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January 17, 2014

Former WWE star Mick Foley brings his comedy act to Royal Oak

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Former WWE star Mick Foley brings his comedy act to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle Royal Oak

When Mick Foley takes the stage in Royal Oak on Jan. 22, he won’t be surrounded by ropes, turnbuckles and thousands of screaming fans.

Instead, the WWE Hall-of-Famer will simply have a microphone, his stories and a much more intimate audience when he performs at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Foley, who is best known for putting his three different characters through countless extreme-style matches, said that he hopes to take his stand-up comedy audience on a journey similar to a wrestling match.

“I try to take them on a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride. It’s not all laughs,” Foley said. “The build up to me is just as important as the payoff, so it’s very much like a wrestling match in that when we’re done, people haven’t just heard some funny stories but they’ve kind of gone on a bit of journey with me.”

Foley said that his three personas during his time in WWE, Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind, do come out in different ways while performing now.

“When I get intense, I’ll channel a little old-school Mankind or Cactus Jack, and it’s fun. I kind of take people on a ride, and our fans enjoy the journey into yesteryear with a couple of my characters,” Foley said. “I can go from whispers to shouts. It’s not a punch-line heavy show, it’s a story-driven show, and the stories do tend to be funny, but they don’t have to be.”

Foley’s return to the Detroit area helped him reminisce on a significant moment that helped him extend his career in the squared circle.

“Detroit was where Mr. Socko (sock puppet) was born and came to life. I visited Mr. McMahon in the hospital in Lansing the day before, so Mr. Socko was born in Lansing, but when I got to Joe Louis Arena the next day for our TV taping, a couple of the writers came up and asked me if I had the Sockos because people were going crazy for it,” Foley said. “People out in the Joe had signs and were chanting for it, so I probably tacked on a couple extra years just by doing that.”

Foley will be performing on Jan. 22 at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak. There are still tickets available for the 8:00 p.m. show, which will be opened by Ann Arbor native Mike O’Keefe.