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Friday
Jun182010

Inside With: Josh Gondelman

By: Brian Perry

Boston standup Josh Gondelman is a really nice guy.  This perception does not exist without ample justification.  Hosts a weekly open mic?  Check.  Improvises with the cast of ImprovBoston’s grandma-friendly Family Show?  Check.  Teaches pre-school as his day job?  Check.  The sooner you can accept the fact that Josh is nicer than you, the sooner we can move on to what’s important – Josh is a seriously funny guy.  I caught up with him prior to his hosting duties at Sally O'Brien's in Somerville in anticipation of a summer that finds him leaving the pre-schoolers behind for a few months on the road.

Tell me about the open mic we're at -- how'd you start hosting this?
This show is a real nice hangout for comics of all levels.  Everyone from people just starting out, to people who have been doing it for a long time and are working comics who are just trying out new stuff.  We get like 30 comics coming through a week who do a couple minutes each.  It's great - I try to cultivate a community vibe.  I inherited this show two years ago from Myq Kaplan after he went to New York.  And Myq took it over from Dan Hirshon who a year before that had moved.

You mentioned earlier to me that you're going to be on the road a this summer.  What do you have going on?  
It's crazy.  I was just at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival and now I'm off to Norfolk Nebraska for the Great American Comedy Festival.  I’m also doing Laugh Your Asheville Off, which is a silly name but an awesome festival.  In August I’m doing a bunch of clubs – I’ll be in the Twin Cities area, The Laughing Skull in Atlanta, and Cap City in Austin.
 
Is this much time on the road new for you?
This is new.  I did The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in March and ended up winning the whole thing, which was very exciting.  So this road comic career has been of born out of that.

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