We met up with the stand-up comedian Brendan Sagalow at the New York Comedy Club in the East Village right before his show and talked all things comedy
What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?
My first job Was a birthday party host at a bowling ally in Syosset and then pretty early they demoted me to a janitor. So I was a janitor at 13 years old. Then I delivered pizzas
How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
A clown put a ballon in my butt and blew it up with his mouth and it felt good
If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?
Delivering food or packages cause you can listen to a podcast and nobody bugs you and you can get high. Every person who delivers anything of yours is always high.
Where are some of your favorite places to perform?
Places with stages and microphones and people in the audience and not outside or in a place the audience doesn’t want comedy or doesn’t even know comedy is happening
Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world?
I’m still an up and comer so I’d say me but I also hate myself so.. Luke Mones
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Write every day
When did you feel like you were a pro comedian?
I’ll let you know
How often do you perform comedy per week?
At least once a night
What are your favorite NYC comedy clubs?
The New York Comedy Club is great. There’s a barbershop show ran by this guy Ronnie Lorde and that show is always packed and amazing. It’s not a comedy club but whatever. It’s a barbershop. Where you perform next to bottles of that blue shit
How do you deal with hecklers?
I let them say their thing and usually, it sucks so then they bomb and everyone laughs at them bombing cause their idiots and then they don’t wanna bomb again so they shut up
What advice would you give your younger self?
Writing and performing is the only thing you can control so be good at that and hopefully, the rest will follow. Also, go to therapy.
How would you describe your brand of comedy?
Words that make people laugh sometimes
What do you talk about in your act
Sometimes I talk about going through a breakup or having a hard time in life and then also I make a lot of sounds and faces that people seem to enjoy
How did you develop your style of stand up? Who were your influences growing up; both from the world of comedy and elsewhere?
I developed it through trial and error. Whatever gets a laugh that makes me feel like a good stand up and not want to take my own life at the end of the show. Garry Shandling is a big influence on me. I think Burr is great obviously. Bobby Kelly. All those guys.
I love to interview comedians, Can I ask what happens when you are in front of a crowd, and no one laughs?
Honey, that’s just a Tuesday!
What made you decide to be a comedian? Were you born funny?
I was getting high at a house party and watched a Patton Oswalt special upstairs while people were getting laid and doing special K. That’s when I decided to be a big stand up comedy star!
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