Interview with Comedian Joseph Vecsey
1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?
Street basketball with various teams, freelance journalist, and an electronic store.
2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
I realized I wasn’t going to make it to the NBA
3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?
Working at the Four Seasons Hotel hopefully.
4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform?
Comic Strip, Caroline’s, Hollywood Improv, and Bay Street Theater in the Hamptons
5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world?
Blair Socci, Brendan Sagalow, Chris Clarke, Ken Krantz, Kenny Garcia, and Jared Sandler
6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
I’ve gotten so much but something that pops out right away because I have anxiety a lot is when writing, don’t judge it. if you stop judging, you won’t get anxiety about writing or while doing it. Garry Shandling told me that. Not the exact quote but that was the overall meaning of what he said.
7. When did you feel like you were a pro comedian?
I’ve had a lot of times I felt like I was a pro comedian then reminded the next show I wasn’t. I can’t think of an exact time but when I’m coming up with stuff off the top of my head at the moment and people are laughing hard, that feels like I’m a pro. I once Ad-libbed a line on stage in Atlanta at the Fox theater opening up for Adam Sandler and got a big laugh. I was shocked I had the guts to say something there that wasn’t proven. That felt amazing. But about 5 years in, I felt like a pro. 1 week in too but I think I was wrong back then.
8. How often do you perform comedy per week?
A lot. Always working
9. How do you deal with hecklers?
Beg them to stop picking on me. No, I usually just try to say a couple lines and move on.
10. What advice would you give your younger self?
Write more. And stop being anxious.
11. How would you describe your brand of comedy?
Personal, sarcastic, and the version of myself that wouldn’t get stepped on by people if that’s how I was all the time
12. What do you talk about in your act?
Relationships, experiences, some observational stuff. You gotta come to see it live. It’s way better than that description. At least I hope it is.
13. How did you develop your style of stand up? Who were your influences growing up; both from the world of comedy and elsewhere?
Not really sure where I got my style. It’s just how I always talked when being a dick and making jokes off stage. But influences growing were Sandler, Rock, Spade, Wayans Brothers, and Garry Shandling
14. I love to interview comedians, Can I ask what happens when you are in front of a crowd, and no one laughs?
I just push through or go off the top of my head. There’s not much you can do after a while. Then I exit off stage and keep walking straight to my car.
15. What made you decide to be a comedian? Were you born funny?
I hated math in high school and some kids were dicks to me. So this was my way of striking back. I was born amazing and funny I’d say.
16. When can people see it?
I’m still waiting to see it. But people can catch me in NYC a lot.
17. Is there anything else that you wish to promote?
I’m a co-producer on Adam Sandler’s upcoming Netflix Special 100% Fresh on October 23rd. Had the time of my life working on it. The special is incredible and one of the most original things I’ve ever seen and worked on
Joseph Vecsey on Gotham Comedy Club Live AXS TV
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