Q&A with comedian Brandon Glover

January 2, 2019 GMT

The state of Missouri is called home for many comedians you know and love like Cedric the Entertainer, Redd Foxx, Lavell Crawford and Nikki Glaser. Brandon Glover, 36, is no different, honing his comedic skills as a stand-up comedian at The Funny Bone comedy club in St. Louis before making his move north to Chicago.

You might’ve seen him discussing how he behaves in a petty manner in relationships on an episode of truTV’s “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” last month. Now, you can catch Brandon live and in action at 8:30 p.m. for Exit Stage Left’s “Welcome to 2019 Comedy Showcase,” this Friday at The Spot on Broadway in Bradley.

The Daily Journal caught up with Glover to talk stand-up, getting nervous onstage and finding the funny in everyday life.

How’d you get your start in stand-up comedy?

“I started in St. Louis. at the Funny Bones comedy club. I’ve been doing comedy for about 17 years. I’ve been funny all my life. I wasn’t doing the best in school, so the next best thing was to find something I was good at, and I’m good at telling jokes.”

How would you describe your style of comedy?

“I’m very truthful and honest. I shoot from the hip. I talk about being single, not having kids, and how all my friends are married, and how their wives don’t want them hanging out with me.”

What makes you laugh?

“Life. Regular, everyday life is funny. You have to take time out to see the funny.”

What’s the funniest thing you’ve recently witnessed in your day-to-day life?

“I recently went to a poetry set, and I saw a poet who was trying to do comedy. He was dark, then he started trying to tell jokes!”

Where does your material stem from?

“My life and my experiences. People I’ve dated, my move from St. Louis to Chicago — not knowing how cold it was gonna be.”

Do you ever get nervous onstage? If so, how do you handle it?

“I always get a little nervous. I think when you do comedy, you’ll always have those jitters. I think that’s a good thing though, because it means that you care about what you’re saying. I’ve been doing comedy for so many years that I don’t always get butterflies in my stomach, but if I’m performing at a new place, I’ll be a little nervous.”

What’s the best and worst part about being a stand-up comedian?

“The best part is the fact that I don’t have to work a 9-5 job, and that’s amazing. The worst part is that it can take so many years before you’ll be able to just solely do comedy. It can take anywhere from five to 10 years before someone recognizes that you have genuine talent. It all depends on how your journey goes. You really need to have the heart, and believe in what you’re doing. This definitely isn’t an overnight success situation.”