by Ryan Meehan
Lamont Price has appeared with numerous big name comics such as Dane Cook – whom he opened up for during the recording of the multi-platinum album “Retaliation – as well as Opie & Anthony regulars Rich Vos and the late Patrice O’Neal. He has also featured for other industry heavy hitters such as Gary Gulman, Alonzo Bodden, and John Heffron. He’s a favorite wherever he performs, and was also featured in the film “Overserved”. Lamont has also worked with Def Comedy Jam legends Guy and Joe Torry, as well as In Living Color’s Tommy Davidson. You won’t want to miss him coming to a stage near you soon, and you can check him out today as my guest in 10 questions.
RM: So now that you’ve had time to bask in the glory of yet another New England Patriots Super Bowl victory…How many more years do you think that Brady can play; and how many more Super Bowls can they put away before Belichick finally decides to hang up the sleeveless hoodie?
LP: Brady is an angel who can play however long he chooses. Belichick is the devil who can, well, coach however the fuck long he chooses because who is gonna stop him? And they repeat in San Francisco next year. Book it. I’m still masturbating to Malcolm Butler’s interception. Sorry not sorry.
RM: How did you go about becoming a licensed Bootyologist? Is this something which can be taught free of charge to someone with literally no booty-related knowledge such as myself; or is the game to be sold and not told?
LP: Bootyology can be explained, even understood, but never truly taught. You either have an affinity for the butt cheeks or you don’t. And the game is most definitely to be sold. I’m a Jedi in the art.
RM: Who was the first comedic performer you saw on television that really made you aware of the art form; and what was it about that performance that made you want to do comedy yourself?
LP: I saw “Beverly Hills Cop” on video when I was like 11. And then sometime later I saw “Eddie Murphy: Delirious” on video and I knew I wanted to be a comedian. Eddie’s swag is off the charts. Everyone wants to be the coolest person in the room. And he is that. I’ve never been in a room with him, but that’s the vibe I get and he’s my hero.
RM: How would you best describe the Boston comedy scene? Would you say that for the most part everyone is very supportive of each other; or is there any amount of unhealthy competition that exists?
LP: There’s always negative energy somewhere, but for the most part the Boston comedy has always been a supportive bunch to their peers. Everyone’s just trying to grind and get to that next level. And people help pull each other up.
RM: Which of your current bits that are really hitting well would you say would be your favorite and why? How frequently will you modify new jokes until they are exactly where you want them?
LP: I’m always modifying in some way. I don’t like being attached to a script in my head so I’m always toying with the idea. New tags, scrap a punchline. Whatever works. I have a bit about Farrah Fawcett (CURRENT EVENTS!) that I’ve been working out that I like a lot. Shit’s gold. Lol.
RM: How much crowd work would you say that you do in an average feature set? What do you want the portion of the show where you do crowd work to add to the set other than just achieving hearty laughs?
LP: I don’t try to do too much crowd work in a feature set. If I do, it’s always organic to the moment. If it works in that setting, I’ll roll with it as long as it’s working.
RM: What common misconception that people outside of the entertainment industry have about comedians bothers you the most and why? Why is it that you think people have that skewed vision of your lifestyle; and do you think over time with image sharing on social media that is something that will change?
LP: Comedians are viewed as these Hawaiian shirt wearing, life of the party dudes with sad lives and drinking problems and that’s true. Kinda sorta. I don’t own any Hawaiian shirts. Obviously we’re much deeper, but I’m not bothered by anyone’s short sighted view of comedians. Maybe they should talk with more of us. Ladies? Talk to me.
RM: Speaking of social media, you seem to be a pretty busy guy on Twitter…Do you tend to use that website more a palette for thoughts that exist separately from comedy; or do you occasionally use Twitter to test out new jokes from time to time and then try them out in your act depending on the amount of favorites and retweets that you get?
LP: Now and then I’ll throw a line on Twitter to see if it gains any traction. But mostly random thoughts, hashtag wars, booty and smack talk. Also promotions and such.
RM: Which aspect of the writing process to you tend to struggle with the most and why? Conversely, which part of writing jokes would you consider to be your specialty; and why do you think you excel at that particular component of the practice?
LP: I feel I’m pretty good under writing pressure. I’ve always nailed book reports in school the night before, and with comedy it helps if I do anything with a writing deadline or even in my act which I never fully write out. Just the idea and some tags. The rest I work out onstage.
RM: What is the most bizarre thing that has happened to you in all of your years doing stand-up comedy?
LP: Bizarre? Can’t think anything particularly bizarre. Onstage? I have plenty of postgame stories that are insane. One time I did a show for 4 people with no microphone and guys playing pool so close to me that the guys would politely say “excuse me, man.” every time they’d brush by me. I always thought that was funny.
RM: What’s up next for you in the remainder of 2015 and beyond? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
LP: I’m just gonna be doing stand-up and seeing what opportunities come from it. I’m working towards eventually recording a comedy CD. So there’s a lotta writing in my future. Stay tuned.
Lamont on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lamont-Price/50836508001
Lamont on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lpizzle
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