Stand-up comic, Jay Malone, not only has new CD out, but his Showtime special just premiered and he still finds time to tour the United States and Canada. Zoiks! Online recently sat down with Jay to talk about his stand-up career, his new CD and special, and his plans to cure cancer.
Q - How did you get involved with stand-up?
A - I was in college in Fredericton, NB Canada and found out about a comedy competition happening at one of the bars down town. My best friend dared me so I signed up. I had two days to write 8 minutes of material and it was terrifying. I ended up making the semi-finals the next week and wrote 8 new minutes, not knowing you could just use the same material. After the competition, I joined up with a few of the guys and we started doing shows around town. A few months later I dropped out of school and moved to Toronto to pursue it.
Q - Your half-hour Showtime special premiered Thursday (1/27). Can you describe what fans can expect from the show?
A - 25 minutes of hilarity.
Q - The title of your new CD, "Some of My Weaknesses," was inspired by a question you heard during a job interview. What are some of the jobs you held before you started doing stand-up comedy?
A - I've had a lot of jobs. None of them particularly good. When I was in high school I worked at a chicken processing plant in order to make money for a trip to Australia. That was the worst job I had. I worked there the following year to save money for school but then I got salmonella poisoning and quit. I guess school was less of a motivator than the beaches Down Under. I've also worked at golf courses, book stores, a day care, Blockbuster, and as a part time employee at a temp agency. That was the last job I had before I was able to quit and focus on comedy full time.
Q - On your album, you talk about some of the differences between Canada and the United States. Have you noticed differences between Canadian and American audiences?
A - They're pretty much the same. The only difference is that American audiences treat comedy as more of a "night out." They'll get dressed up a bit more and like to take pictures with the comics after the show. They seem to laugh a little harder which may be because it usually costs more to get into shows in America so they try to get all their monies worth. Canadian audiences are a little harder to make laugh and instead of asking for a picture after a show, they're more likely to walk up to you and tell you what bits you need to work on.
Q - You also discuss getting to travel for stand-up. Where are some of your favorite places to perform?
A - I really like the Comedy Castle in Detroit. And then probably Rumors in Winnipeg and Absolute Comedy in Ottawa are my other two favorites. I would LOVE to get over to South Africa for the comedy festival. And even the festivals in Hawaii and Australia.
Q - While you’re on tour, how do you occupy yourself when you’re not on stage?
A - I'm an incredibly boring person on the road. I read a lot and often work on other projects. I like to walk around the city too and see what's around. Of course that's what I feel I should say. Really, I just sleep and eat poorly.
Q - Who are your favorite comics, and who influences you?
A - My favorite comics right now would have to be Bill Burr, Louis CK, Brian Regan, Tim Steeves and Derek Edwards. But I feel in terms of influences I'd list my comic friends. Guys and girls I started out with. I think your peers always have the greatest influence over what you do because you're with them all the time and they give you a lot of feedback. So people like Mark Bennett, Debra Digiovanni, Ryan Belleville and Frasier Young would be among my top influences. I'm sure I'm forgetting someone.
Q - What’s next for you? What can fans expect from you in the future?
A - More shows. I'll be touring more this year on account of my Showtime special and also hope to have a late night show appearance under my belt this year. I'm also doing a lot of animation and really pushing my YouTube page (jokesmalone) which will have a lot more blogs and clips and updates. That, and I'm also planning on finding a cure for Cancer and Ebola Zaire.
You can buy Jay Malone’s CD at iTunes. His Showtime special is available through Showtime on-demand until February 22nd.
Kate Brindle is a stand-up comedian from Ann Arbor, MI. For more information and for tour dates, visit her at http://www.katebrindle.com/ Email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.