Some comedians dream of being on stage from as young as five years old. Earl Elliot is definitely not one of those people.
“I’m not really sure why I tried comedy; I must have been out of my mind,” he says. “I didn’t even really want to do it, but my friends talked enough shit to me that I finally decided to give it a shot.”
While he may not have had an interest in comedy at first, he discovered that he had a natural ability and soon became a regular on open mics all over the area.
“I’ll do comedy at a bus stop if there are people there. I honestly don’t care where I’m at or how many people are there. I just like doing it.”
Now just over two years into his career, Elliot is a regular emcee for Acme Comedy Co., opening for some of comedy’s biggest names. This past year, he managed to get some serious buzz, and was asked to audition for the new season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
Though some comics would see this as the next great step in their careers, Elliot admits that the experience showed him that the club scene is where he prefers for now.
“A lot of people want to get out of the clubs and get on to the next big thing, but I’m happy at the clubs,” he says. “Auditioning for Last Comic Standing was weird. I didn’t like having to practice my set over and over, making sure it’s clean and that I don’t use any brand names or anything like that. Then when I got back to the clubs, it was like this sigh of relief. I could do or say anything I wanted to.”
This year is likely to see Elliot branch out on to the road, while continuing to move up the comedy ladder locally. Still, his goals for 2015 don’t necessarily include fame and fortune, but a much more reasonable hope.
“I’d love to quit my day job at this time next year.”
“Home Club” – Acme Comedy Co.
“I never thought I’d get to be a working house comic at Acme, but they’ve given me a lot of opportunity. Plus they pay me so I’d say they’re my home club.”
Where You Can See Him Next
January 27–31 at Acme Comedy Co.; Acme Open Mic every Monday.