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Interview with Rich Vos of Last Comic Standing


How did you come by the nickname “the Don”?

I got it in Season One. Cory (Kahaney) gave it to me because of my rough & tough demeanor. Well, maybe it was more because I was the most experienced comic. You know, the vet. I’ve been on the scene the longest.

What would you like your fans to know about you that they may not get to see from watching Last Comic Standing?

That I am a great father. My daughters are 14 and 12. I’d do anything for them. I even moved into a house 2 miles away from my ex- and her new husband just so I could be close to them. I love my kids.

Would you advise your children to become entertainers? Why or why not?

I would rather they be homeless. (Just kidding, folks!) I just want them to do whatever it is that’ll make ‘em happy. They’re happy now and I want them to stay happy. That’s my dream for them.

Not many people know this, but you are a trailblazer. Isn’t it true that you were the first Caucasian performer on Def Comedy Jam? How did you get that gig? Tell me what the experience was like.

Yeah, and I was the first white person on the show too (ha, ha!). I was chosen to be on what I thought was the last season. It was great. They went on to have another season and invited two more white comics to perform. I opened the door for them. I’m like the Jackie Robinson for ‘white people.’

You know, I grew up in an all black neighborhood in New Jersey. There’s not white or black comedy. What’s funny is funny.

You’ve also been featured on The View. I don’t picture you as the View-type. What was that whole experience like?

I’ve actually done The View twice. The first time was the day after Barbara Walters interviewed Monica Lewinsky. It was like the show’s highest rating ever because everyone wanted to see what she’d say about it. It’s a pretty similar audience to The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which I also had been on.

You’ve been a regular on Tough Crowd w/Colin Quinn. How do you like being on that show?

It’s just one of my favorites. I love doing it. My best friends are on the show. You can do more jokes and handle more ‘material’. You can get away with more stuff than on other shows. I like the format of the show. Besides, I think Colin is a perfect host for that show. He’s smart and I just think we all have great chemistry together.

Also, I like doing the show because it’s like a 15-minute drive from my house.

How did you become a comedian? Was it something you always wanted to do?

I always sort of wanted to be a comedian. I did it because I failed at everything else.

Who do you feel your biggest competition is on the show and why?

I really don’t look at it as a competition. Certain people are funnier than others. But, the show isn’t about who’s funny so much as it is about popularity. I mean, there’s some funny comics on that show. Dave (Mordal) is hilarious and likable. Gary’s funny.

It’s hard to relate to everybody on a given night. When it comes down to it, the public just takes this stuff way too seriously.

How do you feel about the outcome of Season 1? Many people felt you should have gone farther than you did. Do you?

What are ya gonna do? I got some camera time. It was like being on my own sitcom without a script. I got to show that I’m a real person with a real personality. It was great for my career. After the show ended, I toured with Dave (Mordal) and Cory (Kahaney) for 8 months. The outcome was the outcome.

How is your club act different from the stuff you do on Last Comic Standing? What can someone expect if they were to come to one of your live performances?

I guess it depends on the venue. For example, if I’m in a casino, I try to do some gambling material. If I’m working a late night crowd, which tends to be younger and edgier, I can get dirtier and bring out my blue material. An earlier crowd or a private party will get different stuff too. It’s all about the audience and knowing how to read ‘em.

Why should America vote for you as the Last Comic Standing?

I’m not saying that America should vote for me. If you think I’m funny, vote for me. If you don’t, vote for someone else. Just watch the show with an open mind and remember that it’s just a show. And that our material is restricted because it’s primetime network TV.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

Yeah! My DVD is finally available. It’s called ”Vos”. People can order it at:

http://www.richvos.com/products.htm

There you have it, folks. My interview with “the Don” himself. Watch LCS on Tuesday and vote for who you think is the funniest. You can catch Rich there, of course and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. If you want to get the latest info about tour dates or any other stuff ‘bout Vos, check out his web site @ http://www.richvos.com

If you have questions or want to talk with me about this interview or my recaps or whatever…just send me an email at panndyra@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you.


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