We are so excited for the upcoming Last Comic Standing tour, coming to New England this week! We recently got a chance to interview our personal favorite comic from the show: Joe Machi. If you haven’t seen Joe’s comedy before, you are missing out! His comedic style is unlike any other and you need to check him out on his YouTube or as the Frightened Correspondent. Check out our convo below and the full tour schedule so you don’t miss out on your chance to see these great comedians live!
|Photo courtesy of Joe’s Facebook page|
Joe, Who were the funny people that influenced you most to pursue stand up?
Norm MacDonald and to a lesser degree Andy Kaufman. Norm always does what he thinks is funny. That may seem simple but a lot of comics write what’s popular or what they think an audience will like. This takes away risk and individuality and makes for bland jokes.
What was the most challenging part of the Last Comic Standing show?
The most challenging part thing was that being on a TV show means a lot of other people want to give you input. Once you get to a certain level of comedy taking advice becomes bad. People see what made other comics a success. That doesn’t mean it would or should work for you. Even the judges or mentors advice seemed like good advice for other people but not for me.
What has it been like to be on this tour so far? Is there pressure to be constantly funny with all these great comics around?
So far the tour has been great. It’s a new experience to do shows in 1,500 seat theatres where everyone is excited to see you. I don’t feel pressure to be funny with other comics around. I’ve gotten to know them well enough that it’s more like hanging out with friends now.
What advice would you give new comedians just starting out?
Write what you think is funny then carve it down to what an audience also thinks is funny. It’s good to fail. Comedians that kill every night usually are doing well because they’re going for low hanging fruit. Stay away from stereotypes!
What’s up next for you after this tour? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
I’m going to try to do a longer TV special and release an album next year. I haven’t been doing comedy nearly as long as the other comics on tour. They all have albums. I feel unprepared when people ask me “where is your album?” after shows.