How did you get into comedy?
What was it like going from sales to comedy?
When I turned 25, I figured that I needed to either pursue my dream or move one. And, even though I did well at sales, I knew that I absolutely positively did not want to be a salesman for the rest of my life. Although for booking gigs and knowing how to talk to TV producers and comedy big shots, my sales experience could not be more valuable. I know plenty of funny people who just don’t understand how to market themselves or talk to a client. Of course, when you’re selling yourself as a product, it’s kind of hard not to take it personally when people aren’t buying what you’re selling.
What was it like being a pedicab driver?
What’s your craziest Conan story?
The funniest thing I did on Conan was playing a naked cop directing traffic in front of the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan. I was in cop shoes, socks, and hat, with a flesh colored speedo on. It was flesh colored for somebody but far too tan for me. My skin color is closer to copy paper than any commercially available flesh tone speedo. I guess New Yorkers are so used to the unusual that people actually followed my directions. That was the funniest part for me. We wrapped up the shoot when an actual cop (although who really knows) threatened to arrest me for impersonating a police officer. The video is on my website: www.davegoldstein.com.
What do you want locals and visitors to know about live comedy that they may not already know?
The only thing I’d want people to know about live comedy is that it’s just as specific as music. If you like country or rap, you may not want to show up and find out your performer that evening is an opera singer. There’s an old saying, “there are horses for courses.” And even though comedians are generally jack assess, the saying makes sense for us too.
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