CB: Where was your first gig and what was it like?
NT: My first gig was at a dive bar in Seattle. I reenacted the warehouse-dance-scene from “Footloose” during the intermission of my cover “No Hablos”. Hard to start my career on such high of a note. After that, everything has been blah.
CB: How often did you start performing comedy after your first gig and what was the comedy environment like in terms of progressing from open mic to professional bills?
NT: I started performing once a week or two. After realising I could speed up the process, I started performing at least 7 times a week. Going from free shows to paid shows usually happens about a year after you stop paying to do shows.
CB: How do you feel that your material has changed since when you first started performing comedy?
NT: My first bit was a five minute story about how Peanut Butter saved my life when I was 14. The last thing I did on the Tonight Show was a story about how my dog ate one of my pot brownies. So, to answer your question about how much my material has changed, I would say zero.
CB: Do you have a specific process that you go about when you write your material?
NT: It happens a lot of different ways but it usually starts with a cup of coffee laced with weed.
CB: You incorporate music into your comedy – have you found that audiences react differently to musical comedy than stand-up?
NT: I do. And we deserve to be looked down upon. We are scum. Also, it should be said that my new hour of material does not have any guitar. Just a man and a mic. Like our forefathers.
CB: You’ve performed comedy all around the world including the Montreal Comedy Festival, South by Southwest and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Do you have a favourite country to perform in? Do you find that different countries react differently to your comedy?
NT: I love performing in Scandinavia. But honestly, there isn’t much of a difference. Sometimes there is a brand reference that either needs to be changed or thrown away. Saying a different word in a joke throws my timing off so usually I will do without the whole joke.
CB: You’ve performed on shows such as The Tonight Show, Conan and Late Night many times. Do you have a different process in terms of preparing a set for television than you would in a comedy club?
NT: When getting ready to do a set I run it over and over at comedy clubs in LA or NY. Just doing the 5 minute set. You can work it out on the road in the middle of a headlining set but it’s best to do it as a stand alone piece. See how it holds up with no ramp up.
CB: Do you have a favourite type of audience to perform to?
NT: I prefer stadium audiences but I’m kind of a whore so I’ll do anything.
CB: Having performed in so many different types of venues all around the world, do you have a favourite type of venue to perform in?
NT: Please see last answer. I should also disclose that I’ve never performed in a stadium. Unless you consider a college cafeteria a stadium.
CB: Do you have any tips or advice for new comedians starting out in comedy?
NT: Before starting, confirm that you are funny. Then, suck for 3 years. Then, kinda suck for 3 more years. Then, get lucky. Then, despite the lucky break, consider to mildly suck but have people fooled.
Nick Thune is making his London debut at Soho Theatre from 1st – 6th February at 7:30pm.