So you want to be a comedian?

June 4, 2015

I have been a comedian for about 2 years and 8 months at this point, and I can say that I have I gained quite a bit, and also that I've lost quite a bit. The question I often get asked is "Why did  I become a comedian?" The answer to that question is not an easy one, but the short of it, is it was something I've always wanted to do. I used to watch Eddie Murphy and listen to my grandparents Richard Pryor records, and I simply loved stand up comedy. I was always fascinated at how effortless and easy those guys made it look like, boy was I in for a surprise! Stand up is the absolute opposite of effortless and easy. The greats make it look that way, but that is why they are the greats. If you w.ant to see how truly diffucult it is, go to an open mic full of comics who are "funny" and see how easy it looks. Go to a show at 1230am on a Tuesday in the Belly Room, in a room of 3 people and see how effortless the comedy is. The truth is, comedy is so hard, I feel like I'm getting good, and then I see someone like Bill Burr or Daniel Tosh crush, and I feel like I have no business in stand up comedy. If I've learned anything, it's more work. The only way to get better is to work. It doesn't mean saying I'm a comedian, it means performing in front of as many people as I can, and making my jokes as funny and as perfect as they can, maybe one day that will happen.


What I can say is I am absolutely in love with stand up comedy. It is my drug, it is my life, it is what I always wanted to do. I do it, and I do it with passion. It makes me happy, it makes me truly truly happy. The fact that I'm actually making money doing stand up comedy is a dream come true. There is nothing better than getting paid to do what you love, period. I've been traveling across the country, visiting cities I dreamed of visiting(some I didn't dream of visiting), and I'm performing comedy. HOW COOL IS THAT? I have had the honor of performing at the FAMOUS HOLLYWOOD LAUGH FACTORY! HOW AWESOME IS THAT? This journey is so awesome, I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's not always roses, but it's so worth it! 

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