Last Comic Standing finalist to perfrom at Pub
Sun Star Staff Report
Stand-up comedian, Chris Porter, will perform at the Pub Wednesday September 10th at 8 p.m as part of the Student Activities Office Bust-a-Gut comedy series. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the public.
Porter is most recognized for his third place finish on the fourth season of Last Comic Standing and his 2014 comedy album, Ugly and Angry.
Jerry Evans, former program director at KUAC, and local stand-up comedian is brining Porter up through his Alaskacomedy.com company. Porter will also perform at Kodiak Jacks and the Blue Loon. This marks the first of three comedians that Evans is bringing to the Pub this semester.
Question and answer with Chris Porter
Q: Where have you traveled on tour and what are your favorite places to go?
A: Alaska is definitely one of them. It’s still the Last Frontier—there’s no place like it. The people are unique and to themselves—I like it. The people are definitely a different breed and I like hanging with them. Seattle is good, San Francisco— I really like the Northwest. I also went to Guantanamo Bay and performed for the troops.
Q: What is your style like?
A: When I come on during my set we don’t need to talk about how terrible the world we can’t control is (the 24hr news cycle does that enough) we’re going to talk and joke about how terrible the world you can control is.
Q: What kind of jobs did you have to support yourself while you were starting out as a comic?
A: In the beginning I was in telemarketing. Eventually I was a mall security guard. The guy in charge of my schedule was a huge comedy fan, so he let me come and go whenever. I was the guy who liked to be out in the parking lot.
Luckily, I worked at an expensive mall and we had those BMW X5 SUVs. I’d sit in a really nice car, write jokes for a long time, drive around and make sure people weren’t stealing anything out in the parking lot and then go back to writing jokes.
Q: When did you first realize that you had the ability and talent to do stand-up as a career?
A: I don’t know if I’ve still had that thought, it just happened. I was doing it for fun when I was 19 and now I’m 35 years old, it all seems to have flow by pretty quickly.
Q: What was the first joke you wrote and performed?
A: I can’t remember. I have it written down somewhere. It was probably something like, “I’m a virgin, but not like that. I’m a comedy virgin.” For my first gig a lot of my friends were there and I didn’t want them to be. There was only 45 people in the room and when I performed I had the feeling that this is the greatest thing I’ve ever done. It is a high. We (comedians) definitely don’t do it for the money, we do it for the feeling.
Q: Best Gig?
A: There’s 5 or 6 that stand out. There was this one that I thought I did awesome, but I was also pretty drunk that night. It was at the Moore Theatre in Seattle and it was like a giant party, a ton of fun—definitely the coolest vibe.
Q: Worst Gig?
A: It was at an arena for a minor league hockey game. There were 15,000 people and we were told to perform after the game. We ended up performing for 75 people—all grandpa’s and their grandkids. So, our audience was 75 to dead. And Just born to 9. We were winning like 5-2, so people were leaving early. It was one of those things where everyone was really nice to us and then afterwards no one would look at us.
Q: How many shows do you do a year?
A: Counting LA spots, which are nightly—about 400 shows a year. Sometimes I do 2 or 3 shows a night.
Q: What’s life on tour like?
A: Lonely. It’s fun, it’s freedom. At the same time, normally you don’t have a car, so you’re limited to what’s in walking distance, or a cheap cab ride away. There’s a lot of fast food a lot of airline flights, it beats digging dishes!
Q: What would other profession would you like to have if you weren’t a stand-up?
A: I’d hope I’d be a carpenter, not for any religious reason. I like working with wood. Insert joke here. Huge wood.
Q: What do you want people to get from your shows?
A: Have a good time. It’s comedy, what else do you need?
Q: What do you want to do before you die?
A: There are a lot of things I want to do. I guess I just want to keep being productive. I just want to become a great comic. I don’t know if I’m there yet. I’d like to be on that level of Seinfeld, like on the Mount Rushmore of comedians with Richard Pryor. Well, nobody’s gonna get above Pryor, that’s just the way it is. So maybe not Mount Rushmore, but I’d like to be the Washington D.C. of comedy. I’d like to be a comedy monument.