RICHIE

REDDING

How would you describe your style of comedy?

 

Crafted racial humor alongside cerebral dick jokes.

 

If you weren’t doing standup, what do you think you’d be doing?

 

I'd be a rowing coach.

 

What are some upcoming projects you’re working on?

 

My podcast Pets and Punchlines is my baby right now. Lots of fun stuff in the mix.

How did you get into comedy?

I always knew I wanted to be a comic. When I was a kid and would sick, I would go to the videp store and could rent anything, I'd get like five standup specials. Then once I graduated from college, I got a well paying job but I hated the paper chase. I only lasted a few years, mostly because I was writing at my desk when I was supposed to be working. on day one of being unemployed I got on stage and never looked back.

What advice would you give your younger self about getting into comedy?

Cocaine doesn't make you funnier.

 

Describe comedy in one word.

Ugh.

 

How bad was your worst road gig?

 

My worst gig involved stepping on a poisonous sea urchin an hour before the show in St. Croix. Then I was stuck doing an hour in front of 6 people that had been drinking since 1996.

 

How do you handle a heckler?

 

In stages. It takes a long time to learn how to not be mean unless they really deserve it.

What’s one of your best memories being on the road?

 

I accidentally did 45 minutes in front of 12k people once. It was a huge arena show, and the headliner got sick and had to go to the hospital, while I was already on stage. I was about to wrap it up and they gave me the "stretch" sign so I had to throw it into overdrive. Honestly, all I was thinking was "Don't get booed", because I wasn't the guy they paid to see, but it turned out really well.

BONUS

 

What’s something you geek out on that people wouldn’t expect to hear?

 

I'm way more obsessed with nutrition and exercise than one would expect by looking at me.

 

Who’s a celebrity, dead or alive, that you would party with?

 

I don't drink anymore, but I'd probably throw down with Corky from Life Goes On.

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