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Interview with Dave Mordal of Last Comic Standing


Dave, thanks for agreeing to this interview. I appreciate your taking time out of your hectic touring and television schedule to “talk” with me.

I’ve been trying to do some research on you to prepare for this interview. I have to say, you are a hard man to find information on. For an entertainer you’re awfully ‘private’. Would you like to discuss that a little bit?

Just like my privacy.

You grew up in Minnesota and, from my understanding, still live there. What’s Minnesota like and how come you
Choose to remain there instead of heading out to Los Angeles or New York?

Minnesota is a very quiet state, and that’s why I like it here.

I’m not a fan of lots of people living in the same area so I’d never live in New York or LA.

How did your background as a Marine prepare you for your career in standup comedy? What made you decide to become a comic?

The marines didn’t prepare me much since I was already 25 years old when I went in. As far as comedy, I just started at an open mic and it went well enough that I could quit my day job.

In Season One, a lot of time was devoted to the special friendship that you and Rich Vos share. How long have you been friends? Tell me a bit more about the dynamic between you and Vos.

I met him on the set of Last Comic Standing and we laugh at the same things.

If someone saw you on Last Comic Standing and decided to check out your show, would they be surprised by the difference in your act? In what ways is it different? What can people expect if they attend a Dave Mordal showcase?

I’m a dirty comic in person. Don’t bring your kids.

From what I’ve seen and read about you (which doesn’t make me an expert by any means), it seems that you are very outspoken. So, I wonder, which contemporary comics do you like the best?

I like George carlin.

In what ways has Last Comic Standing helped your career, if any?

It helped immensely. Now, I get more money and more club dates.

Were you terribly disappointed with the outcome of Season One? Season Two? Why or why not?

I wasn’t disappointed at all. Me losing made good TV. I didn’t watch season two

What made you decide to do the first season? Why did you return for the Best of the Best Challenge?

Money.

Are there any Dave Mordal CDs or videos that my readers can buy in case they want to ‘take a piece of Dave home with them’? Where can they get them?

No CD’s.

Dave, I was dared to ask this question, and well, I have yet to turn down a dare. You’re not exactly an image comic. Who does your hair? Your clothing?

Anyone who’s near by.

What sorts of advice would you give to aspiring comics out there?

My advice is – don’t take advice from other comics.

Is there anything else you’d like to cover for my readers that I may have missed?

No. That ‘bout covers it.

Check Dave out on Last Comic Standing 3, Tuesdays @ 8pm EST/7pm CST on NBC. For tour dates, check out his web site: http://www.davemordal.com.

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