Interview: Comedian Teddy Smith at Greenwich Village Comedy Club
Written by Joseph Santiago
Teddy “The Prophet” Smith sat down with us at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club located on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village of Manhattan. We discuss the comedy business, finding inspiration, and developing new jokes and more.
What do you wish someone had told you about show business before you entered it?
That it was more business than show.
What was your process in developing material?
What happens if they don’t laugh?
Move on to the next jokes, never take it personally or you’re finished.
How often do you perform comedy per week?
It vary’s from time to time. Comedy is a roller coaster ride. It have its highs & lows. That’s the excitement of it all. The hustle is the addiction”What are you favorite comedy clubs that you perform at?
Broadway comedy club, Greenwich village comedy, Gotham’s comedy club & Stand UP NY. In other words who takes care of me.
How often do you write jokes?
Every minute of every day. I’m hearing jokes in my head now.
When did you feel like you were a pro comedian?
The minute I step on the stage.
How did you know you wanted to be a comedian or did it just happen?
I asked the highest power of the universe what’s my purpose & had a dream I was performing on stage.
What is the hardest part about being in the NYC comedy scene? What is the best part?
No hard part because I don’t allow it to be. I only see the good. The great part are my fellow comedians & the crowd. Love our lifestyle it’s like no other.
Who would you say are your influences in the comedy world?
They aren’t comedians they are rock stars, actors & activist. Those who fight to change the world.
What is one of your more embarrassing memories from childhood?
Miss Johnson calling me James Brown because I used to scream every time I saw her.
What are the most important rules you live by?
Be the salt of the earth, be the light.
What was your favorite book as a kid, and what does that say about you?
Didn’t have one.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Don’t ever follow the Cobra’s movement because you will lose. Make the Cobra follow yours. That’s how you win.
Given your feelings about the state of our culture, how do you avoid despair?
Don’t just follow because everyone else is following
Do you think your stand-up has changed a lot over the years?
Do you have any quotes that you live your life by or think of often?
Great spirits have always faced violent opposition from mediocre minds.
How to handle hecklers from the stage?
Treat them as if your boy was heckling you.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Practice patience, believe in oneself & see what you want.
Since you started, what has been the biggest change in the comedy world?
You don’t need talent to succeed just a fanbase.
What most important lesson you learned in comedy?
Haven’t finished learning yet.
Advice to your younger self just starting in comedy career?
Find you’re true why.
How long do you spend developing new material?
As long as it takes, a day a month a year.
What’s your drink of choice?
Greatest cartoon of all time?
Let’s say you could live the life of any animal in the wilderness for one day: What would it be?
Why is there so much sadness—depression, addiction—in the comedy world?
It’s a lonely world we live in. We are people living in Hogwart’s school witchcraft & wizardry.
Do you ever get tired of being a comedian?
So at the end of your day, what’s your ultimate goal?
To be happy & make the world better than it was yesterday.
What would you say troubles you the most about the world today?
The egos lack empathy for other human beings.
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