We met up with Ian Fidance stand up comedians at the New York Comedy Club right after his comedy show in New York. Ian Fidance is an actor and writer, known for From BoiZone with Love (2013), Leaves in Autumn (2017) and ONE NIGHT misunderSTANDing (2013). We talk about show business, how he writes & develops material and all things comedy.
What do you wish someone had told you about show business before you entered it?
It fucking sucks
What was your process in developing this special?
Just took every day as it came and put every part of my being into being the best I could be in that moment
Do you think your stand-up has changed a lot over the years?
What happens if they don’t laugh?
How often do you perform comedy per week?
I’m up every night multiple times a night. Take a day or two off here or there to breathe and be a human.
What are your favorite comedy clubs that you perform at?
New York Comedy Club, The Stand, Creek & the Cave, Union Hall
How often do you write jokes?
Every god damn day
When did you feel like you were a pro comedian?
The day I came out the womb
How did you know you wanted to be a comedian or did it just happen?
Haven’t ever been good at anything else
Who would you say are your influences in the comedy world?
Anyone I see
What is one of your more embarrassing memories from childhood?
Had to see a urologist at a young age, but wasn’t old enough to be in the doctor’s office alone, so my mom was in the room. He asked if I was sexually active and I said “yes” and he asked how many partners and I said “just myself”
What are the most important rules you live by?
Let the shit roll off ya like water on a duck’s back, live life how I wanna live it and always have fun
What was your favorite book as a kid, and what does that say about you?
The Giver & Hatchet
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Don’t listen to anyone but yourself
Given your feelings about the state of our culture, how do you avoid despair?
Stay in my lane while trying to be the best person I can be to those around me
What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
Rihanna, my notebook, and seamless
Do you have any quotes that you live your life by or think of often?
Enjoy every sandwich
How to handle hecklers from the stage?
Repeat what they say so the audience is on your side
What advice would you give your younger self?
Start comedy earlier
What most important lesson you learned in comedy?
Each set is like a hand in poker. No matter what, you gotta leave the last hand behind ya and play the one you got in front of you.
Advice to your younger self just starting in comedy career?
Start comedy earlier
How long do you spend developing new material?
Am developing new material all the time
Why is there so much sadness—depression, addiction—in the comedy world?
Because we’re the ones feeling everything and thinking and obsessing and constantly asking “why”
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?
My dog, in the wilderness of my home
So the stereotype of comedians being horribly depressed and neurotic is true?
For me yeah
Do you ever get tired of being a comedian?
So at the end of your day, what’s your ultimate goal?
Be grateful for what I have and work harder to get more the next day
What would you say troubles you the most about the world today?
Lack of understanding and inability to realize that we’re all in it together
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