In this edition of Run The Light we interview comedian Sandy Danto.

Ari: From what I have been told you started by opening up for Pauly Shore, how did Pauly discover you? Did he see your potential from the start?

Sandy: A friend of mine was interning for him and knew I was looking for a way to get into the comedy store, so he got me an “internship” for Pauly. Pauly is the king of unpaid interns. I did that for a while, on top of a day job at National Lampoon until I eventually asked for a job at the Store.

Ari: What was it like being in front of such large audiences while you were trying to develop your comedy?

Sandy: It helped to be in front of large audiences, it was small audiences that were the real challenge. Although, when jokes don’t work in front of big audience, it’s that much more painful.

Ari: You have been on The Naughty Show, Mad TV, Fat Guy Nation, what has been your favorite or most rewarding project and why?

Sandy: Probably my stand up is the most rewarding because that has been all my own hard work and I’m just waiting to see where it gets me.

Ari: You make jokes about your appearances and laziness, are you actually lazy or do you work really hard to achieve the successes that you have?

Sandy: I enjoy laziness when I can, but there’s just no room for laziness if you want to be able to eat in Los Angeles.

Ari: Who are your biggest influences in comedy?

Sandy: Chris Farley, John Belushi, Andy Kaufman, Steven Wright, Norm Macdonald and Jeff Richards.

Ari: What are your goals for the next few years?

Sandy: For the next few years, I just want to keep developing my stand up and get enough work to support myself as I build a body of work I can be proud of. In the meantime, I hope to get work on TV and don’t mind if the work I can’t afford to turn down isn’t something of artistic integrity, but hopefully it is.

Ari: What advice would you give your 12 year old self?

Sandy: Learn what discipline is and never give a fuck what anyone thinks. Don’t smoke so much and read more.

Ari: Any other big passions besides comedy/acting?

Sandy: NBA basketball, food, massage therapy, pugs and choreographed dance.

You can find Sandy at,

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SandyDanto.com

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