We met up with one of the OG’s of comedy and one of our favorite comedians Chuck Nice right after before his show at the New York Comedy Club in the East Village. We asked him a bunch of questions and here is what he had to say.
1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?
I was the national sales manager for a toy manufacturer, I have also been a bartender, cab driver, waiter, window salesman, and retail manager. Not to mention butcher, baker, candlestick maker, and porn director.
2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
I didn’t know until my first performance. People kept telling me I was funny. I did an open mic and I knew immediately that I was never going to be able to stop. So, I don’t do comedy as much as I handle an addiction.
3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?
I’m independently wealthy, so nothing. I hate when I hear people say that there’s no way they could do nothing. That’s because they lack imagination. I could make nothing a fulfilling career.
4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform?
I once stood on a milk crate in a McDonald’s and did set, because the manager took pity on us lowly comics that couldn’t get a spot at the Boston Comedy Club. Anything above a milk crate is my favorite.
5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world?
I don’t really watch comedy. I see bits and pieces of so many bright young talented performers, it scares me. I love all the young dudes at the New York Comedy Club in Manhattan. There will be some big talent coming out of there.
6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Stay in the game. Everyone gets a chance if they wait and prepare. Also, never get mad if you think someone stole your joke, that means you can write and they can’t. Write another joke, it’s the best revenge. Just don’t let that asshole hear it.
7. When did you feel like you were a professional comedian?
About 5 months in, I booked a paid television stand-up appearance. I didn’t feel like a pro but, technically, I was.
8. How often do you perform comedy per week?
If I told you you’d be mad.
9. What are your favorite NYC comedy clubs that you perform at?
I work everywhere, so that’s my fav.
10. How do you deal with hecklers?
I crush them, see them driven before me, and delight in the lamentations of their children.
11. What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t listen to me.
12. How would you describe your brand of comedy?
It’s my life as seen through a simpler lens and told in a story.
13. What do you talk about in your act?
Whatever moves me, observations, family, and what makes me laugh. This is probably not a good formula for anyone to follow but it works for me.
14. I love to interview comedians, Can I ask what happens when you are in front of a crowd, and no one laughs?
You can ask. I’ll let you know when it happens.
15. What made you decide to be a comedian? Were you born funny?
I don’t like working, so what job allows you to drink and sleep until 3 pm and still get paid? Hmmmmm.
16. When can people see it?
See what? What a weird non-sequitur. My penis? My Social Security number? Seriously, what’s your problem, freak?
17. Is there anything else that you wish to promote?
My Album is coming out soon. I don’t know when. I want to call it Chuck Nice – Daddy Issues. Does the label want to go with How’s the Weather Up There? Look for either this fall.
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