Have you ever wanted to ask a stranger what the dumbest part of their job is? Well, we have and can and did. This week we ask stand-up comedian Luke Thayer to tell us about the dumbest parts of his job. And thankfully, he was happy to tell us.
What’s the dumbest thing a stand-up comedian can do before a show?
Get drunk. Remember how funny, coherent, and not annoying you always are when drunk? Well then you’re the only one that remembers that, cause you weren’t. Be a professional. A lawyer wouldn’t show up drunk so neither should a comedian.
What’s the worst joke you ever told on stage?
The worst joke I told was my third time on stage ever… it also happened to be a Last Comic Standing audition. I stood in line on a freezing Chicago morning for 4 hours all so I could tell the judges this gem which I made up while waiting. “Sure is cold out there, could have used Frank Stallone and his fire barrel.” One judge laughed, the other didn’t. They both stopped me in the middle of my next joke and asked what that Stallone joke meant. When I explained that it was a clever Rocky movie reference, both their faces dropped and one said, “Oh, we were both wrong. Thanks for coming in.”
What’s the dumbest thing a heckler ever said to you on stage?
Thankfully I’m not heckled too often as I think I disarm them by looking fragile. But when I do get heckled it never really makes sense due to drunkenness (see worst thing comedian can do before show and apply it to audience too). To me it’s much worse than words when you get that stare at the wall that says, “If he’s not talking about strip clubs, I’m gonna THINK about strip clubs.”
Find out more about Luke here!