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I like to throw parties, but only for people who want to come out and have a good time. I hate it when I ask people if they are coming, and their response is, "Yeah, we will stop by." I would rather you not come at all, then do me the favor of stopping by. Ususally people who stop by come when I am still getting ready, make me talk to them while I am still sober, and bring some cheap bottle of wine that some random who I am trying to kick out is drinking at 3 in the morning. Are you so important that you have to make the rounds of all your events that you can hang out for one night. If someone says they are stopping by, I just consider them someone who is not a friend.
By the way, I am having a party in February.
COME CHECK OUT THE MONTHLY SHOW AT THE MELROSE IMPROV I PRODUCE.
$10 AT THE DOOR, BUT IF YOU E-MAIL ME, I WILL COMP YOU AND YOUR GUESTS.
8162 MELROSE AVE
THURSDAY FEB 23TH
$10 COVER CHARGE
COMICS TO APPEAR:
RICK SHAPIRO-EMCEE(CONAN/LUCKY LOUIE)
CHRISTIAN FINNEGAN(CHAPPELLE SHOW)
JEFF RICHARDS(SNL ALUM)
AND JORDY FOX, ME.
1. When did you first decide you wanted to be a comedian and why?I decided I wanted to be a comedian after the first time I went on stage. I was right out of college, back in LA, which is my hometown, and I was working an office job. My boss, was a miserable older woman, who would yell at me all day, and I hated her. I need an outlet for my anger, and I decided to talk about her doing comedy. I went to the Laugh Factory, which at the time, had a good open-mike for beginners, signed up and did my 3 minutes about how this miserable woman was ruining my life. It felt good to talk about her, and after that night, I wanted to be a comedian.2. What do you think makes a good comedian?Someone who raps on stage, uses a guitar, and does material about his faulty Nintendo. And anyone who can do all three is a legend.I actually think originality is key. A lot of comics get laughs from the crowd, but you feel like that comic is doing an act you've seen before. I think a comic who will take chances, and not someone who relies on doing the same set over-and-over for years. Good material.A joke that can make you laugh from the gut, a rant that makes you feel something, or material that makes you think and laugh at the same time. Someone who doesn't try and please the crowd. I mean your job is to make the crowd laugh, but you don't have to be a circus clown about it. Someone who doesn't get rattled by the crowd. Sometimes the crowds think since it's a live show, they can talk as much crap as they want, and it's nice to see a comic shut someone up.
3. With the qualities stated in question 2, who do you think is a good comedian?
I have a lot of favorties.Two guys I like to watch a lot are Rick Shapiro and Brian Holtzman.They both have a lot of energy, and they use a real raw emotion, Some would say angry, but I hate it when people say they are angry comics, because they are more than just angry. You also feel like you might see something new each time you watch them.Zach Galifianakis and Jason Gillearn make me laugh everytime I see them. They have a million jokes, that make you laugh hard, but they also don't seem to care about what the crowd thinks. Jeffrey Ross is great to watch. I love when he rips on the crowd. He is always calm on stage too. Nothing rattles him. Other guys I really like to watch are Paul F. Tompkins, Jeff Richards, Louis CK, Johnny Sanchez, Jim Norton, Joe Rogan, Kelly Kursten, Duncan Trussell, Brody Stevens, Arj Barker, Doug Stanhope, April Macie, Al Madrigal, and two guys we lost this year. Mitch Hedberg and Freddy Soto. Mitch had a million funny jokes, and Freddy was an amazing storyteller. Freddy was a great comedian, and I know that although he is gone, he, like Mitch Hedberg, still will have a major impact on comedy for years to come.4. What is the biggest obstacle in your career that you have had to overcome?
Too not scream at the crowd. If a joke didn't go well, or if the crowd was loud and talking, it would drive me crazy, and my first reaction would be to go off on someone or the whole crowd. I had to learn deal with those things better, because if I didn't, someone would have waited outside the club to stab me, or I would never get stage time.5. What piece of advice do you give to new comedians that upon looking back, you would have given yourself your first years of performing?Be patient. Get up on stage as much as you can. Play as many places that have a mike. Don't worry about trying to get in the clubs. Eventually you'll wind up there. Write, write,write. I still wish I wrote more, but writing really helps.
6. When can they see you next? (clubs/events)I perform all during the week.You can see me at the La Jolla Comedy Store March 24-25 with Jeff Richards. Jeff was on SNL for a few years. I produce shows too, and you can see me at the Melrose Improv on Thursday Feb 23rd at 10:30 which will be a myspace comedy event. The M Bar is a great club in LA, and I produce a show there once a month, SHORT FILMS AND STAND-UP COMEDY, and the next one is Tuesday Feb 28th 8pm. I play the Comedy Store in LA a lot, as well as the Melrose Improv.
7. What comics would you like to share the stage with?I am not really sure. I have already gotten to perform with a lot of great comics. Garry Shandling. Dave Chappelle.
8. What is the most memorable experience you have had in your career?My first time on stage
9. What do you think is the biggest misconception of comedians that people have?That we should be funny all the time. When I get off stage, I never want to try and make people laugh.
10. What were some of your favorite sitcoms?Cheers, Night Court, All the in the Family. Married With ChildrenI am looking forward to watching "Lucky Louie" which will be on HBO in June. It is the first family sitcom on cable, so I think they will be able to take more chances, and in return it'll be funny. It has a good cast, mostly comics that I like. I think this show will be good for the sitcom genre, as well as good for comics and comedy as a whole.
11. What is your favorite movie?Spaceballs
12. When and how did you first hear about MySpace.com? Have you connected with anyone that you have wanted to, if not, who would you like to re-connect with?This girl came up to me after a show, and told me I should get I myspace to promote all my future shows. Once I have gotten on myspace, it has made it easy for me to keep in touch with all the people who like my comedy, or going to see comedy in general. It has helped me to get to know other comics in other cities, and other people who are involved in comedy. It is the best place to promote a show. It sounds like a gay commercial, but whatever...