An Interview With Comedian Chris Hamilton
Written by Gary Miller
Chris Hamilton is a New York based comic that is on the rise. Chris has found himself steadily working, always performing, whether it’s at comedy clubs like New York Comedy club, Broadway comedy club, Gotham comedy club, Stand up NY or bar shows in the New York area. Gifted with an outspoken personality, strong point of view, and a matching work ethic, Chris also finds the time to do a radio show for Brooklyn on BBOX Radio.
Chris worked in the media field before turning to comedy full time. In that time he has performed in the Hoboken comedy festival, laughing devil comedy festival, ‘Ghandi is that you?’ ‘Commune comedy’, among others.
We had a chance to ask Chris a few questions about producing shows, working in the media, The New York comedy scene, and a music suggestion for those in need.
BEST COMEDY TICKETS: You produce your own show, is there any advice you’d give on producing a show?
CHRIS HAMILTON:”When producing a show, you should really consider what you name the show. Pick a name and stick with it, even if you go to another venue. If you advertise the show on social media and relocate you won’t have to worry about advertising so much, there’s something called internet presence and you need it as much as your comedy show does.”
BCT: What’s it like being on a comedian produced show versus working at a club?
CH: “You ain’t got nothing to worry about when you working a comedy club, you just have to be there and be funny. when you produce a show you have to make sure the talent is there, who goes when and make sure the audience is satisfied. there’s no pressure in doing someone else’s show, it’s like throwing a party you can trash the place if its someone else’s house, but if its your house party you have to make sure nothing gets damaged so you can eventually throw another party and builds a reputation.”
BCT: How has working in media influenced you as a comic?
CH: “Media is all about public speaking. The cool thing about media is that you work on likability without even knowing it, while working in media I was taught to perform without there being a live audience but as a comedian you have to immediately learn how to respond to a live crowd.”
BCT: You’re a very socially conscious comedian, and you mentioned that it can feel like, “presenting the news”. What are some things you talk about on stage?
CH: “I try to stick to reality, because I believe that’s what comedy is for. Comedy is for the audience to escape THEIR reality or make light of the hardships that they might be going through, so when I’m on stage I try to inform the audience, but keeping them laughing. A great method in telling jokes is similar to News broadcasters, you introduce how you feel about the topic then make a punchline, similar to the news where they follow a similar formula.”
BCT: Comics generally talk about political correctness in comedy, what is your take and have you experienced any backlash on a joke?
CH:” Political correctness is dumb and people who follow this new trend is stupid, political correctness is a prime example of why there is a blind football player playing on a high school football team. As a comedian we shouldn’t be limited on what we can and can’t say because we are the arbiter of funny, how are we supposed to know what’s funny if we can’t say it first? Every comic has to try out a joke before they can realize if it’s wrong to say or not.”
BCT: What are some rising comics people should be looking out for?
CH: “Me of course, Nick Callas, Nick Whitmer, Cristian Duran, Andre Thomas, Jordan Raybould, Bret Raybould and Mike Shvenderman. All these cats are funny dudes and slowly doing it in the New York Comedy scene.
BCT: What’s your writing process like?
CH: “I was never a fan on writing my material, listening to some of Louis CK he believes, which I also do too, is you write with one side of your brain and you speak using the other side, so you might write something down but you won’t deliver the joke the same way you wrote it.”
BCT: What are some comedic influences on you? Any funny family?
CH: “Hands down Patrice O’Neal, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy Bill Burr, no one in my family is funny”
BCT: When did you first start doing comedy and what advice can you give to comics just starting out?
CH: “I guess I started comedy in Ohio at an open mic, I didn’t consider in taking it as a career path, but I did enjoy public speaking. I didn’t get back on stage 2 years after the first time and even then I wouldn’t have done comedy again if my co-worker at the time wasn’t already doing comedy. I shortly quit my job and took on comedy full time- which some weeks, I think probably wasn’t a good decision. financially of course.”
BCT: What music are you listening to currently?
CH: “Casey Veggies, I just started to listening to him on Spotify. He’s a dope dude, I highly recommend him”
BCT:Is there a difference across the city of New York with the style of comedy? If so, how so?
CH:”The beauty of New York city is that there are so many different types of people and with the different types of people there are different types of humor and styles to reach that humor. There are certain comics that i haven’t even seen before in the city who have been in the city for like 4 or 5 years and you learn there always more than one way to eat a steak with or without sauce. If you love comedy, New York City is the comedy mecca. We’re all funny- well most of us are, some are still trying and other will never be. Ok, that was too negative, New York City breeds hustlers and the New York scene is filled with talented people. check out my boy Mike Shvenderman’s album Junkie on Spotify and this dope group called Top of the Bottom Pile.”
Thanks Chris, we suggest if you’re in New york to get out to some shows and find out which comics are your kind of steak. Couldn’t hurt to laugh a little or a lot.
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