Stand-up comedian Jordan Pease took a break from his moving day for a phone interview. He commented that because his move was such a short distance shopping carts might have been a better choice than an actual moving truck to schlep his stuff around. By the time I got a chance to talk to him though, he didn’t sound like a frazzled mover on one of the hottest days of the summer. He was friendly, chatty and of course, funny, like a friend you’ve known for years.
Pease moved from New Jersey to San Francisco at 18, studying psychology, but knowing that’s not what he ultimately wanted to do with his life. Simply, from a young age, he wanted to entertain. Since the age of 12, he knew he wanted to be famous, make people laugh. But he wasn’t your average theatre, drama kid but instead a highly competitive (closeted gay) athlete active in both soccer and track.
His first real experience with stand up was in a laundromat. People doing laundry, drinking coffee and being entertained by newbie comedians taking turns at an open mic. How genius is that? After moving to LA, he pursued comedy as a career with his first gig taking place in the basement of a Hollywood hotel winging it with entertaining stories and amusing anecdotes.
For 2013, he’s traveling non-stop throughout Southern California and across the nation sharing his comedy with others not to mention promoting his book Accidentally Okay, A Memoir, which came out earlier this year. Oh, and I did I mention he’s only 22? Pease describes his humor as “inappropriate” which really, isn’t that one of the best kinds?
Courtney Hartmann: I read an interview of yours recently that said San Diego was one of the best parts of performing in California, what is about here that you like?
Jordan Pease: It’s nice that it’s driveable from LA. Plus, it’s just beautiful. When I perform in La Jolla (La Jolla Comedy Store), there is always an awesome audience. From Latinos to middle-aged white people, I like to see the diversity in the crowd.
CH: Besides laughs what constitutes a good show for you?
JP: Audience reactions not just during but after too. The meet and greet part…after shows there will be a line of people wanting to take photos with me, want me to sign their books. It’s great to hear their stories. I feel like I’m making a difference.
CH: Sum up your reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision about Prop 8 in three to five words.
JP: Finally we deserve this. (I’m happy that everyone can be happy.)
CH: How’s dating life as a comedian?
JP: Non-existent! I’m on the road a lot. I am in a post-breakup mentality and am happy being single. I’m married to my career right now. However, I’m always accepting applications.
CH: What would eat for your last supper?
JP: Guacamole. Chips and guacamole. With a Corona. With Marc Anthony singing for me.
See Jordan Pease perform July 9th at 8:30 p.m. at La Jolla Comedy Store. For more tour dates visit: http://thejordanpease.com/catch-me-2013/ and follow Jordan on Twitter and Instagram: @jordanpease1