Ryan Staples is approaching his fourth year as a stand-up comedian. He suggests we all attend stand-up comedy because “if you think you know what’s gonna happen, you’re wrong.”
He also had some other things to say.
You say you’re perpetually uncomfortable. Is that because you’re in stand up or in spite of the fact?
Well, I kind of always wrestled with this fear of being in front of people. I’m a big guy, you know? I’m 6-foot-4. So people are always staring at me, and I was really shy. But comedy is a way of putting on an image you want. It’s your way of controlling the situation.
You don’t have to be “you” when you’re up there.
Is there a lot of pressure to be constantly funny?
I don’t tell anyone I’m a comedian. I run a web design company and I was at this function with my boss, and there was this group of improv comedians there and people were like, “We like to laugh, make us laugh!” And it doesn’t work that way.
From the moment you’re on stage you have to control it, you can’t just all of a sudden turn it on.
It just doesn’t work that way. I think I feel less confident if it’s ever brought up that way.
Yeah, that makes sense.
Well, then I’m like, apologetic. I’m like, “This might not go well. I’m sorry.”
What’s the most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you while performing?
I don’t really know. You always have those moments with people, you know, they like to make themselves known, or be involved somehow. But I was in the middle of a bit once and I just hear someone go, “I fucking know that guy.” And he didn’t mutter it to his friends; he said it out loud. Like, right in the middle of the show. So I just kind of go, “Uh … does someone know me?” It was dark. He started asking me where I went to high school and stuff. He was, like, 38; I’m 26. We don’t know each other. So I guess it wasn’t interesting as much as it was destructive for the show.
You said you don’t like to joke about diarrhea while on stage. Why?! Poop jokes are the best!
Well, when first getting into comedy, everyone thinks they have to be edgy, raw, and dirty. I’m guilty of that. But then people I knew started coming to the show. I didn’t want them hearing that. I didn’t want to perform that in from of them. I decided to dial it back. But I do think poop jokes are still insanely funny! That’s what my Twitter is for. It’s just for people who stumble upon things in the depths of the internet, but it doesn’t fit my act.
I’m not just going to fling shit jokes around.
HOSTED BY RICK JENKINS