Not your regular comedy roast
About once a month in Columbus, you can find local comedians roasting storied characters ranging from Luke Skywalker to Maleficent. But on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Backstage Bistro, several of the city's funny men and women will tackle a new subject: an unborn child.
“I thought, ‘You know what? I can sell that,'” said the “Roast of Baby Winks” host and comedian, Nickey Winkelman, who is set to deliver her son in March. “So far everybody's been responding really well to it. They think it's a really funny idea.”
Winkelman and her boyfriend, Gabriel Guyer, will join a lineup of fellow parents and close friends in roasting their child.
“They know how to make fun of me,” Winkelman said of the other comedians. “They'll have a clever take on watching me go through this pregnancy, and what they think I'll be like as a mom, and what they think Gabe will be like as a dad.”
“You really don't know how insane children are until you have one,” said participating comedian Dave Burkey, who has a son. “I think that's a lot of what I'm looking forward to talking about in the roast.”
Anticipating the attributes of Baby Winks, Burkey said, “It's gonna be just an insane, talented monster of a child because she's so funny and her boyfriend is such a talented musician. She can sing, too. I hate everyone that has real talent.”
“It's a fun way to celebrate the new life a couple of really cool people are going to be having soon,” he added.
Winkelman expects being a new parent will alter her work schedule, which includes a weekly show, “Tuesdays with Mak & Winks,” at the Backstage Bistro.
“But creatively, I know it's going to be an endless supply of new material,” she said. “I would love if [my son] became an artist of any kind. Then we could all be poor.”
Starting a family has solidified Winkelman's commitment to staying in Columbus, where she is passionate about booking unique events, like the well-received, one-person show “That's Just Crazy” in 2017. The production was about performer Robbie Nance's battle with schizophrenia.
“I used to think, ‘Okay, I'm going to get my start here, I'm going to get really good and then I'm going to move out to L.A. or Chicago or New York,'” Winkelman said. “My end goal was always ‘Saturday Night Live.' … I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to do bigger and better things, but I also don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to stay put.”