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Interview with Jacky Beren

Jacky B is a Fort Lauderdale-based stand-up comedian who recently moved to NYC. Jacky discusses her life experiences including her crazy family, experience in sex and dating, and overall questionable morals. With her sweet looks and sarcastic style, she easily captivates audiences of all walks of life and shows that she can hold her own in a male dominated industry. She has opened for Myq Kaplan, Forrest Shaw, Matt Fulchiron, performed at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, West Palm Beach Improv, The Filmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Creek and the Cave, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival and the 2015 Floridas Funniest Competition. Jacky is also known for running two very popular shows in South Florida at Gigi’s Music Cafe in Sunrise and American Rock Bar in Deerfield Beach. You’ll be sure to be laughing while Jacky’s…Just Kidding!

Jacky Beren

1) What motivated you to start doing stand-up comedy?

I always wanted to do standup. I had my own radio show and I like having my voice be heard.

2) If you could hang out with anyone alive or dead? Who would it be and why?

It would be Martin Luther King Jr., because I feel like he made a difference in the world. I would like to talk to him and learn how he made a difference.

3) Who are your favorite comedians to watch (locally and nationally)?

Local: Mike Atcherson; his creativity, he’s a good joke writer and the I like the type of jokes that he comes up with. Trey Maddox; he’s really funny and Jesse Thompson; I like the character that he has and he is very creative. National comics that I enjoy watching are Tig Notaro, because of her ability to turn pain into hilarity and Tom Segura as I find him to be relatable.

4) Why did you decide to move to NYC?

I always wanted to move here & for comedy.

5) Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Jillian Jacobs from Love, because she messed up a lot & she’s ok with it. Kind of like me.

6) How do you feel about women in comedy?

It’s great. Not enough of us. They put boundaries between sexes. There is a lot of camaraderie & support in the NYC scene. I also believe instead of having just women shows that all sexes should be able to perform together.

7) What is your advice to new comics?

Get on stage, write as much as possible, listen to your peers, don’t be cocky and either go all out or don’t commit at all.

8) What don’t you like about stand-up comedy?

The politics and cliquishness. Everyone is equal and deserves a fair shot. The ego; unless you are a comedian that’s fully making a living you shouldn’t judge other comics. No one is better or worse.

9) What is it about you that makes you awesome?

I messed up everything that I touched in life and I still survived and another thing that makes me really awesome is that outside of comedy I like cats and dogs.

10) Why should people check you out at a show at Gigi’s?

Awesome place, food is great, family owned & supportive community atmosphere where you can enjoy free comedy.

Interview with Manny Garavito

Manny Garavito is a self-made comedian in Miami. Most bookers look the other way before ever deciding to book him, but always look his way to get the best ideas. Has lived off comedy for over three years in a city where comedy isn’t as popular in comparison. Manny started Brickwall Sessions Comedy to practice balancing creativity and business and three years later manifested Miami Comedy; a central hub where comedy is accessible to both the audience and comedians with the process of affiliate marketing. One of the most influential comedians in the city. But no one will tell you that, so you heard it here first.

Manny Garavito

1) What motivated you to start doing stand-up comedy?

I always enjoyed watching stand-up comedy when I was young. I first started thinking of doing it when I was watching Bill Hicks. I liked him a lot and I started getting into NY comedy through cringehumor they were the people that ran “The Stand Comedy Club” and produced comedy shows all over New York.

2) If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

To disrobe people by looking at them, because nobody would want to fight you when they are butt naked.

3) What type of comedians do you enjoy watching (locally and nationally)?

Local: John Vargas, he’s standup comedy. He goes up and has it all figured out. He’s consistent. Phatchopz, he just doesn’t care and is great at roasting. Fasil, because he’s super awkward and I enjoy seeing how he handles it on stage. Bill Burr, Eddie Murphy, Sebastian Maniscalco, Kirk Fox, Rich Hall and Todd Rexx.

4) What types of food do you enjoy eating when you have time to cook?

Eating a lot of greens. Mostly spinach, kale and I had really been getting into eating Indian food.

5) What do you love most about stand-up comedy?

As a comedian you are able to transfer ideas and put ideas out there by using the freedom of speech and you get immediate feedback with a laugh for all of your hard work. It’s an incredible art form that is super under rated.

6) Who is the person that you would want to hang out with and where would you take them?

Groucho Marx; he’s a genuinely funny guy. He looks like he knows how to carry a good conversation. He looks like he could attract women that are a lot younger than him. I would go out drinking with him at a fancy wine bar.

7) What don’t you love about stand-up comedy?

The industry where people go up on stage to feed their ego to get laughter rather than give laughter. People go up on stage to see their ego go up just to win.

8) What is your advice to new comics?

Have an undying passion for it, because you are going to be very disappointed if it’s other than that. If you have a goal of being famous than don’t do stand-up comedy. If you have a goal of pursuing the passion for it and enjoy it then you have a chance to be famous.

9) How would you compare doing stand-up comedy in NYC to Miami?

In New York there is more places to go and and more of an opportunity to meet people that can give you opportunities. Although, It’s so saturated, because there are so many comedians. In Miami there are less opportunities to meet people that give you opportunities so you figure it out on your own. The stage time ratio has been on the rise lately too.

10) Why should people check out Miamicomedy.com?

This website will help the scene, because it’s a directory on where people can find shows on their time. Its also a place for comedians to network and find the producers of comedy shows if they decide to put up the info on there.

Interview with John Hyne

Since 2011, John Hyne has been making people laugh all over the country. He’s performed with national headliners like Myq Kaplan, Eric Myers, Eddie Brill and Bobby Slayton. John’s unique bland of silliness and light hearted cynicism will leave you laughing and looking at the world in a different way.

 

John Hyne

1) What motivated you to start doing stand-up comedy?

I always liked stand-up and I had been doing karaoke and other types of performance so I decided to try stand-up and see if I was good at that.

2) If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

Mind reading; being able to read people’s minds. It would be great to see what other people are thinking and it make it easier to make decisions.

3) What type of comedians do you enjoy watching (locally and nationally)?

Local: Nico Prada- The way he thinks, Brian Coronado- How he can handle any type of audience, Rachel Blavatnik- She’s silly and his all time favorite is Leon Arp- He does it because he’s truly passionate about it. Nationally- Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Burress and John Mulaney.

4) What types of food do you enjoy eating when you have time to cook?

Seafood, crab and salmon. All types of seafood.

5) What do you love most about stand-up comedy?

You get instant feedback on what you create. You will know right away if people like it or don’t like it.

6) What is one item that you really should throw away, but you probably never will?

My pants from when I was fatter. It reminds me that I had come a long way from there.

7) What don’t you love about stand-up comedy?

I don’t like when people do comedy to get famous instead of just because they like doing comedy.

8) What is your advice to new comics?

Get on stage as much as you can. The only way you can find your voice is to get on stage as much as possible.

9) How would you compare doing stand-up comedy in Orlando to Miami?

It seems like there are more Comedy clubs in Central Florida and there are more bar shows in Miami.

10) Why should people check out the Open mic at Holloways?

Holloways is a room for comedians. It’s a place where we all can go to try new things and help each other with new jokes.

Interview with Amy Isherwood

Amy grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with parents who love theatre. Growing up she was privileged enough to get to see many musicals, plays, stand-up and improv performances as well as dance performances. During her high school years, she was dedicated to studying dance. Amy received her BFA in dance with a minor in theatre from the University of Iowa. After graduation, Amy spent 10 years performing in Carnival Cruise Lines’ various production shows while traveling the world. Once she retired as a dancer and moved to dry land she thought to herself, “Now what?” And the answer was, “Give stand-up comedy a try”…of course. So now here she is, in her first year of giving stand-up comedy a try.

Amy Isherwood

1. What motivated you to do stand-up comedy?

I always loved stand-up comedy. When I stopped dancing I didn’t think that I would be able to find something that I love as much as dancing. I wanted to think that I should try out stand-up comedy to find something to be passionate about.

2. So you used to be a dancer?

It was always my dream to be a professional dancer since I was a child. I studied dance growing up and majored in dance in college. Then I had a 10 year career with Carnival. I had fun travelling but I wanted to have a normal life since it was a nomadic lifestyle which made it tough to keep relationships and I wanted to start a new chapter.

3. If you could hang out with anyone alive or dead; who would it be? And where would you take them?

David Sedaris; his quirky, weird, funny and his books make me laugh at loud I have tickets to see him at “An Evening with David Sedaris” and I would like to visit him at his house in England.

4. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Jennifer Lawrence or Jennifer Anniston; someone name Jennifer. They are great actresses, beautiful and popular. Everything that I want to be.

5. What don’t you like about stand-up comedy?

Having to drive late at night for gigs. I am new to it so I still sit nervously until it’s my turn.

6. How do you feel being a female doing stand-up comedy in a male dominated field?

I think being a female stand up is beneficial because it makes you stand out a bit from the sea of men.

7. What do you love about doing stand-up comedy?

I love the writing part. It’s the most fun/challenging thing.

8. What is your advice to New Comics?

Just get up there and try it the first time and having the guts to do it is a big accomplishment.

9. What type of comedians do you enjoy watching?

Locally: John Hyne, Matt Bellak, Jacky Beren and Pam Bruno. Ellen Degeneres, Brian Regan, Kevin Nealln and Jim Gaffigan.

10. Why should people check you out at the Coral Gables Comedy Festival this Thursday?

It will be a fun show as there will a lot of local stand-up comedians that are funnier than me and a portion of the proceeds go to a good cause in University of Miami’s communication program.

Interview with Fasil Malik

Fasil is awkward, after growing up in a foreign country (New Jersey). He moved to Miami, North Cuba to pursue his dream of being a comedian. This comedian’s self-deprecating style will keep you laughing out loud while you smile and say to your friend, “He is funny!”He is likable, his topics are relatable as he is poking fun at relationships, being awkward or talking about daily activities. Fasil has a clean style of comedy that is witty, to the point and will have you wondering what will he say next.

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1. What motivated you to do stand-up comedy?

I had always been a huge fan of comedy and I enjoyed watching comedy movies since I was a kid. Jim Carrey was my favorite actor to watch and I thought it was the greatest thing in the world to get paid to make others laugh. In college I took Accounting to head towards the safe route, but after college I worked it and I didn’t enjoy it at all. When I moved down to Miami I wanted to make more friends so I tried out Improv plus my friend Teresa encouraged me to try a Toastmasters Humorous speech contest as she thought that I was funny so I did and I advanced into the semi-finals. As I was working a second job as a server I noticed the funnier I was the higher my tips got so I thought why not make comedy my 2nd job plus women love funny guys.

 

2. What type of comedians do you enjoy watching?

My favorite local comic to watch is Darius Culpepper; I enjoy watching clean comedy, It is also encouraging to witness his work ethic and see the obstacles that he overcame to be paid regular at the Improv and a Florida’s Funniest Comedian Finalist. I also enjoy watching Michael Sowa (His humor makes you think and he has no idea how great he is going to be), Dan Long (I am a huge of his sarcasm/cerebral style of comedy) and John Gregory (He’s the best joke writer in South Florida hands down). My favorite national comics to watch are Orny Adams (His sarcasm is great), Jerry Seinfeld (He’s really intelligent and every time that I watch him perform I feel as if I am learning something new), Mitch Hedberg and Steven Wright (I am a huge fan of one liner comics).

3. If you could hang out with anyone alive or dead; who would it be?

My grandfather. Everyone in my family says nothing but great things about him and they say that he is a lot like me plus I had never seen him before so it would be nice to meet him. I would take him to my mom’s house for dinner as she is an amazing cook and I am sure that she would be pleasantly surprised to see him.

4. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Vince Vaughn; his wit, sarcasm and tallness would fit in perfectly with a movie about me.

5. What don’t you like about stand-up comedy?

Having to wait a lot at mics, comics that bad mouth others, negativity and the drama that goes on when you deal with these comics that want to save the world and give unsolicited advice to other comics which is often unnecessary/incorrect.

6. What types of food do you enjoy cooking when you have time to eat?

I played basketball and was involved in track in high school so I am a huge pasta guy. I also like to eat healthy.

7. What was the toughest thing that you faced and how were you able to overcome it?

When I first moved down to Miami I incurred a lot of debt and I even ended up maxing out on my credit card. I overcame it by getting a 2nd job, limiting my expenses, wrote down my goal on a piece of paper and obsessed over paying off all of my credit card debt in a year. I was able to eliminate it in 11 months.

8. What is your advice to New Comics?

There are comics that genuinely want to help you out and there are comics that are negative and want to bring you down. Avoid the negative people like the flu. If they are making fun of another comic in front of you chances are they are also making fun of you behind your back. Hang out with positive people that will uplift you, give you constructive feedback when you ask for it and those that genuinely want you to succeed. Also never give up. If there is something that you want bad enough you just have to work harder at it to get. There is so much talent in South Florida that in order for you to be noticed you have to be original.

9. What is it about you that makes you so awesome?

I don’t back down even when I played basketball I guarded guys that were bigger than me and was able to hold my own with them; you can put the toughest/obstacle or situation in front of me.  I will stay focused and find a way to overcome it.

10. Why should people check me out at the next big show that I will be performing at in the Flamingo Bar Theater on March 30th?

Manny Garavito; the person that runs Miami Comedy has a lot of experience producing high quality comedy shows. He also does a great job attracting professional comics that perform in New York City (One of the best cities to do stand-up comedy at) and drawing an audience that appreciates the art of comedy. It’s the chance for you to see me do stand-up in one of the best stages in Miami as the Flamingo Theater Bar is ideally situated in the heart of Brickell and it is a must see event on a Wednesday night!

Interview with Darius Culpepper

Darius is a fusion of hilarity and humility. He stared public speaking at his grandparents church at a young age. And, once he saw how words could touch people, he began his comedy career. From hosting at the world famous Improv comedy club to competing in top comedy contest. His clever, smooth style makes him a crowd favorite where ever he goes.

 

Darius

1. What motivated you to do stand-up comedy?

As a kid I used to go up in church, give a speech and throw in some humor. I saw the way it made people feel and that is what motivated me to want to do stand-up comedian.

2. What type of comedians do you enjoy watching?

Local: Tim Hanlon, his humor is so much of him and what he thinks is funny, Ridiculous, because he is who he is and he doesn’t care what others. Fasil, because he has a unique style and continues to add new facets to his arsenal of jokes (I didn’t pay him to say this), Artisse, because of his conversational style of humor and Matt Bellak, because his humor is so honest and it comes from a sincere place and he can go to the most darkest of places and still make others laugh. Dave Chappelle because he can make you laugh at anything, Jerrod Carmichael he can take something that is dark and make you laugh about it, Katt Williams he brings a very energetic persona to the stage while saying things that are thought provoking as well.

3. If you could hang out with anyone alive or dead; who would it be? And where would you take them?

Jesus, because I love him and I feel him that he has the best set of superpowers in history. When I go to restaurants I usually order water because it’s free and with Jesus I will be able to have my water turn in to wine for free. I would take him to church.

4. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Kanye West, because we have the same shaped head and are both passionate about what we are doing. We just express it in different ways.

5. What don’t you like about stand-up comedy?

I don’t like when comics discourage newer comics. I feel that comedy is already something that has road blocks and other comics shouldn’t discourage newer comics because It’s a brotherhood where people should encourage each other. Everyone should be at least sit on a comedians table because it takes a lot of guts to get on stage.

6. What types of food do you enjoy cooking when you have time to eat?

Scrambled eggs, because I am pretty good with making them by keeping it simple as I like bland food plus it’s a good source of protein and Ramen noodles. I hope to get famous one day so that I can hire a cook to cook me scrambled eggs.

7. What was the toughest thing that you faced and how were you able to overcome it?

At one point I was living pillar to post and even living in my car. I feel like as long as you have persistence and you have faith. First and foremost in the faith of god has helped me and my faith in the gift of comedy that god has given me. Thanks to god not only am I no longer living in my car but I was also able to advance as a Finalist of Florida’s funniest and get consistent work at the Improv. Thanks to god I am in the right direction on my way to being where I want to be.

8. What is your advice to New Comics?

Stay focused and believe in yourself. There are obstacles that will get in your way and things that will try to destroy your confidence. As long as you think that you are funny that is all that matters, because if you believe in yourself and you work hard good things are bound to happen.

9. What is it about you that makes you so awesome?

God.

10. Why should people check you out at the Palm Beach Improv this weekend?

Because the show is comedy presented in such a different way that resonates with a wide variety of people. It will be different than any other comedy presentation that you had ever seen.

 

Interview with Paul Julmeus

Paul Julmeus

Paul Julmeus is a young rising comic coming out of Miami’s burgeoning comedy scene. His unique confessional story-telling style of comedy and off-beat timing will have you crawling in laughter while slowly trying to escape the grasp of his awkwardness. With his conversational delivery, he lets everyone in on his weird secrets and views on the world. His topics arrange from race, life, death and failed romance. He co-hosts one of Miami’s best stand-up showcases at Elwoods Gastropub. When he’s not doing stand-up he is doing improv at Just The Funny Theatre where he’s a part of the main cast. He also plays himself as one of the main characters for a web series called Open Mic Boys. He has hosted for Belushi’s Comedy Bar on several occasions and is a regular host for The Have-Nots Comedy shows.

 1. What motivated you to do stand-up comedy?

I tried it in college, because I saw my friend do it plus I was a class clown and this girl wanted to do a project about stand-up comedian so I did it to give her something to write about. I later did it again 4 years later in Miami because I felt that I could be good at it if I put effort into it.

2. Who are your favorite comics to watch?

My favorite local comics are John Vargas, John Gregory, Phillip Wigfall and Khalil Phillips. I also enjoy watching Andres Taboada, James Pate, Bill Burr, Maria Bamford, Richard Pryor & Chris Rock.

3. If you could hang out with anyone alive or dead; who would it be? And where would you take them?

Outkast; he’s my favorite rapper. I would take him to the Monday night open mic at Churchills & then I would get something to drink and chill with him.

4. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Tyler James Williams (The star of Everybody hates Chris), because when he grows up he’s going to be the future of acting.

5. What don’t you like about stand-up comedy?

Driving a lot in order to perform and having to wait to perform at Open mics.

6. What types of food do you enjoy cooking when you have time to eat?

I make a pretty good Griot and I also make some great pancakes.

7. What is your goal with stand-up comedy?

To be able to live off it & to write or act on a TV show.

8. What is your advice to New Comics?

Don’t do stand-up.

9. Why should people check out “Just the Tip comedy show”?

All of the comics that I book that that show are very talented. The show is a fushion of art & comedy. Plus we bring alcohol for the audience members so they have fun & feel as if they are at a party.

10. What is it about you that makes you so awesome?

The fact that I don’t think that I am awesome.

 

 

Interview with Dan Long

Dan Long

Hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Dan arrived on the South Florida comedy scene in 2014 and has been treating audiences to his unique brand of clever, dry and occasionally dark humor ever since. Recently, Dan was named a Florida’s Funniest Semi-Finalist, hosted at Homefield Comedy Club and is a producer/host of Comedy Night at American Rock Bar.

1. What motivated you to do stand-up comedy?

I always enjoyed watching it. I even spent some time at the computer lab watching YouTube clips rather than going to class. I got my first taste of it at a Club at Penn State University called 2nd Floor Stand-up. It’s a weekly get together (similar to a meetup)…We would watch each other perform, critique each other & I eventually got on their monthly lineup.

2. Who are you favorite comics to watch.

My favorite local comics to watch are John Gregory, Tim Hanlon, John Hyne, Mike Atcherson and of course Minda Mo.

3. If you could hang out with anyone alive or dead; who would it be? And where would you take them?

JFK, I would take him to a helmet store and buy him a helmet so that he would get better protected when we go out to lunch.

4. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Tim Robbins from the Shawshank Redemption, because he is tall and ruggedly handsome.

5. What don’t you like about stand-up comedy?

I don’t like waiting around…the anticipation of getting when I am going to get on stage. Especially when you are down on the list at the open mic.

6. What types of food do you enjoy cooking when you have time to eat?

Foods that I don’t have to cook.

7. How is the PA/Miami Comedy scene different?

There is a lot more down here however you have to be cleaner. I was able to get away with more racial, edgier and darker material up in Pennsylvania.

8. What is your advice to New Comics?

Don’t be afraid to look stupid, because it takes a while. Try a lot of stuff and find a girlfriend in comedy…it will help with the open mic wait time.

9. Why should people check out the American Rock Bar?

It is a great setup for stand-up since it’s closed off from the rest of the bar. We are able to recruit talent from both Orlando & Miami plus we have some solid acts coming in such as Myq Kaplan this Saturday night.

10. What is it about you that makes you so awesome?

There are so many things. There is too many to name (We couldn’t complete the answer to this question due to time constraints as Dan was about to go jet-ski paintball).

 

Interview with Tim Hanlon

Tim Hanlon is a regular performer at the Improv Comedy Clubs and has performed  with comics such as Dom Irrera and Jeffery Ross. His clever social commentary, witty delivery and acclaimed joke writing  has earned him invitations to many national comedy festivals such as The Cleveland Comedy Festival, Laugh Fest and  The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas. He recently finished in the top 10 in Florida’s Funniest Comedian. Over 300,000 people have listened to him as a regular co-host on The Wake Up Late With Dougie Show. Look for his taped TV debut on Fox TV’s Laughs.

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1. Why did you move to LA?

I have family out here & the winters out her are less brutal in NYC

2. What motivated you to do stand-up comedy?

I was a musician and my band fell apart. I went to an open mic with some friends. I thought that I was able to do this and I went out there to perform.

3. What type of comedians do you enjoy watching?

When I was a kid I enjoyed watching Eddie Murphy, Bobcat Goldwait, Steven Wright and Howie Mandell. I now enjoy watching Bill Burr, Nat Bargatze, Daniel Cohen, Brian Regan, Tom Segurra, Travis Allen, Darius Culpepper & John Hyne. I also think that Matt Bellak will breakout.

4. If you could hang out with anyone alive or dead; who would it be? And where would you take them? Jimi Hendrix; Thai food. He’s the greatest artist of all time and I think that he’ll enjoy eating Thai food.

5. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Christopher Glover.

6. What don’t you like about stand-up comedy?

The level that I am at and that I couldn’t use my time efficiently. The other day I had to drive 6 hours to get 6 minutes of stage time. Comics that feel entitled to stuff. How comics point out at other comics because since he got this then I should get it as well. Also comics who go for the simple laugh by being hacky (Lacking originality).

7. What types of food do you enjoy cooking when you have time to eat?

Spinach Linguini, because I am good at making it.

8. How is the LA/Miami Comedy scene different?

There is more diversity in Miami than LA. In a typical LA sign up out of 20 people 17-18 of them are white guys in their mid 20’s. Not many female comics in LA. The spots are usually 3 minutes in LA where you are able to get more time in South Florida. It is easier to workout material in South Florida.

9. What is your advice to New Comics?

Be fearless (Don’t let fear dictate what to do on stage). Don’t worry about killing and how well you aren’t doing, be experimental and always write.

10. What is it about you that makes you so awesome?

A great girlfriend that keeps me in line. I am comfortable with myself. I am not a jealous person. I am not judgmental with other people. I am unique; I am happy with myself and I don’t try to become another person.

Interview with Carl Rimi

Carl Rimi is originally from Weston, Florida. He was a jock in high school, went to college in Nova and majored in Oceanography. He has performed on Cruise Ships. He consistently performs at the Improv and he had been seen on Comedy Central, CBS, the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He is also an actor and obtained roles in “Love and Hostages”, “Smothered by Mothers” and “Evil Intentions”.

 

What motivated you to start doing stand-up comedy?

I initially tried out acting & modeling, but at 24 my friend backed out of an open mic at “Boca Nuts” so I ended up taking his place and performing a week later.

 

What type of comedians do you enjoy watching?

I don’t really watch comedy now, but when I was growing up I enjoyed watching underground/unknown comics.

If you can have anyone over for dinner (alive or dead) who would it be & what would you serve them?

I would have Elvis Presley over for dinner and would serve him a peanut butter & banana sandwich. Growing up I wanted to be the next Elvis Presley, an actor or a model, but since that wasn’t an option at that time I resorted to stand-up comedy.

Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Me, because I am a really good actor.

What don’t you like about comedy?

The politics of it. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you are funny or not. It comes down to who you know & who the popular people are. Sometimes the club owners will book people that they like.

If I was a genie & I granted you 3 wishes; what would they be?

1) Take care of my family.

2) Make enough money to live off acting & comedy.

3) Stay healthy

On the occasion that you find time to eat; what types of food do you enjoy eating?

I eat healthy; mostly egg whites, chicken and salad.

Tell me more about your acting career?

Love & Hostages is my first big role in a featured film. I also obtained small roles in the film “Smothered by Mothers” and I have another role in “Evil Intentions”.

What advice would you give to new comics that are starting out?

Write as clean as possible & morph into your own voice. You won’t have a voice until around 5 years. It takes a lot of time to get good. You have to go in a 100% in order to have a shot. When I first started doing stand-up that was all that I thought about night and day. You will also most likely go broke starting out. I sacrificed my job as a bartender to take less money working days at a Cracker Barrel so that I was able to devote more time to doing stand-up at nights. Also don’t have a girlfriend until she thinks that you are very funny and is willing to go to all of your shows.

What is it about you that makes you so awesome?

I work hard & I am still working hard, because you always have to put the work in in order to get better.