Virginia Beach native makes ‘em laugh

Glenn Rose, from Kempsville, Virginia, performs his stand-up at the Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, Texas. Southside Daily/Courtesy of Glenn Rose)
Glenn Rose, from Kempsville, Virginia, performs his stand-up at the Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, Texas. Southside Daily/Courtesy of Glenn Rose)

At 25 years old, Glenn Rose, a Virginia Beach native, might just be crowned the Funniest Person in Austin.

Rose, a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University, calls Kempsville home but moved to Austin, Texas in 2015 to pursue his passion for stand-up comedy.

“I’ve always wanted to do it,” Rose said. “When I was 4 or 5 years old, my parents would ask me what I wanted to be, and I would say: ‘Comedian!’ I didn’t know it was difficult to make money doing it, I just thought it was a career path.”

It wouldn’t be the first time Rose followed a more difficult path. A political science major, and a previous track and field competitor, his event of choice was the steeplechase — a 3,000-meter run with a series of hurdles and a 12-foot water pit. Never easy, Rose said, but he always finished feeling good.

Rose’s resilient attitude is necessary for the world of showbiz.

“In January of 2017, I stopped (performing) for a month after I bombed my first two open-mics.  I thought, maybe I’m really bad at this,” he said.

But after attending Austin’s annual South by Southwest Comedy festival, and chatting with other comedy fans, Rose was inspired anew.

This year will be Rose’s second time as a competitor in the Cap City Comedy Club’s FPIA competition, having placed as an alternate in 2018.

“This year, it was a difficult night,” Rose said. “The way it works is there are 15 people per night, and three people move on to the next round, and one person gets (awarded) joke of the night. They called me up for joke of the night, and I was like dammit, I didn’t make it. But then I got one of the spots. It feels really good, I’m really happy about it.”

The FPIA semi-finals will take place from May 5-7, with the final night of the contest on May 13.

This year’s grand prize is $3,000 and according to Cap City’s website, the “subsequent (possible) fame.”

For more information on the FPIA competition visit their website here.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.