What does it take to be a comedian? Alan Peterson takes us through the steps
Alan Peterson is a comedian, writer, and producer. He has been doing stand-up since October 2009, opening for many comedic greats such as Damon Wayans. He frequently writes, produces, and stars in his own comedy videos that can be seen on FunnyorDie.com, YouTube, and many other sites and blogs. Some of his most notable works are “The Peter-Zone”, “Bubble Gut”, “Stay Thirsty”, “Church: The Sixth Member of Scooby Doo”, “Pink Washington”, and “Beats By Barry”. He was awarded Entertainment Actor of the Year on Syracuse After Hours; a sketch comedy show on Cirtus TV.
- From Michigan
- Survival Job
- Got into comedy after high school
- Syracuse University
- Funk&Waffles Open Mic
- First gig successful, wanted to do this for a living
- Studied for a semester in LA
- Wanted to be the next Michael Jordan
- Brought comedy to Funk&Waffles!
BEST GIG: Opening up for Damon Wayans, audition, picked 4, 800 people laughing
Floyd Little (NFL Hall of Fame) said “You belong on that stage”
WORST GIG: After opening up for Damon Wayans, had a bad night. Heckled by a fellow comedian. Responded “Your mom”…the guy said “whatever dude” and everyone laughed. Wake up call. Always gotta be on your feet.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Staying motivated! Knowing you’re doing the right thing! Keep doing it! Being a college graduate and having to go back to living with your parents and working with 16 year olds.
“In your worst moments, it can only get better”
Wish he had patience and understand things don’t happen overnight
Dave Chappelle Inside the Actor’s Studio, his father said:
“Name your price in the beginning. If it ever exceeds that price, get out of there…thus Africa”
You need to know what this game is, understand it and accept it to reach your destination
Can’t loose sight of the end goal
Meet other comedians in the scene and help each other out
Open mics, comedy club, get their information!
Go to the venue and talk to them if nothing happens
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SONG OF THE SHOW:
“Bother Me” by My Lucky Fish
Alan’s standup, which Anna quotes
“Life is a Material” Documentary about a stand up comic by Alan himself