That takes courage. Don’t you break into a sweat?
There’s a time and place for that. I live in Hoboken, and I go to New York and do open mike shows. That’s what’s so exhilarating and frustrating about comedy: It’s a profession where you have to accept failure. If you want to be a good comedian, the only way to do that is to get up and fail at it.
Most of your gigs seem to be at colleges.
The majority is colleges. It’s definitely difficult trying to get into the club scene in New York because of the sheer number of comedians. But colleges pay a lot better than clubs do — every college, no matter how big or small, has a student activities board for bringing in entertainment.
Is your material directed just at college students, or do you try to reach a broader audience?
That’s something I’ve been very conscious of. When I was starting out, a lot of stuff I wrote just naturally pertained to being in college. But you have to realize very quickly, you’re writing for more than one demographic. I write material that would work anywhere.
How many colleges did you appear at last year?
In 2012, I was at 49 colleges across 24 states and also Canada. This stretch right now is the busiest I’ve ever been in by far, with 35 more colleges to visit just this spring.