Interview with NYC Stand Up Comedian Giulio Gallarotti
Written By Joseph Santiago
Best Comedy Tickets had the privilege to meet up with New York City based stand up comedian and actor Giulio Gallarotti at The Stand NYC in Gramercy Park section of Manhattan — here’s what he had to say about show business, writing material, important life lessons, and much more.
Joseph Santiago: What do you wish someone had told you about show business before you entered it?
Giulio Gallarotti : Maybe I’m glad that no one ever told me anything about it because if they had, I may have chosen a different career haha. But I’m glad I do what I do, I love it, just have to make a lot of sacrifices to be able to maintain it. Lots of traveling, lots of working at weird times etc.
Santiago: Where do you get your material?
Gallarotti : I just think about stuff and try to make it funny, that might sound overly simple but I think maybe simplicity is an important thing to hang on to.
Santiago: What happens if they don’t laugh
Gallarotti : Then they don’t laugh Haha. Hopefully they will next time. If one of my jokes doesn’t work a few times I’ll usually scrap or try to figure out why it doesn’t work, though I usually just scrap it.
Santiago: Who would you say are your influences in the comedy world?
Gallarotti : No one in particular, though I’m a big fan of some comics. But i like to watch and see what everyone is talking about. Lots of funny people in the places I’ve worked and I’ve learned a lot from them. My favorite comic to listen to is Tom Mccaffrey. When people ask me to tell them a joke I usually tell them one of his, and I of course say it’s his joke haha.
Santiago: What is one of your more embarrassing memories from childhood?
Gallarotti : Shared a bed with my friend once during a sleepover and wet the bed. Thought I got away with it til his mom chirped me out in front of him. I must’ve been 8.
Santiago: What are the most important rules you live by?
Gallarotti : I don’t think I live by rules, would be arrogant to assume I know anything. But if I had to say one, would probably be to keep trying and keep improving in everything. Be open to new suggestions and new ideas. Blah blah.
Santiago: What was your favorite book as a kid, and what does that say about you?
Gallarotti : I didn’t read a ton. I read some Roald Dahl books and goosebumps. And quite frankly I don’t even really remember if I had a favorite book. My mom used to read to me when I was real little. I remember goodnight moon and the giving tree being books I liked.
Santiago: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Gallarotti : Ive gotten some weird advice. Let me just start by saying that. Like realnweird. Not gonna go there, not today. But. One time I was having an anxiety attack being around a bunch of comics, feeling awkward. It wasn’t an actual anxiety attack but I was feeling pretty anxious. And one comic laughed at me when I asked him how to handle feeling like that and he said “just do you bruh”. That resonated with me.
Santiago: Given your feelings about the state of our culture, how do you avoid despair?
Gallarotti : I hope that people in 20 years look back and think Trump did a good
Job. Not because I like the guy, because I don’t. But because I’m trying to be optimistic and open minded and who knows, you never know.
Santiago: What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
Gallarotti : A girlfriend and a grocery store.
Santiago: How to handle hecklers from the stage ?
Gallarotti : Keep goin til you beat em. Just takes one line. Haha. I don’t actually assume I know the answer to that question, but since you’re asking.
Santiago: What advice would you give your younger self?
Gallarotti : Write and be patient, be focused. Eat healthy it makes your mind work better. Don’t drink on nights that aren’t a special occasion. Doing a little work at a time is better than doing a lot of work at once.
Santiago: What most important lesson you learned in comedy?
Gallarotti : One thing I love about comedy is the diversity. So many different people from different backgrounds and ethnicities, points of view. Funny to see us all quasi get along.
Santiago: Advice to your younger self just starting in comedy career
Gallarotti : Start your own show, try to hang out at a lot of different shows and don’t get into too much of a routine as far as where you go mix it up.
Santiago: How long do you spend developing new material ?
Gallarotti : I do it a little a lot. If I think of something I write it in my calendar. And then hopefully I try it eventually and on a rare occasion it’s something that I keep.
Santiago: What’s your drink of choice?
Gallarotti : Water. (Ideally). For alcohol, usually vodka. I gotta change that.
Santiago: Greatest cartoon of all time?
Gallarotti : Willie the Operatic Whale.
Santiago: Let’s say you could live the life of any animal in the wilderness for one day: What would it be?
Gallarotti : A bird? I dunno. Would I be aware im me still? Then def a bird. Fly Around. Would be lit.
Santiago: So the stereotype of comedians being horribly depressed and neurotic is true?
Gallarotti : I can’t comment on how all comedians feel. I def have met a lot of depressed people. Maybe it’s cuz we’re expressive at what we do, we tend to wear our emotions on our sleeve? So as a group we seem more depressed? Or maybe it’s cuz of our weird schedules that isolate us from the rest of society? So maybe we are more depressed? Not really sure.
Santiago: Do you ever get tired of being a comedian?
Gallarotti : Sometimes. But ultimately no.
Santiago: So at the end of your day, what’s your ultimate goal?
Gallarotti : Keep making stuff and keep working in s creative capacity. Whether it’s acting doing standup or writing and producing my own stuff.
Santiago: What would you say troubles you the most about the world today?
Gallarotti : The rising climate.