Aug 24, 2009

The Dirty Dozen, with Jay Malone.

[NOTE: this is a very non-photographic post. It's a re-print from my article in Chill Magazine—that free Beer Store thing in the metal rack.]

Jay Malone is one of Canada's finest stand-ups. I caught up with him and asked him a bit about the biz. Check out his page here .
  1. 10 favorite comedians performing today?
    Louis CK, Brian Regan, Bill Burr, Jo Koy, Dave Chapelle, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Ellen Degeneres, Zack Galifanakas, and Derek Edwards.

  2. Who are your five favorite Canadian comics? 
    Tim Steeves, Fraser Young, Debra Digiovanni, Derek Edwards, Ryan Belleville.

  3. What is the best attribute of an aspiring comedian?
    Thick skin.

  4. What is the surest way to fail miserably at standup?
     Ignoring audience reaction.

  5. Have you ever wished you could have an intervention with a really bad comedian, to stop them from wasting their life?
    At first I didn't care. I just figured, to each his own. Then I realized that they're taking stage time from people who "should" be doing it. And they're ruining it for the audience who have a bad experience and don't come back to the club! So yes, I do think that sometimes. But there might not be enough interventionists in the world!

  6. The First Commandment of Stand-up is...
    Know when you're jokes aren't working.

  7. The biggest sin in stand-up is:
    Blaming the audience when you're not doing well. (Though sometimes it IS them!)

  8. Is there anyone out there who you feel is succeeding despite their lack of talent?
    Of course there is, but they all have the other "attribute" that you need in comedy, 'persistence'. Otherwise known as 'moxy' or 'hustle', which I would argue is actually more important than being good on stage.

  9. What's your favorite bit that you do?
    "Penis Key."

  10. How come Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld have so few albums when they're considered such essential stand-up artists?
    They made a huge impact back when the number of albums was less important than the quality. Their albums were so great they helped raise standup out of the 'alternative' world and into the 'mainstream'. Today it seems it's more about "amount" of material than anything. Which is too bad but totally understandable. The internet is changing everything.

  11. Are albums important any more?
    Albums are still very important but are definitely less so for this generation. They still serve as a sign that you've made it. And also provide a lot of income for the comics. In addition they're a good way to do your material and then put it to bed. The album serves as a nice archive that will always be there. Something for fans to go back to. Whereas without shooting one, you're old material just disappears. However, with the internet exploding like it has, the album isn't the only way for a comic to get noticed or acquire fans anymore. You can simply shoot your own album nowadays.
  12. What is up with airline peanuts?
    Airlines serve peanuts??
Jay Malone hails from Kentville, Nova Scotia. He was the 2004 winner of the Homegrown Competition at Just for Laughs and is busy headlining clubs while pursuing a television career.

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