Jax Dell’Osso Interview at Carolines Comedy Club on Broadway

Jax Dell'Osso
Jax Dell'Osso

Jax Dell’Osso performing at Carolines Comedy Club on Broadway

We met up with up and coming stand up comedian Jax Dell’Osso at Carolines Comedy Club after her show.

What do you wish someone had told you about show business before you entered it?

How many gross dudes are gonna creep me out.

Do you think your stand-up has changed a lot over the years?

Oh yeah, I was terrible when I first started. Don’t lead with a holocaust joke.

What happens if they don’t laugh?

Make ’em.

How often do you perform comedy per week?

14-20

What comedy clubs do you perform at in New York ?

Carolines on Broadway, New York Comedy Club, QED, and lots of bar shows! Bar shows can be the most fun.

What would be best advice to give someone just starting out in comedy?

Be patient. Get up as much as you can. Write every day.

How often do you write jokes?

Daily.

When did you feel like you were a pro comedian?

I still don’t feel like a pro!

How did you know you wanted to be a comedian or did it just happen?

I used to write these crazy sketches when I was a kid and we’d act them out for our families. In high school, I was a class clown. I always wrote; poetry, short stories, songs; so I guess it just happened naturally. I had a career in fashion (sales) before I quit to focus on comedy.

Who would you say are your influences in the comedy world?

Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Sarah Silverman

What is one of your more embarrassing memories from childhood?

When I was in second grade, I held in my poop for so long, my doctor had to stick a finger in and go get it.

What are the most important rules you live by?

Be kind. Work hard. Go in the direction of what you think about most—unless you think about heroin the most, in which case, maybe settle.

What was your favorite book as a kid, and what does that say about you?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I was the only kid in my class who could read, so I read it to everyone and started crying at the end. I grew up to be the tree. Read the book so you can understand how shitty that is!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Don’t rush! Being a great comedian takes time; it’s a journey and a lot of hard work. No shortcuts. Patience is key.

Given your feelings about the state of our culture, how do you avoid despair?

I write. I get on stage. I smoke weed eat Ben and Jerry’s.

What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?

This question gives me anxiety.

How to handle hecklers from the stage?

Address em, shut em up.

“What advice would you give your younger self?”

Start doing standup— now!

What most important lesson you learned in comedy?

Consistency is more important than talent

Advice to your younger self just starting in comedy career?

Get up more

How long do you spend developing new material?

Could be a few weeks, months, or years. I’m still building on jokes I wrote years ago.

Why is there so much sadness—depression, addiction—in the comedy world?

Comedians are broken people. The best humor comes from pain.

What’s your drink of choice?

Honest Tea Half & Half

Greatest cartoon of all time?

Simpsons

Let’s say you could live the life of any animal in the wilderness for one day: What would it be?

I fucking hate wilderness. I’d want to be a house cat.

So the stereotype of comedians being horribly depressed and neurotic is true?

Yes. Absolutely. And so much more.

Do you ever get tired of being a comedian?

Every single time I have to sit through an all-white-guy open mic.

So at the end of your day, what’s your ultimate goal?

Be as funny as I can be. Write for TV, movies. I want to create comedy with longevity.

What would you say troubles you the most about the world today?

No empathy. No one connects on a human level anymore.

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