In the quiet radio sound booth during a commercial break, “Angry” Patrick Beam is pleased with the Michael Jackson joke he’d just told on-air — “He did a ‘Reverse Pinocchio.’ He started out as a real boy but wanted to be a puppet," Melissa Tucker writes in Tuesday's Style section.
The 43-year-old comedian has always wanted to be in radio, and since signing a contract with Clear Channel in January, he’s living out a dream on two fronts.
“I would say from a young age, I chased laughs like some people chase drugs. That laugh is my high. I call it chasing the dragon. You get that laugh one time, and you spend the rest of your time chasing it,” he says.
Read about Beam and other Arkansas dragon-tamers who balance comedy with day jobs and families.