Interview with Comedian Nathan Macintosh at New York Comedy Club
Written by Joseph Santiago
Fresh from his appearance on Conan O’Brian, Nathan Macintosh sat down with Best Comedy Tickets. Seated at New York Comedy Club, we spoke about show business, hecklers, comedy advice and more.
What do you wish someone had told you about show business before you entered it? I wish someone had called it show business. Comedy is all I heard it called. ‘You’re starting comedy? You want to start comedy?’ Show business tells a lot more of what it actually is.
Where do you get your material? Just walking the earth I suppose. And I yell thoughts to my girlfriend a lot. If I yell to her for more than three minutes about one topic I think I might have something here.
What happens if they don’t laugh? If the crowd doesn’t laugh? Then they don’t. I try not to let them know that I know they didn’t laugh at something that I thought they would laugh at.
Who would you say are your influences in the comedy world? Carlin based on output, and Louis CK and Chance the rapper business wise. Chance isn’t comedy but man does everything on his own and is huge. It’s amazing.
What is one of your more embarrassing memories from childhood? Grade three I pissed myself at my desk. Had my hand raised to ask the teacher to go to the bathroom for awhile, and she didn’t see me until it was too late. Just sat there, pissed myself, then the teacher said ‘Yes Nathan?’ ‘….Can I go to the bathroom?’ ‘Sure.’ Had to walk in front of the whole class covered in piss. I think I went home.
What are the most important rules you live by? ‘It’s good to be alive. Until it isn’t.’ Is that a rule? It sounds like something people would LOVE if it came from a famous person.
What was your favorite book as a kid, and what does that say about you? Favourite book as a kid? I liked this book called Nate The Great, about a kid named Nathan who solved crimes. Guess that means… I’m gonna stop comedy and become a detective?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Save ten percent of everything you make. That’s not SUPER comedy related, but it is.
Given your feelings about the state of our culture, how do you avoid despair? Lean into it! No I don’t know. I try to laugh and play video games. What else?
What three things would you take with you to a deserted island? Sunscreen, music and a way off.
Do you have any quotes that you live you life by or think of often? Champions are made in the gym. Muhammad Ali. You probably know that. Not just you, everyone.
How to handle hecklers from the stage ? Depends on what was heckled. Not every time an audience says something it’s a heckle. Sometimes it’s ‘I went to this movie’ and someone goes ‘I saw that!’ That’s not really a heckle, so there’s no reason to explode at them.
“What advice would you give your younger self?” YOUTUBE. JUST DO YOUTUBE. WHY ARE YOU GETTING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE WITH THE SAME JOKES YOU COULD PUT ONLINE AND BECOME A MILLIONAIRE FROM?! WHAT ARE YOU A HERO?! YOU HAVE TO HEAR THE PEOPLE LAUGH! YOU CAN’T JUS BE CONTENT WITH LIKES AND TONS OF MONEY AND WOMEN?! ARE YOU DUMB?!
What most important lesson you learned in comedy? All of it’s forms are needed.
How long do you spend developing new material ? Depends on what the topic or joke is. It’s taken me as long as a year and a half to put something together, short as two days.
What’s your drink of choice? … Water? So dumb! Dark and stormys are great, moscow mule and rum and coke. Honestly don’t drink much anymore.
Greatest cartoon of all time? TOUGH. Tick was great. Batman animated series was great. Cow and Chicken was super funny.
Let’s say you could live the life of any animal in the wilderness for one day: What would it be? Cheetah. Cheetahs are killing it.
So the stereotype of comedians being horribly depressed and neurotic is true? I think that for the most part everyone is depressed. Comedians just look at it. I also hate this stereotype.
Do you ever get tired of being a comedian? Sure. But I think you’d get tired sometimes of any job. There’s a guy who’s job it is to oil up women with giant asses for magazine shoots. I’m SURE he wakes up sometimes like ‘Really? Again? GOD.’
So at the end of your day, what’s your ultimate goal? Want to have my own show.
What would you say troubles you the most about the world today? Talent seems to be looked at as a loser trait now. Like if you have talent you’re trying too hard.