"People are the worst. Am I right, people?"
DeVan Penegar is the founder of Degenerate Productions CLT.
DeVan started as a typical sad bastard singer-songwriter, putting out a DIY album called "Small Town" in 2008. After too many frustrating gigs in dive bars for drunks who didn't appreciate his incessantly whiny lyrics about depression, he traded the guitar for jokes and transitioned into doing stand-up. Still whiny. And often still about depression.
His jokes started as absurd one liners and observations but after too many hit or miss nights (mostly misses) he realized that style wasn't right for him. DeVan met one of his comedy heroes Marc Maron at the Laughing Skull in Atlanta and Maron's advice to "dig deeper" had an impact on him. For better or worse (mostly worse), DeVan has treated the stage like a therapy session ever since. When asked to describe his act DeVan simply said, "Most people annoy me." Perhaps a more accurate description of his comedy might be that he is presenting a dark immoral persona daring audiences to laugh at things they normally wouldn't.
Under Degenerate he has worked with his musical hero indie rocker Alina Simone and comics such as prankster Brendon Walsh. DeVan is slowly working on a book manuscript based on his SKETCHES OF DESPAIR.
DeVan is passionate about the Innocence Project
Above photo by Bobby Cochran.
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