Originally Posted by dlbarlowe
You're welcome! I'm all alone in the world! I have no commitments!
I didn't try to be the "funny" kid until I was about 15 I'd say, and I wasn't even remotely successful at it until I was probably 17. At least that's when it stopped all just living inside my head. Until then I was just the quiet loser who cried a lot. Something happened at some point. It was kinda like I gave myself the speech from Independence Day, and I just decided I was not gonna take it any more. It didn't happen right away, but I grew a pair after that.
"WELCOME TO EARF."
Assuming I have "comedic chops" (which I'm not really comfortable with), I've had tons of influences over the years. My Dad is "funny." I grew up spending every weekend sleeping over at my Grandmother's house because there was a TV in the bedroom and I could watch Saturday Night Live. I am heavily influenced by guys like Chris Farley, Norm MacDonald, David Spade from those years. Tons more influences now, but that's what really sparked my interest in comedy.
Then, later in life I was lucky enough to work at a place called MADtv, where I met TONS of super talented cast members and writers. Key & Peele, to name two of them.
Honestly, I'd say most of it had to come from having really smart and funny friends who keep me on my toes at all times. I always feel like I could be relegated to being that quiet loser at any point, so if I want to keep hanging out with the cool kids, I need to keep them on THEIR toes, and keep making them laugh.
I've met tons of amateurs that were amusing that I could never express unless you had played with the guys. A kid who, fours hours into a poker game, would pick up a chip and say "....what's this worth....?" I've played with super interesting people at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. As far as pros go, watching Phil Laak is easily the most entertained I am EVER during poker, and I'd have to say it ranks pretty high up there in all aspects of entertainment. The guy is hilarious, and even though it might seem unintentional, I'm convinced he 100% knows what he's doing.