Get to Know: Ghetto Sketch Warlock

LuBu tha Ghetto Sketch Warlock is the alter ego of Bryan Roberts: an Austin-based sketch comedian, improviser, actor, and writer. People in the Austin Chronicle and Austinist have said stuff about him, but he doesn’t like to blow himself up too much. GSW conjures a variety show for your punk ass with raps, sketches, musical sketches, and solo scenes. We asked Bryan Roberts for some more deets.
How did you get involved with doing sketch comedy?

Bryan Roberts: I started by writing sketches for Gnap! Theater Project’s “No Shame Theater” show in 2003. In fact, my first No Shame was during an early Out of Bounds comedy festival. I’ve performed with a number of sketch troupes since than, and Ghetto Sketch Warlock is something I do when I’m not writing/performing with another troupe.

What’s your writing process like?

BR: Usually I just find something funny in conversations I have with people, or improv scenes that I do. I’m part of a weekly improv show at Coltowne (Stool Pigeon! Go see it!) and I’ve pulled material from there. Also, I find the funniest stuff comes from arguments. I don’t remember how we got there, but I came up with a Chef Boyardee sketch from a conversation I had at the Olive Garden.

What are you looking forward to at Austin Sketch Fest?

BR: Oh, everything. I’m gonna see as many shows as humanly possible. I was impressed by the Delicious Moments show last year, so I especially wanna see what they’ve got this year. Their energy is insane, I remember running out of breath just watching the show.

What can we expect from your ASF show?

BR: Raps, bizarre transitions, and of course, an element of surprise.

List 5 things about Ghetto Sketch Warlock, of which only 3 are true.

1. I have been married twice
2. My ex-wife has been confused for my mother
3. I am hilarious all the time
4. Everyone tries to do an impression of me
5. I’m 29 years old

Ghetto Sketch Warlock performs at Hyde Park Theater on Friday, May 25th at 10 PM, with Fantasy Sex Picnic. Tickets HERE.