Entertainment Spotlight : Adam Cayton-Holland


What made you want to be a comedian?

I was always a funny writer then I met my buddy Ben Roy and he told me he was a comic and that demystified the process for me. Went to an open mic, saw a few good comics, but more bad, and thought, hey I should give this a shot. I was back the next week with material and I haven’t stopped since.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about being a comedian that they may not already know?
It’s a grind. And you suck at it and don’t get paid for a long time. Be prepared to eat years of humble pie
How has the comedy circuit changed over the years?
I think it has kind of exploded in the past ten years in that there are more shows and comedy has become more academically respected – comics on NPR and seen as social commentators and what not. That said, there’s been booms and busts before, and many in my field feel the market is becoming over-saturated and we’re due for a bust. Hold on to your butts!

What’s the craziest thing to happen during a set?
Crackhead walking in talking loudly on a baby’s shoe as if was a telephone. Oof.
How did Those Who Can’t come about?
That’s an hour-long answer. Long and short of it, we made a web series called the Grawlix. We put it on Funny or Die and there was immediate interest, people telling us that we should write a script. So we did. Those Who Can’t. Then Amazon bought it. Then Amazon dropped it. Then truTV resurrected it. And here we are at Season Two. Crazy.
How has the response been from teachers and educators about Those Who Can’t?
Great! Lots of teachers come to our live shows as a night out. If you have a sense of humor, which you really have to as a teacher, you like our show. If you have a stick up your ass as a teacher, you don’t.
What’s the craziest thing to happen on set?
We had a “puke cannon” for an upcoming episode, a horror themed episode. No one could predict how strong that thing was and it went the fuck off. Blasting everyone and tattooing the walls in black, fake vomit. I have never laughed so hard in my life.
What’s next for you?
The inevitable march unto the grave.
What social media do you use?
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. In that order.
Describe comedy in 5 words or less
The search for your voice.

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