Written by: Joseph Santiago
We met up with the hilarious Cuban born Stand Up Comedian Laz Rivero at the New York Comedy Club in Gramercy. The energy in this NYC comedy club was buzzing. It was a sold out show and lots of great comedians performed that night
We decided to have a conversation with Laz right after his show to discuss some things about comedy and all things in between.
1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?
Real estate sales in Brooklyn. I also spent 14 years in hospitality. You can read about some of my experiences in the book “Heads In Beds” by good friend Jake Tomsky. I’m Dante in the book.
2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
I didn’t know until I tried it, and here I am.
3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?
At this point, I have no idea. I’m sad now 🙂
4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform?
Anywhere with a working air conditioner and decent beer.
5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world?
I’m a big fan of most of the folks in our community here in NYC.
6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
WRITE then WRITE more.
7. When did you feel like you were a pro comedian?
I feel like a comedian. Pro is up to club owners.
8. How often do you perform comedy per week?
Not enough I think.
9. What are your favorite comedy clubs that you perform at?
I love them all especially when the ac is working.
10. How do you deal with hecklers?
I’m pretty high energy so I don’t give them any openings.
11. What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t have children till your mid 30’s.
12. How would you describe your brand of comedy?
13. What do you talk about in your act?
I talk about being a Cuban refugee, coming here on a boat, raised in a doomsday cult, living in Brooklyn, my kids, my wife, my pets, NYC rats, man bush, etc
14. How did you develop your style of stand up?
Storytelling came naturally to me. I don’t know exactly what style I have, but I’m pretty energetic on stage.
15. Who were your influences growing up; both from the world of comedy and elsewhere?
Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, George Carlin, Brian Regan, Ali Wong, and Sebastian Maniscalco are some of my favorites. John Ritter’s physical comedy always stood out to me. Martin Short as Jiminy Glick cracks me up. I love listening to prank calls.
16. I love to interview comedians, Can I ask what happens when you are in front of a crowd, and no one laughs?
I move quickly to another joke.
17. What made you decide to be a comedian? Were you born funny? Yes, born funny I think.
18. When can people find out more about you?
19. Is there anything else that you wish to promote?
I’m in my first feature film Mugs From Space. Comes out next year.
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