By: Joseph Santiago
We met up the other night with Stand-Up Comedian Justin Silver right before his comedy show at The Stand NYC: Comedy Club NYC & Restaurants. We discuss some of his odd jobs, comedy influencers, and about some of his favorite comedy clubs in NYC.
What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? I was a tour guide on a double-decker bus before starting a comedy.How did you know you wanted to be a comedian? I loved comedy when I was little but didn’t start until I was 25, after I had been a juror in a murder trial. I realized that life was precious and I wanted to be a clown. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? If I wasn’t a comedian I think human trafficking is an interesting field. Where are some of your favorite places to perform? I love The Stand NYC comedy club here in Murray Hill. I spent a long time learning how to do comedy at places like the Creek and the Cave and the Brokerage in Long Island. I love performing in New York. I like going on the road but I think New York is the best town for comedy. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world? I’m a big fan of Paris Sashay who is incredibly funny and Luke Mones who is as well. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? The best advice I ever got was from my dad “Don’t overestimate your value” When did you feel like you were a pro comedian? When you stop working a day job, that’s a big thing. I don’t quite know if you feel like a pro but it’s a step in the right direction. How do you deal with hecklers? I try to address hecklers in a funny way. If you let them derail the set, they’ve won. What advice would you give your younger self? Advice to my younger self: a snack shouldn’t cost 48 dollars. How did you develop your style of stand up? My style of stand up I would describe as “intake at a psychiatric institution” What advice would you give your younger self? I developed my style by doing comedy everywhere I could. How would you describe your brand of comedy? I’m sort of a loud opinionated obnoxious cretin. So it was a natural process. Who were your influences growing up; both from the world of comedy and elsewhere? I wouldn’t use the word influence because he’s, in my opinion, one of the greatest of all time but my favorite comic is Patrice O’Neil.
I love to interview comedians, Can I ask what happens when you are in front of a crowd, and no one laughs? When I’m in front of a crowd and no one laughs I tend to point that out and hope that’s funny.