Interview with Stand UP Comedian Charles McBee at Gotham Comedy Club

Charles McBee

Written by Jennifer Gable

 Jennifer Gable sat down with Charles McBee at Gotham Comedy Club. Charles is stand-up comedian and actor based in New York City. 

How 1 Comic Got to Help Create a TV Show Just by Auditioning

Charles McBee

 

Jennifer:  So thanks for doing this interview with me.  You perform at NYC Comedy Clubs all over?

Charles:  Ya, I mean, I get around.  I’m a comedy floozy.

Jennifer:  How long have you been doing stand-up?

Charles:  It’ll be 9 years in March.

Jennifer:  And you currently write for a Show on MTV?

Charles:  Ya, currently.

Jennifer:  How did that transpire? 

Charles:  It was kinda unorthodox.  I didn’t submit a packet or anything.  I actually auditioned for another show on MTV, and I didn’t get it.  But they liked my writing.

We just think you have a face for behind the camera.

Jennifer:  Haha, they did not. You’re not unattractive or anything. 

Charles:  I think you’re coming onto me right now.

That was for Joking Off, this is for Uncommon Sense.

So I started with them last year.  It’s the same show, but a different concept.  For MTV2.

Jennifer:  So looking at your jokes, it seems like you do a range of jokes.  Clean.  Different topics. 

Charles:  I write whatever I think is funny.

Jennifer:  Do you get inspiration from real life and based on truth?  What inspires you to write? 

Charles:  I hear some Comics complain about having to write.  But for me, it’s therapeutic.  And something I really like doing.  And do to like to calm down.

So I write a lot.  It’s just something I do in my free time in general. It’s just something I have to do all the time.

Jennifer:  I try to write once a day on twitter.  And sometimes for me, it just appears out of thin air and I don’t have control over it. 

Do you have a special out?

Charles:  I’m going to be doing an album sometimes at the end of this year.  Right now, it’s just TV appearances and stuff like that.

Jennifer:  So you do a lot of political humor? 

Charles: I do some political humor too because it’s something I pay close attention too.  But I definitely don’t just do that.  I don’t want to be known as just a political Comedian.  When people start out there always trying to copy their favorite Comedian.  And then eventually you get out of  that.

Jennifer:  So how did you come up with your show?

Charles:  We’re kinda a small team.  We go over what’s going on in the news.  And pop culture.  And then just design a show around that.  It’s just me & another guy.

It’s called Uncommon Sense Live on MTV2.  And it’s also online.  There’s a lot of channels now out there for creative people to get their stuff out online.

Jennifer:  I’ll have to check out your new Show.  Thanks for doing this interview and talking w/ me!

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