In stand-up comic Jeff Caudill’s hometown of Albia, Iowa, there were no open mics. So instead, he honed his craft by trying to make his college buddies laugh. Now, he makes crowds across the country laugh with his perfect mix of silly and edgy material. I recently had the chance to chat with Jeff about how he got started in comedy, who inspires him, and what his wife thinks of his jokes.
Q. How did you get involved with stand-up?
A. I was hooked on comedy at an early age. As a kid I used to beg my parents to let me stay up late and watch Late Night, The Tonight Show, and Saturday Night Live. Growing up in my hometown of Albia, Iowa we didn’t have any open mics but my friends and I would always joke around with each other. I started doing open mics after I was married and done with college. I missed hanging out with my friends and cracking jokes with them and I found out that if I went up on stage we would all make time to hang out again.
Q. Your album, “I Tore That Up!” talks a lot about life with a wife and children. How does being married and being a dad influence your comedy?
A. I'm a dad?! I am too young to be a dad! (Just kidding.) It definitely influences my comedy because a lot of my jokes are about real life and what we all go through on a daily basis. Even if you are not married or don’t have kids you will be able to relate to it because you will have seen it watching kids and parents interact. Not all my material is about marriage and kids though. I have a lot of throwbacks to my childhood and college partying days! If you have a kid or were a kid at one time you will be able to relate to my comedy!
Q. Do you run your jokes by your wife and kids? What do they think of your material?
A. Sometimes I will run it by my wife but she always says the same thing, "That’s ok, but I like some of your other stuff better." Then I do the joke she thought was "ok" and it kills! She keeps me very grounded. As for my kids, they are still pretty young for my material so they don’t get to hear a lot of my jokes.
Q. You’ve performed your act on a variety of stages. What’s your favorite road story, whether it’s silly, embarrassing or just plain awesome?
A. I recently did a show at the Funny Bone in Des Moines, Iowa and this group came up to me after the show and said to me "you just described our life we were just like that in college and we still do some of the same crazy stuff too and this is our friend who is just like your friend.” It was awesome for me because they really related to my material.
Q. Who are your favorite comics, and who influences you?
A. There are so many great comics that it would be hard to pick just one. I enjoy hearing all types of comedians and material from the really dark and blue material to the squeaky clean comedy, funny is funny. My dad definitely was an influence on me. He is a very funny guy and I remember watching him joke around with his friends and make everyone laugh and I knew I wanted to be just like that. I am pretty lucky because most of my family and friends are pretty funny, and they are good material for my stand up too.
Q. What’s the best advice about entertainment you’ve received, and who gave it to you?
A. About every good working comic will give the same advice when it comes to stand up "Get as much stage time as possible and write and re-write jokes as much as possible." The more you do something the better you get at it.
Q. What’s next for you? What can fans expect from you in the future?
A. Right now I am doing shows and interviews all over the place promoting my Comedy Album "I Tore That Up!" It has been a selling well on Amazon and iTunes and is currently ranked in the "Top 100 Top Rated in Comedy" and "Top 100 Hot New Releases in Comedy" on Amazon. I hope to see as many of my fans as possible at my shows where they can see a mix of material off the album and some new stuff. There are rumors (I started them) that fans will be able to see me on a DVD or TV Comedy Special Soon. Stay tuned to http://www.comedianjeffcaudill.com/ for more details!
The New Wave Dynamics release of Jeff Caudill’s’ debut comedy album "I Tore That Up" is now available at iTunes & Amazon.
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 email@example.com.