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Justin McClure Interview


Where are you from and what is it like there?

I’m from Georgia, originally. Raised in a very small place: where the Appalachian Mountains end, and incest begins. Hard to find. Wont find it on google maps.

How has your comedy career met or not met the expectations you had as you began this career?

I’d say met. I’ve been fortunate enough to be on tv….my mom has a picture of me on her set in the bedroom. I kid. Been on TV, done USO tours overseas (Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Japan, etc), toured most states in America.

Who are your 3 favorite living comedians?

Dave Attell, Jerry Seinfeld, Sebastian Maniscalco

Who are your 3 favorite dead comedians?

Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Richard Pryor

How would you describe your material?

Observational, irreverent, absurd and silly, sometimes poignant.

How do you balance pursuing comedy as a career with starting and maintaining personal relationships?

I place more importance (now) in my life on my personal relationships, other avocations, than I do stand-up. I feel to ‘make it’ in stand-up you need a niche and a following online so I’m more pursuant towards that end than I am doing stand-up.

How do you feel about the institution of marriage?

I dunno, how does IT feel about me?!

Where would you like to see your comedy career in 5 years?

I’d like to see myself doing lectures that combine my erudition of nutrition and wellness with my years of performing and doing stand-up. I feel I’m most passionate about health and change than I am being funny. I feel there is a need for health coaching that is funny, real, and life changing (since we are so unhealthy).

What inspires you?

My internal drive and YOU when you don’t small talk me:)

What frustrates you most about the world of comedy?

The ennui of people/comics who do not have an opinion. Say something, say it loud, and believe in your shit.

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