I am originally from Austin, Texas. I moved to Houston, Texas in 2003 to see what a bigger market had to offer me. I been fortunate to grow as a comedian as well as pursue a career in acting. I have been lucky enough to be in several commercials and other industrial videos--all while traveling around the country and making people laugh. If I am lucky I can grow both professions together and become successful in both. And I have been blessed so far. Here's to the future.
There is the generic bio. If you want to know more about me and what got me into this crazy business, read on. You can find out what makes me tick and the motivations for what I do. It's all about giving back. Karma is everything. And you have to leave some sort of mark on this world while you're here.
I have been a fan of comedy for as long as I can remember. Even as a child, I loved a good laugh. I used to stay up and watch The Tonight Show every night. I remember how I used to record the comedians and learn their sets. I think this was what started it all. Later, I started to like sitcoms and funny movies. Movies like Airplane and Caddyshack and TV shows like MASH, Cheers, and Soap really got me interested in comedy. I think these shows taught me how to write comedy. There is a certain rhythm and timing to comedy. These were the first pieces to the puzzle.
I was always influenced by comedians. Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Robin William, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks and others showed me different kinds of comedy. Richard Taught me to just be yourself and use your own voice--and to give voices to other things that can't speak. Rodney taught me that you can keep hitting an audience and not let them up. Robin Williams taught about improvisation--a mainstay in my act. Steve Martin taught me that you could just be stupid and kill. Bill Murray and Tom Hanks showed me how to be the life of the party, so to speak--to be fun. The common denominator of all these styles is being real, even when you are talking about something that isn't. I learned early that comedy comes in all shapes and sizes. I think that's why my comedy can't be put into one category. I don't want to write any one style of comedy. I want my audience to always be on their toes. You don't need to know what's coming. Just trust that it'll be funny. The one thing that all of these men taught me is that you have to give back.
I feel that the foundation for me becoming a comic was built early--without me knowing it. I realized through my teens, and even in college, people would tell me I should become a comedian. There was only one thing stopping me. I realized the first time I got up on stage at open mic that I had stage fright. So, I quit after a couple of months. Then I started up again about five years later. Butterflies kicked my ass again. Then one day, about six years later, I was watching some comics on TV. I just said to myself, "I have to give a real shot." I realized that day that if I didn't do this, it would haunt me forever. This meant that I had to get over the stage fright. This meant I had to get comfortable with myself. I understood that the best comics leave themselves on the stage--the ultimate vulnerability. This is what makes a lot of people quit or fail to excel in this business. It is hard to bare your soul and risk rejection. It would be easy if I new everyone was going to laugh. But that is far from how it is when you start out. So, anyway, I decided to give it an honest chance--and I am glad I did. I put myself out there and, thank goodness, they laughed.
Once I realized I could make people laugh, I had to learn how to be a comedian. There is so much more to it than just getting up there and telling jokes. You have to find your voice--this takes a while. You have to learn the business. Yes, it is a business and you are a commodity. Being a comedian means constantly selling yourself. And just like any other product, you put it out there and hope the word spreads. So far, I have been lucky. Also, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best comedian in the world. I am also blessed in the fact that I am well received everywhere I go. I am living the dream. I'm giving back what those great comedians gave me as a boy. I know that I make a difference in peoples lives. One of the best compliments I have received was a lady telling me that she just had surgery and I made her bust her stitches. That may sound weird to some of you. But, I made her laugh so hard, her stitches broke. She had to go get her stitches fixed and she didn't care. Not only that, she is now a BIg Ed fan. It is rewarding to know that my fan base is getting bigger all the time. This is so important to me because, without my fans, I am nothing. So get on Big Ed's laugh train--last stop, the top!!!