Written by Joseph Santiago
Matt Ruby at New York Comedy Club
We sat down with the talented stand up comedian Matt Ruby right before his show at the New York Comedy Club.
What do you wish someone had told you about show business before you entered it?
The the reason anyone wants to be in show business is based on psychological scars from childhood and/or an inability to get laid.
Where do you get your material?
I carry a notebook around and when I have an interesting thought, I write it down. I don’t like sitting in front of a blank screen. I like to live my life and then catch ideas like a fisherman on Deadliest Catch will catch crabs. (Note: I do not have crabs. I have ideas. I swear!)
What happens if they don’t laugh?
You feel a tiny little puncture wound in your soul. Then you remember: They might be idiots. So you try it again. Then you realize they were not idiots. They were right.
How often do you perform comedy per week?
Plenty, but not enough.
What are you favorite comedy clubs that you perform at?
I really love New York Comedy Club. To me, it’s the perfect size/energy for a show and feels like “real New York.” And I love our show at Irish Exit because it’s a real, back-of-the-bar, knife fight show.
How often do you write jokes?
I’m writing a little bit, all the time. Then I go through all my notes every week or two and refine. I write a lot onstage too. This is because I like ideas that come out in flow and also because I am lazy.
When did you feel like you were a pro comedian?
Words I don’t like: professional, artist, genius, brilliant. I don’t really know what they mean or where the line is. In life, I frequently don’t know where the line is. Also, I don’t think I should have ended those sentences with “is.” There, I did it again. See, I don’t understand lines!
How did you know you wanted to be a comedian or did it just happen?