Interview with comedian Evan Wecksell

Photograph//Paul Smith

Photograph//Paul Smith

A Evan Wecksell is a comedian and singer/songwriter from Great Neck, New York who performed at Johnson & Wales University on April 22. The Campus Herald had an opportunity to ask Wecksell some questions about how he entered comedy and what the future holds for his career.

1. What first inspired you to go into comedy and how do you connect comedy with your music?

While I always enjoyed and had an eye on comedy, the first impulse to pursue it actually came from a marketing professor. After college, my internship at the NHL ran out and I took a sports marketing class at NYU. My final presentation turned out to be hilarious and the professor told me to get on stage. So I took a comedy class in NYC at The Comic Strip. After a year of stand-up, I added in the guitar talents I picked up in college. Before I knew it I was trying to be a funny Bon Jovi.

2. Were you always funny?

I would say more weird and silly. I was only funny with friends and actually first gave stand-up a shot back during my senior year of high school.

3. Describe yourself in three words.

Comedian. Traveler. American.

4. What’s your favorite one liner joke?

I don’t really have those, but when I get the ‘tell a joke’ request, I say, “Why did the monkey fall out of the tree? It was dead.”

5. What is your favorite aspect about performing?

The spontaneity. You can do the same set for two shows, but they can be night and day because of the crowd and my improv.

6. Describe your favorite performance.

I had just done a show in Maine and drove 10 hours back to NY for another show. I didn’t want to do the show. It was for little money and I was tired. However, it was for my fraternity and the show turned out to be beyond electric. The crowd was very musically inclined, so much that one brother, who sang opera, came on stage and repeated each of my ‘adult-themed’ lyrics. Hilarious!

7. If you could perform with anyone dead or alive who would you choose and why?

I would like to duet with Adam Sandler, maybe co-write “Hanukkah Song 5.0.” A mock bluesy song with Richie Sambora answering me on guitar would be cool too.

8. What do you think you would do if you didn’t find comedy?

I’d be having fun in front of an audience, probably teaching, and then getting fired for unorthodox methods.

9. Is there anything you are working on currently?

Always looking at new ways to apply my comedy. [I] have some television ideas/scripts I’m polishing and trying to get in front of the right people.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I could easily still be doing what I’m doing now. I love to tour and I think I could still entertain a college crowd that would be half my age. I can also give the Mitch Hedberg answer and say, “Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of you asking me this question.”

Autumn Hawkins
Staff Writer