The local comedian, filmmaker and political activist has a lot of love to give

Travis Irvine is a Columbus-born-and-raised filmmaker, journalist, comedian and political activist. His movies are available from Amazon Video and Troma Entertainment. His journalistic work has been featured on Viceland and the Guardian. His debut comedy album, Guy from Ohio, is available on iTunes and Spotify. And his political campaign videos have been featured on “The Jay Leno Show” and PBS' “NewsHour.” And he's done this all while wearing Ohio on his sleeve (or shirt). As he prepares to headlines the premiere Strange Loop Comedy Nightat the Four String Hilltop Taproom on Saturday, April 7, Irvine shared his very-specific list of things he loves about his home.

The Columbus comedy scene

The Columbus comedy scene is so much more than it was when I started out 10 years ago. There are open mics almost every night, several booked shows throughout the week and a bunch of dope veteran and developing comedians who are all worth their stage time. It's a great way to break up any Midwest monotony and get a local laugh!

The Ohio governor's race

Ohio is always a microcosm of what's happening on the national political stage, and this year's governor's race will not disappoint. The Democratic race is split between an establishment candidate and a progressive challenger, while the Republican race has descended into the dirtiness we became accustomed to with Trump and his opponents. Look for the Libertarians and Greens to have an impact in the general, as well. 2018 is gonna be a juicy one!

The #SaveTheCrew movement

While we fans can only do so much to help the Crew SC stay in Columbus, it's been exciting to see the city rally around the #SaveTheCrew movement and our soccer community. I've been a Crew fan since I was 12-years-old, and going to home games with family and friends this year always takes me back to the original days of professional sports in our city. Columbus 'til I die!

The Ohio film community

From hardworking film crews to beautiful and affordable locations, and talented actors to production houses that provide quality equipment, the Ohio film community is ready to become a force in the industry. I've been impressed with our film scene's strong foundation so far. With a little help from better state tax credits the only way to go is up!

Columbus media outlets

OK, this one may sound like a gimme, but I wouldn't know about the things I love without all the great Columbus media outlets! I obviously love Alive, but have also enjoyed the variety of stories from Columbus Underground, 614 magazine, the Columbus Free Press and several of the columns in the Dispatch. Not to mention “All Sides with Ann Fisher” and anything on WCBE. These really are the best ways to stay up to date on everything I love in my hometown!