by Ryan Meehan
Nick Vatterot is one of comedy’s brightest young stars. In 2010 The Hollywood Reporter named Nick one of the “break-outs” at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, and he was the recipient of the prestigious Andy Kaufman award in 2011. Nick has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, and recently shot a stand-up special for Comedy Central’s “The Half Hours”. He produced and performed in Comedy Central’s forthcoming new series “Mash Up”, and he’s our guest this week in 5 Questions.
FOH: I see you’re doing the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, how do you think that will pan out?
NV: I think somewhere between an end of days earth shattering hell fire and an eternally young perpetual utopian bliss.
FOH: Of all of the gigs you’ve done, which was the absolute worst and why?
NV: Oh, there’s been so many bad ones. One that sticks out was not really a gig, but this open mic my first year in New York. I got stuck working at this horrible Mexican restaurant on Thanksgiving. That place was deader than a Mexican restaurant on Thanksgiving. Afterwards I was walking home, saw this packed open mic and decided to sign up. Three and a half hours later they called my name and I walked up on stage. I started into my act and looked around, the only people left in the bar was the host who was wrapping up extension cords, a couple who was making the bouncer take their picture, the bartender who was on the phone and the previous act who was loudly putting away their guitars. Not one person was paying attention. I was on stage talking to no one. Although there was this one super drunk guy who had been about to fall off his bar stool since I had come in. He probably couldn’t see three inches in front of his face, but he was at least looking in my direction. I got off stage sat next to him and told him my jokes. He just rotated in circles like a bowling pin about to fall over. When I was done he just kind smiled and patted me on the back.
FOH: In your opinion, how has the internet changed comedy?
NV: Before the internet, only 33% of questions about comedy were about the internet. But now it amounts to almost 35%!!! The internet has changed the game. Fans have more access to comedians than ever before and vice versa. We live in a time where YouTube comedy channels can make you hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, a Twitter feed can sell out comedy venues and get you a TV show, and the right podcast can turn an entertainer into a cultural icon. And people are still figuring out all the ways 2-way mass communication can be used to create not only comedy, but a career in comedy. The cool part about right now is that pioneers of today are creating the templates of tomorrow’s industry. For anyone who’s ever wanted a career in comedy or at least put their comedy out into the world, there’s never been less excuses to do it.
FOH: Who has been your favorite comedian to work with so far?
NV: When you work a club and do sometimes 8 shows in one week, my favorite comics have been the ones that make you want to watch their act every night. I got too many favorites. Todd Glass is definitely someone who sticks out. That dude is so hilarious, he truly puts on a show, and treats stand-up as if it was something fun.
FOH: What type of format do you think would be the best for your comedy if you had your choice? And will you always think of yourself as a standup comic first?
The best format for my comedy if I had a choice, would be a virtual vortex. A sensory deprivation vacuum that would stimulate all 7 senses, and allow every facet of the human condition the correct properties to absorb my comedy and transform it into logical and coherent thoughts and explain it back to me because I don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about.
FOH: What’s next for Nick Vatterot in twelve months to come?
NV: In the next 12 months, I’m thinking about doing a year if I have time. I have a special on Comedy Central on Friday May 25th at 11/10c. Mash-Up, the stand-up with visualizations/sketch hybrid show created by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and T.J. Miller that I worked on is scheduled to air some time late summer/early fall. I’ll be performing stand-up at the Montreal Comedy Festival this summer taping “Funny as Hell” hosted by Jon Dore for HBO Canada. And I will be launching a podcast loosely based on my “Voltron Joke” called Spike The Vodka. Yes, I know, ANOTHER podcast. I’m just doing it because I heard this internet stuff is all the rage.
NV: Also I would like to apologize for not answering the second part of question number 5. But since this is “5 Questions’, I would have been answering 6 questions. And I run a weekly bamphlet called “6 Questions” and feel we would have been stepping on my turf.
Nick’s official website: http://www.oodlesofpun.com/
Nick on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FHArbcEcfM
Nick on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/nick.vatterott
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