel like these guys are going to be household names down the road.