Alex Stone is my age. We’re both twenty-two. Alex Stone does comedy, and I don’t. So that’s why he gets to be this week’s Funny Title Here interview-ee. Just throwing it out there.
Paolo: Aaliyah said that age ain’t nothing but a number. Do you think that it makes a difference or matters that you are twenty-two years and doing comedy?
Alex: Almost everyone that I meet in the comedy world tells me that it’s an advantage, a lot of comedians tell me that they wish they would have started when they were my age, and a lot of them use the term “head start”. I think I partly agree with that, because comedy does take time, you have to log the hours and work hard at it for a while before you see any real success. So I guess starting young does give me a “head start” in the sense that I will have been doing it for a while at a much younger age and I will, hopefully, start to see some of that success earlier too. But at the same time, I still have to be funny. I could have started doing stand up when I was ten and be a twelve year veteran right now, but if I’m not funny, that doesn’t really matter. I think the playing field is leveled by the fact that no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been doing it, when you step on stage you still have to make the audience laugh. Funny is funny no matter what the age, and if your funny long enough I feel you will see some sort of success in this industry eventually. Now some people would say that I’m just not jaded yet, and I would say that those people are probably right.
Actually I would say I think I do have a slight advantage, because if you are funny and you are young people seem to be a little more impressed. They will say things like ” Wow your were funny, and your only how old?” or ” Your funny for a kid your age!”, at times it seems as if people are almost shocked that they would find someone my age funny. That makes them notice and remember you though which is always important. Also being only twenty two, I don’t really have many responsibilities yet, in terms of like a family or a day job, so its more acceptable for me to be a struggling comedian right now, where as in a little while down the road it may not be. People aren’t really that attracted to the word “struggling” when it’s in front of whatever you do, for some reason.
The rest of the interview, after the jump!
Posted: October 8th, 2008 under Funny Title Here.