I asked Robert Strong about losing his luggage and what it was like putting together a show from scratch. Afterwards he asked me and the rest of the comedy juggling community five questions. These are my answers. I’d love to see yours too. You can post them on the Balls & Jokes Facebook page or in the comment section here.
1. What is your must read
Right now (March 2017) I’d have to say that my “must read” book is Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers. It has nothing to do with comedy or juggling. It’s just a really well written and interesting book by an esteemed author and notorious good guy. I won’t tell you anything about it. Just read it.
2. What trick can you do with no props?
3. If a young person asked how to get bookings, what would you tell them?
I’d tell them to concentrate on doing good work and working as much as possible: do open mics, block parties, and anything else you can get your hands on. If you get good and get seen you’ll get bookings.
4. If you could go back in time and tell the young you one great piece of advice, what would it be?
I’d go back and tell the young me that “You should focus on being funnier”. I spent years looking to my props for inspiration and hoping that one bigger, better, more original trick would be what it took to be succesfull. I wasted a lot of time juggling and coming up with stunts. I didn’t even think about being funnier. I’ve only now started truly working on how I am funny and how I can be funnier. I’m enjoying the work more now than I ever did when I focused on the juggling.
5. What is holding you back from being more successful?
If I knew, I’d be more successful. The answer is probably juggling.
Have someone you’d like to see interviewed? Let me know. I’ll do what I can or at the very least make something up and pretend like I interviewed them.