by Ryan Meehan
Comedian Jeff Dye is the host of MTV’s “Money From Strangers” and is a recurring cast member on the ABC show “Extreme Makeover”. He was a finalist on season 6 of “Last Comic Standing” and performed on a 50 city tour with the other finalists when the series concluded. One of the really cool things that sparked my interest in talking to Jeff is that he got his start as a motivational speaker. He would do speaking engagements during the day, and then do comedy at clubs at night. If that weren’t enough of a busy schedule, he’s also our guest this week in 5 Questions.
FOH: Could you tell us a little bit about Kent, Washington where you grew up?
JD: Kent is a blue collar town about 40 minutes south of Seattle. It’s a great town if you love bark and bowling. Which I do!
FOH: What’s the biggest difference between motivational speaking and doing standup comedy?
JD: Well they are both totally different. I tried to make my speaking funny but in the end I just want them to be moved and follow their dreams, with comedy my ONLY agenda is “funny”. So with comedy I’ll lie, tell crazy stories, I’ll be silly or edgy, whatever it takes to make sure my audience is entertained and laughing.
FOH: What could someone who’s never seen an episode of “Money From Strangers” expect if they tune in to your show?
JD: They can expect laughter. Our show has a very wide birth of humor. There are ALL types of jokes. Some immature, clean, silly, wordplay, cerebral, dirty, every kind of joke is in this show. We cover all our bases.
FOH: I know that performing at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival is a lot of pressure because so many comedians have got their big break there. How was that experience for you?
JD: I always say that was the coolest and best thing that every happened for my career because just being asked to be there is an honor. It was incredible. I had a great time and a lot of good came out of it. And I got to meet so many of my comedy heroes too.
FOH: When people hear or read that you were once a leader of a YoungLife group, do you ever feel like there are people to expect you to be squeaky clean due to the raunchy nature of the current state of comedy?
JD: For sure. There are a lot of expectations for me to be a certain way in a certain box. But I stay true to what I believe. God isn’t boring so neither will I be, Jesus was considered a wild man and I’m happy to be one also.
FOH: You did a show that was produced by Ashton Kutcher that never made it to air called “Numbnuts”. Do you think that somewhere down the road that will end up getting released, even if it’s just on DVD? And you do think that the reason it may not have aired is that there are already other shows on television like that?
JD: I think it didn’t air because it was just to risky to celebrate kids making home made stunts at their house and putting them on YouTube. I don’t think it I’ll ever see the light of day but if anyone knows Jason Goldberg or Ashton they can tell them to “eat rocks” for me.
FOH: What’s coming up for Jeff Dye in the next twelve months?
JD: I’m doing stand up every night and living life! I’m super busy and I hope it just gets busier. Loving life! Checkout all my upcoming dates at jeffdye.com
You can catch Jeff at the Funny Bone in Des Moines, Iowa from May 30th to June 3rd.
Official Jeff Dye Website: http://jeffdye.com/
Jeff on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JeffDye
Jeff on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=JeffDye
Jeff on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/JeffDye
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