When did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
I knew that I wanted to be a comedian after I retired from the military. I once saw someone do stand up and I didn’t think that he was very funny. I thought to myself, “I can be just as unfunny and get paid too!” That was the beginning. I never felt that I was funny at all. I come from a funny family, but I was the most serious and studious person that you could imagine. I still have people tell me today that they have a hard time picturing me doing comedy.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about live comedy that they may not already know?
I would want visitors and locals to know that live stand up is the purest form of comedy. I love this forum. Most of the time we have a script that we follow like a play or movie when we step onto the stage. However, something may change that night that we were not expecting. You have to think quickly and adjust what you’re doing. We have to make it seem so easy that we’ve been doing this forever. A lot of people think that comedians were the class clowns or people searching for attention. I was neither one. I just needed a job. I work at this. Believe me, it is a job to me.
What’s the craziest thing to happen at a show?
The craziest thing that has happened to me has been fights breaking out in the audience. Not one, not two but three times in 2015. I thought that I was a fight magnet. They all seemed to start the same way. I get to a portion of my show where I do music. Now all through the show people are talking, but no one is policing the room. I decide to go on and talk through them. But as I get louder, so do they. I don’t like confrontation from the audience. That’s why I don’t do a lot of crowd work. So anyway, someone get upset because they can’t hear and next thing either security or the police were called. If it had happened once, I could understand. But three times, that’s crazy. lol
Where would you like to perform live comedy that you haven’t yet?
It’s really hard for me to say where I’d like to perform live comedy. Between being in the military and doing standup I have been almost everywhere. I have performed in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Atlanta and Miami. Out of the country, I’ve performed in Germany, Korea, Japan and The Bahamas. I guess if you threatened to pull my finger nails out while making me listen to classical music, I would say I’d like to perform in Hawaii. I’m pretty good about performing where people speak English and understand me.
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me? Believe it or not, I would like to try my hand on a cruise ship. Just to see what I could do. I don’t want that to be the end but it’s just something different. I wouldn’t mind being cast in a sitcom or movie. Nothing on the horizon right now. I’m just staying on the grind. You see, I never got into this for the fame or fortune. I needed a way to provide for my family. This career is so fickle, a lot of times I feel like I’m just a step away from being the guy sweeping up in the mall. It’s a job.
What social media do you use?
As for social media, I use Facebook and Twitter. I’m not much on Twitter. I use it when someone new follows me. I don’t think that my life is that interesting. Who needs to know what I ate for breakfast or my views on politics? Like I say I’m that average JOE. I live through other people and I enjoy their lives. Lol
Describe live comedy in 5 words or less
“Comedy is my life….period.”