Q: How did you get involved in the show?
Sibley: Well, I didn’t want to be in it initially. I’ve been on the road for fifteen years, and really enjoyed being a rogue comic, doing things like The Bob and Tom Show. But I’m a newly-wed, just last year, and was ready for a new adventure. I had no idea about Branson, but I was asked to fill in for an old comedian and I thought it would be a different experience.
Q: How is the matinee show different than the evening show?
Sibley: The matinee show is definitely more challenging. I don’t know what it is, but people aren’t ready to laugh in the middle of the afternoon, whereas the crowd’s instantly won over at night. Laughter comes in the evening (laughs). It’s a challenge at night, but you want a challenge. If you don’t…you don’t have a heartbeat. But there’s definitely a thicker audience at night.
Q: Was it difficult getting ingrained in the show?
Sibley: I started off as a singer, so I could actually sing in front of anybody. I couldn’t talk at first but I sang, but now that I’ve been talking for fifteen years, I’m too scared to sing! (laughs) The creative avenues offered are far more than I’m used to!
Q: What are your hobbies outside of the show? Where can your fans find you on an off day?
Sibley: You can find me sleeping! I have one day off a week, so I’m in the cave on off days! When we moved here, my wife and I decided we were going to see a show at least once a week. My favorite so far is 70’s Music Celebration! Starring Barry Williams – it’s an all-around well-constructed show.
Q: Do you have a comedic hero? Is there a comedian you look up to or helped get you started?
Sibley: I looked up to two guys – Steve Martin and Steven Wright, with his monotone voice. My mentor is Tim Wilson, who’s a Southern comic.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about the Branson area?
Sibley: Well, I came to Silver Dollar City with my parents back in 1972, when all they really had here was Silver Dollar City. Branson’s changed quite a bit since then. Favorite thing to do? We like driving around and looking at the bizarro world – there’s a Titanic ship across from Walgreens, and King Kong on top of a building! I personally enjoy the new National BB Gun Museum.
Q: How would you describe the show for someone who’s never seen it?
Sibley: There’s something in the show for everybody and a song in there for everyone! You’re going to get real comedy with some personal anecdotes – it’s a real fun time!
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring comedians in Branson?
Sibley: Write your own material. You’ll never have your own voice speaking through other people’s words. You can sing someone else’s song but you can’t steal someone else’s words.