Interview Esther Ku Stand UP Comedian at Dangerfields Comedy Club

Esther Ku

1. What other jobs did you do before starting as Stand UP comedian?

I was a cashier at a uniform store, movie theater usher, waitress at a deep-dish pizza place, marketing rep for a couple of dot coms, orientation leader for my college, restaurant hostess, private music teacher, dental receptionist, extra in TV shows, and a pen sales representative. Any job where you talk to new people every day is great for a comedian to exercise those muscles of coming up with banter.

2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian? read more

Interview with Comedian Ray DeVito at the New York Comedy Club

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We met up with Ray DeVito at the New York Comedy Club right after his stand up comedy performance. It was a soldout prime time show on a Saturday night. The energy was buzzing with laughter in the air at the New York Comedy show. We ask him some questions about stand up comedy. Here is what Ray had to say…

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?

Before doing standup comedy, I use to work as a recruiter in the plastics industry. Which sales jobs are fantastic in regards to knowing where you stand. It’s much like comedy, you know you’re worth immediately if you’re making the company money, you’re good. A lot like comedy, if you’re getting laughs, you’re good. read more

18 Questions With Comedian Casey James Salengo at the Comedy Cellar

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We up with stand up comedian Casey James Salengo right after his sold-out show at the Comedy Cellar in the Greenwich Village in New York City.

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?

I’ve worked at a horse track, a campground, a weed farm, as an ice cream scooper, barista, office temp, a wizard at a Harry Potter museum, mover, dog walker, bartender, babysitter, and probably some other things I’ve blocked out.

2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?

I always liked being silly and making people laugh. I also hated the idea of having a normal job. In college, I got the opportunity to host a dance show with my friend Brenden and once I got laughs doing that I had a sick compulsion to chase them forever.

3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? read more

Interview Comedian Carole Montgomery at Stand UP NY

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This week we talk with native New Yorker Carole Montgomery, who happens to be a very talented standup comedian. She has been performing at NYC Comedy Clubs for the past 40 years and has been featured on over two dozen television appearances, Carole has headlined clubs & colleges ​across the USA and starred in 2 different Las Vegas production shows. In her ten years as a LAS VEGAS STAR, it is estimated that she has been seen by over 5 million audience members. LAS VEGAS SUN calls Carole “one of Vegas’ premier comics, ” SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS says Carole is “one of the pioneering female comics of the modern era” SEATTLE TIMES calls Carole “one of the strongest women working today” read more

[Full Interview] Stand Up Comedian Steve Byrne

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Comedian Steve Byrne has gone through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s best comedians. Born and raised from Pittsburgh, PA, Steve Byrne was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father. Comedian Steve Byrne went on to star and be the creator of Sullivan & Son, a half an hour comedy show on TBS along Vince Vaughn for three years.  1. What other jobs did Steve Byrne do before starting stand up comedy?  EVERYTHING! Washed cars, cooked in kitchens, washed dishes, waited tables, sold kitchen knives door to door,  delivered videos back when people watched videos, golf caddy, telemarketing, you name it, I got fired from it.  2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?  The first time I did stand up, it was like the first time I had sex: it was quick, I cried immediately afterward and I knew I had to do it again, as soon as possible. I was hooked. In all honesty, when I saw Gary Cannon doing it, I knew, well, if he can do this… 3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? Selling my body as an instrument of passion.  4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform? New York City, my first 7 years were cutting my teeth in the clubs. I always felt like I got my masters in Manhattan. There’s a vibe to the NYC clubs. You just feel like you’re part of the city when doing those clubs. It’s hard to explain but I feel the same way about Vegas. I love Nashville too. Usually, it’s a city that has great food as well. NEW ORLEANS!!! Bad comedy city but I always just have fun and great meals.  5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world? Camilla Cleese is someone I’ve worked with that I enjoy watching. Very funny and great jokes. Melissa Villasenor. She’s on SNL and I love how positive she is. She’s got a really likable stage presence. Just easy to watch her at The Comedy Store. Patrick Keane has been doing it a while but GREAT WRITER!!! Ryan Dalton as well. Really funny guy.  6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t drink before your set. 

7. When did you feel like you were a pro comedian? read more

Interview with Stand Up Comedian Ibrahim Khalif West Side Comedy Club

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Ibrahim Khalif

We met up with upcoming comedian Ibrahim Khalif at the new Upper West Side Comedy Club right after his show.

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? 

Great question!
I had a tough job working as a Black Man and Muslim in post 9/11 America.
I had two jobs.
Very arduous journey.
The Pay was lousy.
Long hours with very little upward mobility.
I should be collecting Social Security ya know?
You think I have grounds for a claim?

2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian? 

I didn’t. It was always said to me, “you should be a comedian” when I was younger, but I held the art form in such high regard I never thought I could do it. My sister told me my sense of humor was different and I should go on stage. I went on stage when I was 11 and got a standing ovation but never got on stage again until after my mother passed away. I was using comedy as a coping mechanism and found it cathartic. read more

Interview: With Stand Up Comedian Theo Von at the Comedy Cellar

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By: Joseph Santiago theo von netflix Theo Von is a stand up comedian based in Los Angeles, California. He has come along way from the small town of Convington. It’s located about one hour north of New Orleans, Louisiana.    Theo has been touring the states for more then ten years. The comic has performed on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing and recently Netflix. His Netflix special is “No Offense” performed in New Orleans, at Civic Theater. We met up with Stand up comedian Theo Von at the Comedy Cellar his favorite comedy club in New York.

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?

Sold hamsters and sold Italian food indoors. Also so Mexcian food, mostly to local whites.

2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedians?

I didn’t. i think it chooses you.

3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?

probably a lawyer or treasure hunter

4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform?

Chicago, Dallas.

5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world?

Honestly i don’t watch a ton of comedy. i get jealous. read more

A Complete Guide to Live Comedy In New York City This Week

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A Complete Guide to Live Comedy In New York City

Are you looking for shows of live comedy in New York City this week? New York City is the hub of the best comedians. There is no better city to have an enthralling experience of amazing live comedy performances than NYC. There are numerous comics that will leave their audience spellbound with their hilarious jokes and outstanding performances. With so many rising talents, finding the best is a difficult task. Although NYC is known for good comedy, there are many comedy shows that will put you off from seeing stand up comedy until the next lifetime. This is because nobody wants to see a low-grade show. read more

Mike MacDonald, A Pioneer Stand Up Comedians, is Dead at 63

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Mike MacDonald

The comedian Mike MacDonald at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal in 2007. Credit Brian Ach/WireImage, via Getty Images

Mike MacDonald, a pioneer of the Canadian comedy club scene, died last Saturday in Ottawa. The Comedian was only 63 years old.

His brother J. P. MacDonald said that his brother Mike, who had been having issues with multiple health problems, died of “heart complications ” at the Ottawa Heart Institute.

Mr. MacDonald, who was known for his soft observational stand-up comedy and sometimes often outlandish facial expressions, Mike was a regular comic at Just for Laughs a comedy festival in Montreal, where he made the most overrall appearances. read more

Stand-up Comedy and Mental Illness: A Conversation with Byron Bertram

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Bryon Bertram

My battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder started out like so many others. I hope my stories I write gives others hope as you can live a completely happy and fulfilling life even with OCD.

I have never had a quiet mind.

Instead of being mindful of the present, I anxiously roll through a litany of terrible future possibilities, even though none of them are terribly likely.

In particular, I have difficulty with intrusive thoughts. For me, this means that my brain likes to play a little game of “what would be the most inappropriate thing to do right now?” read more