I sat down for a recent interview with Comedian Anthony Garvone, here’s what he had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hello, my name is Anthony Garvone and I am a stand up comic. I can probably be considered a start up comedian although I am going to turn 64 years old next month. This doesn’t bother me in the least because I am doing exactly what I want to do. From the time I was a young child I was always impressed by comedians that made me laugh. They were the best and this has stayed with me my entire life. So I have decided to toss my hat into the ring.
How and when did you first get into performing?
The first time I performed on stage in a real club was in 2002 at HaHa’s Comedy Club in North Hollywood. I must tell you I was terrible but that didn’t detour me. Even though I sucked I was so proud of myself for getting through the 5 minute open mic I drove down to the Sunset Strip, put the top down on my car and put my stereo on BLAST. The song “Wishing on a star” came on and I just went into dreamland as I drove.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I remember when I was 8 or 9 years old listening to Brother Dave, The Limelighters, Smothers Brothers then along came Bill Cosby and I really went crazy when I heard Redd Fox for the first time on his party records. Man, that was the greatest.
What has been your favorite gig so far and why?
I think my my most favorite gig so far has got to be when I headlined at the Smell downtown, Los Angeles. I killed that night and I remember thinking to myself as the owner of the club was paying me: I made it, I really f*%king made it! This is when I knew in my heart it’s all forward motion from here.
What projects do you have coming up?
Coming up, I am booked to do a private Christmas Party in Hancock Park. They say there are going to be about 100 people there and to cut loose no holds barred. This is my kind of gig. Otherwise, it’s early for the holidays so I’m holding out for my best shots.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
If I could co-star with anyone it would be Andrew Dice Clay. I could create magic with him if I could play his father in some outlandish spoof. I think the right script could be comedy gold.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to ride this wind and take it wherever it takes me. The main thing is I enjoy what I am doing.
What is your advice to other comedians, like yourself?
For the guys starting out remember this: don’t be imprisoned by what other people tell you. What do they know, you know you best so go for it. At least you can say you tried.
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