“A Peek Inside My Pubble” with Ryan Singer
This week on Funny Title Here, Dayton, Ohio’s own Ryan Singer is the one on deck fielding questions from this guy. Ryan has been on the site since 2006, so I’m pretty sure he likes us. In his own words, he is “…a comedian that has no big credits, no claim to fame, and absolutely no grasp on the real world. He is a cold, dark shell of a young man.” And with those words, I present to you, Ryan Singer.
Paolo: What happened in your life that forces you to stop yourself from watching Heroes on NBC? It’s an okay show, I mean I liked the first season better than the second one, but that’s just me.
Ryan: You just walked by me in a mall humming a really shitty song that was stuck in my head for a week and had just released itself from my brain hole. Now, that shitty song has jolted itself back into my mind device, torturing me, jeering me, taunting me. I had forgotten all about that show until now. Thank you. Nothing ever happened until the last two or three episodes. It was a show that milked and milked and never gave me a taste of real progress. What kills me is, I read an article where the creator said they weren’t and didn’t want to be a show like Lost that never had forward plot movement, only questions. That show is worse than Lost. I hate it. I hate it with the intensity of a thousand white suns. Season One was excellent.
Paolo: How did you get into comedy?
Ryan: I got into comedy early on in life. Watching it on tv, listening to Bill Cosby’s “Himself.” That was the first real exposure I had to standup, that album. I was coming home from shopping with my dad and uncle and they popped the trunk. I saw an album and grabbed it. My dad said, “No, no, no! You can’t listen to that yet. You can listen to this one.” He grabbed the album out of my hand and gave me a different one, “Himself.” The first comedy cd I ever bought was the album he took, Pryor’s, “Is It Something I Said?” I never thought I could come up with my own jokes. But, I tried. I would run them by my unsuspecting friends in grade school and junior high. Later in life, I started writing ideas down for the first time and went from there. I got a job waiting tables in comedy club and got fired four different times for giving bad service. I was too busy watching my heroes to get some dumb asshole another shot of Jack. That is where I really started to learn what it was all about. There was no better way to get an inside look at the world I wanted so badly to be a part of than that job.
Paolo: Who are your comedic influences?
Ryan: There are way too many to list or even mention. If I were to aspire to be like anyone, it wouldn’t be a comedian at all. My goal is to someday be able to make the comedy album equivalent to Brian Wilson’s “Smile” album. Even if I fall short, at least I will be striving for what in my mind is absolute brilliance and genius. It would be great to have a competitive relationship with another comedian the way the Beach Boys and Beatles did in their early work. They raised the bar for each other and there are a lot of really brilliant comedians out there that inspire me to be as great as I can be much in the same way. But, I’m not saying I am the Beach Boys of comedy and I’m looking for my Beatles. Right now, I’m shocked I am even being interviewed.
Paolo: What was the absolute worst show you’ve ever had?
Ryan: It was one of my first road feature weeks ever and it happened to be at one of my top five dream clubs. I was working with a headliner who supposedly wanted his middle acts to be squeaky fucking clean. Turns out everybody who was telling me this didn’t know what they were talking about because he didn’t really care all that much. If you’re dirty, he might not take you on the road with him, but he’s not going to have you fired. Besides, I might have adult language and topics, but I’m not acting out anal sex scenes in my act. I wouldn’t consider myself to be all that diry anyways. Regardless, all these things got into my head leading up to the gig and by the time the week rolled around, I didn’t stand a chance. After the first show Friday, one of the managers of the club hints that she wants to flip me and the emcee. I don’t blame her, it was like I was performing on the set of the Charlie Rose Show. I wasn’t just eating shit, I was bathing in it, rolling around in it, drinking it, choking on it, making unfunny shit cookies out of it. Luckily for me, one of the clubs I started at had me well accustomed to performing to absolute silence, so it was not an unfamiliar feeling. But, it was the worst show ever not because of the audience, but because I was eating it with a set I didn’t even like. Ever since that week, I’ve promised myself, if I’m going to eat it, its going to be doing what I want.
Paolo: Why don’t you tell us about your animation based on food, history, and race?
Ryan: What a random question! I’ve always had a dream of making a cartoon show and when I came up with the bit about the history of America where everyone is a food item, I finally discovered what to do it about. One day I wondered if white people were crackers, what would everyone else be? And the bit was born. I’ve been trying to get this shit made for years, but it is nearly impossible to find reliable creative people to collaborate with on a project. Not to mention, finiding affordable animation by someone who is ass kick ass as the guy, Eric Gosicki, who does the animation for us. With the exception of the animation, I had done it all myself up until about a year and a half ago when I worked with another comic named Juston McKinney and showed him the animation I had done to get some feedback. He saw it and wanted to jump on board with me and try to come up with something really great. It is tough to bring someone else into a project that you’ve done all yourself, because it is your baby, but I knew I needed help for it to get to that next level. It has gone through a few different manifestations and we think we’re getting really close to the right style and format. The great thing about it is that we can deal with any issue, especially race since we’re not using people to examine the issues and we attack everyone equally. How can you be offended by delicious snacks and treats? People can check it out at: http://www.myspace.com/thesnackbarshow.
Paolo: Just what exactly is the easy way to stop smoking?
Ryan: It is a book that has helped over a million people stop smoking without withdrawl pangs and all that other horrible shit that goes along with quitting. Another comic told me about it and I read it and quit smoking. I started again. Read it again. Stopped again. Started again. Reading it again as we speak. Problem with me is, it is just as easy to start again as it is to stop.
Paolo: And lastly, do you have any final words for the adoring audience?
Yeah, don’t let people get into your Pubble. I’ve got a positive bubble that I surround myself with, called my Pubble and I don’t let anybody get their negative shit inside of it. If someone tries to bring some negative things your way, just say, “Get out my Pubble, mother fucker!” Chances are they will leave you alone after that.
Here is the story of America, as told by Ryan Singer, which was the basis for The Snack Bar Show!