Published on January 8th, 2015 | by StandUpTalk
Run The Light With Robert Kelly
In today’s edition of Run The Light we interview stand up comedian Robert Kelly.
Abby: When and where did you start comedy?
Robert: Geographically, Boston, MA Technically juvie hall, either you knew how to fight or you were funny, I chose funny.
Abby: Who do you idolize outside of comedy?
Robert: Robert Downey Jr. Oh no, I take that back I don’t idolize him, I have a bit of a man crush.
Abby: Tell us about your first time on stage?
Robert: As a solo stand up comedian I was at Catch a Rising Star in Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA. In front of my whole family. Which reminds me that I should apologize to them individually for that.
Abby: What are you afraid of?
Robert: The funny answer, my wife getting a stomach virus on a roller coaster.The real answer, heights.
Abby: Prioritize these words, comedy, women, money, food.
Robert: Comedy, food, money, food… I omitted women because I’m married.
Abby: What advice do you have for young handsome white comedians like myself to try and get better at comedy?
Robert: No advice. That’s the last thing comedy needs is another young, funny, good looking, white guy. Just kidding, get on stage as much as you can.
Abby: What are your thoughts on The Interview Sony thing?
Robert: I think its ridiculous that we are scared of North Korea. That we let a communist country decide what we can and cannot watch. We’re America, fuck yeah. I didn’t need North Korea to threaten me not to see a James Franco/Seth Rogen movie. I would of done that on my own.
Abby: How does comedy or the comedy scene differ from when you started?
Robert: Its harder for younger comedians now. When I was coming up there was no such thing as bringer shows or barking for stage time. The way you got on stage was being funny and that’s it.
Abby: What is your favorite room to perform in and why?
Robert: Comedy Cellar & The Village Underground because they are the two best rooms in the world. They are where comedy, as we know it today, originated.
Abby: What is your podcast about?
Robert: My podcast is a true comic hang. It’s not an interview and there are no set topics. It’s anywhere from 3-6 comics just hanging out and letting the conversation happen.
Abby: Aside from your upcoming special what projects are you most excited about?
Robert: The new TV series airing on FX this summer Sex Drugs & Rock & Roll. I play a drummer, (Bam Bam) in a rock band that almost made it.
Abby: Your last special was in 2008 how did you know you were ready to record this new one?
Robert: It was just time. I had over an hour and 40 minutes of material and needed to get rid of it.
Abby: How did you go about getting this special made?
Robert: I am very proud of this special. Me and Jim Serpico did this on our own. We couldn’t be more thrilled that Comedy Central is airing it.
Watch Robert’s special Live at The Village Underground – Friday 1/9 at Midnight on Comedy Central
Pre-order the uncut, uncensored version at RobertKellyLive.com