by Ryan Meehan
A darkly-funny everyman whose shows are nonstop fun, Dave Waite has captured the hearts of comedy fans everywhere. Dave’s swagger, his honesty, and his endless supply of bizarre catchphrases have earned him a reputation as a comic’s comic with broad crossover appeal. There’s no such thing as a “typical Dave Waite show,” as his willingness to be in the moment takes his performances to places that some comedians wouldn’t dare visit. Dave’s recent CD “Kaboom!” was recorded at Skyline Comedy Café in Appleton, WI by Grammy-winning label Stand Up! Records. Tracks from “Kaboom!“ can be heard regularly on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio, as well as Pandora. Dave appeared as a guest on The Bob & Tom Show, one of the most popular morning shows in America, and performed on the fourth season of Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” He currently lives in New York City but regularly tours comedy clubs and universities around the country, and he’s our guest today in 7 questions.
RM: The bio on your website says that you live in the Big Apple, but your Twitter account lists your home base in Culver City, California. Is it safe to say that we can just take the midpoint of the two geographical locations and assume that you live in Council Bluffs, Iowa?
DW: Ha, Nope…I am out in the Los Angeles area, but thanks for reminding me that I need to update my website.
RM: What’s the key to providing a sense of variety to your shows so that the experience feels not only fresh for the audience, but for yourself as well?
DW: I keep it fresh by never doing the exact same set list. I always know how I’m gonna start and how I’m gonna end, but in the middle is my space to mix and match.
RM: Recently I spoke with CMT’s Next Big Comic winner Adam Norwest who has also recorded a comedy album at Skyline…What is it about that particular venue that makes it such a great place for comedians to put an album to disc? And how important is it to a comedy club that they have regulars who are respectful and create a positive and safe working environment for comics?
DW: I think The Skyline values the show No. 1, so if people are being a problem they’ll tell them to be quiet – it doesn’t matter if they spend a ton of money on drinks. Also there is no check drop during the show, so no disruptions from that.
RM: How are college campuses different from comedy clubs when it comes to handling hecklers? Is it a different type of drunk for you; and how do you shut each type down?
DW: I would say it would be very rare to have a drunk heckler at college show, since a lot of the shows take place on campus somewhere. I guess it’s possible. I haven’t experienced college hecklers, so I don’t know if there is a difference. If you interrupt the show whether you’re in a club or in college, you’re a dumbass.
RM: What can you tell us about the “It Gets Worse” video series? What is the most incorrect assumption people have about being a professional standup comedian? Why do you think that is?
DW: I think it shines a light on the fact that we are real people, and not just some clowns.
RM: If you could give any piece of advice to David Waite in 2004, what would it be? Why do you think that would be what you would tell yourself?
DW: Enjoy hanging out with friends, cause scenes change, people move. Also I would tell 2004 me…”Hey you’re gonna be on TV, but you’re not gonna be rich”… I’d be like “What”?
RM: What are some activities that you like to participate in when you need to get your mind off of comedy? Does it always work; or are you one of those artists who are constantly thinking about how to improve their product?
DW: I usually will go to the movies to escape and turn my brain off…as well as my phone. It’s so nice not looking at your phone for two hours.
RM: What’s up next for you in 2014? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
DW: I have a record coming out in a couple months called “Hotdoggin’”, I don’t have an official release date yet.
Official Website: http://davewaitecomedy.com/
David on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davewaitecomedy
David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davewaitecomedy
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