Max Goldberg sits down with TNGG’s Geoff Brownell for a 3 1 With to talk about how stand-up has changed, why being a comic is a business, and DIY laughter.
Full transcript below:
Geoff Brownell: Today we have Max Goldberg, professional comedian, entrepreneur, and Emerson graduate. Max, welcome.
Max Goldberg: Hello! It’s great to be here!
Geoff: So let me ask you a few questions. What’s it like to be a professional stand-up in L.A.? I mean, how would you say this gig is different than like 10 or 20 years ago?
Max: Oh those are two great questions. Well, being a stand-up in L.A… It’s interesting because I’m almost more of a professional stand-up out of L.A. I’ll go and tour around the country, mostly playing colleges, some clubs, but colleges and universities a lot. And when I’m in L.A. I kind of use it as a home base culturally because there’s a lot of great media resources here and a lot of great people, so I’m technically a professional comic when I’m out of L.A., which is most of the year – I tour most months out of the year.
And I guess it’s different than how it was like 20 years ago… well 20 years ago was the end of the 80s/beginning of the 90s, so that was like (especially in Boston) this incredible boom in the comedy scene where culturally speaking, audiences were like, “Hey, fuck disco!” and then from that moved to, “Oh, stand-up comedy! That’s a great way to go out!” So comedy clubs were springing up left and right – the equivalent to dance clubs. And over the next 20 years, stand-up comedy died, stand-up comedy turned into everybody getting sitcoms, stand-up comedy became alternative then independent, and now it’s sort of this delightful blend of sort of DIY “Just make comedy where you want comedy” (it’s not about the venue), combined with how fruitful communication tools like the internet can be to your career, so you don’t even need the clubs. So that’s probably the biggest difference. I hope that answers your question.
Geoff: No it totally does. I mean it speaks also to your entrepreneurial side, and we know that that’s how you started this out, as like an entrepreneurial venture. Well why don’t we end this with a bit of self-promotion and why don’t you tell people where they can find out more about you?
Max: Definitely! I have a really big tour coming up this September. I’m playing mostly in the southwest of the U.S. I’m doing a whole bunch of colleges over the course of a few weeks. You can find out more about that at my website MaxGoldbergOnline.com and you can go there, jump on the mailing list, follow me on Facebook and Twitter, or check me out on Youtube. It’s weird listing all the things but I really do legitimately offer different things on all of those platforms. So, MaxGoldbergOnline.com and it was really good talking to you guys.
Geoff: Thanks so much, Max!