Written by Joseph Santiago
It was prime time on a Saturday night at the New York Comedy Club at the East Village location. We met up with Stand up Comedian Eagle Witt to learn more about him and talk a little about stand up comedy.
What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? I worked at the Barclays Center as an usher.
How did you know you wanted to be a comedian? My friends just always told me I should do it. At some point, I listened.
If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? I would be homeless.
Where are some of your favorite places to perform? Everywhere that will have me.
Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world? Alexander Payne, Andre Thompson, Danny Delcolle…..these people are not up and comers like they are below me….they are just hella underrated
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? My sister told me don’t quit without trying it 3 more times after I quit stand up for 3 weeks after my first attempt at it. My brother when I was in middle school told me to not care what people think ever. That advice literally changed my life. So many veteran comedians have given me great advice in the comedy game so shouts to them.
When did you feel like you were a pro comedian? I guess now. I have money.
How often do you perform comedy per week? About 14-28 times a week.
What are your favorite comedy clubs in NYC? This is the type of question that can get me in trouble. I love every club. The Comedy Cellar & New York Comedy Club are honestly near the top of my list though.
How do you deal with hecklers? I win. They lose. I’m actually funny. They are not. I enjoy the challenge.
What advice would you give your younger self? Start stand up comedy the first time you think about starting stand up.
How would you describe your brand of comedy? I wouldn’t lol Nah….umm Sophisticated Ignorance would be a good description…I look to simply some really intelligent ideas in a like-able way
What do you talk about in your act? To be honest? At this point…I have realized, its all race & sex haha hopefully I can start getting into a lot of other stuff as well
How did you develop your style of stand up? Who were your influences growing up; both from the world of comedy and elsewhere? I have lived a painful ass life. I have been through a lot. I have experienced a lot. My childhood was CRAZY. I think all that stuff helps. I ain’t tryna be dramatic but it does.
When it comes to influences umm…I was probably influenced by a lot of subconsciously. When most other kids were watching cartoons I was watching def comedy jam as a 5-year-old. I always loved to do stand up but for the longest, I just thought everybody did.
I love to interview comedians, Can I ask what happens when you are in front of a crowd, and no one laughs? Nothing happens
What made you decide to be a comedian? Were you born funny? Friends kept telling me to do it (and my mom)…..yes I was born funny lol
When can people see it? I perform every night. Stalk me.
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