Class Year: 2006
Major at MC: Political Science
Senior Thesis Topic: "I don't remember the title. It was on political poetry, which is barely a thing. Tom Conte was my advisor, and he was awesome because he let me do it."
Current Town/City of Residence: New York, NY/Knoxville, TN
Occupation: Stand-Up Comedian and Author
Family: Andi Morrow ’09, spouse (See Andi's Focus on Alumni)
How much traveling are you doing on tour?
Too much. I've been to about 35 states, and I don't know how many cities in the last year. I love it, and love seeing different places. But I do wish I had more time in each place and wasn't away from home ALL THE TIME.
Describe your career path since graduating from MC.
My career path has been meandering at best. I was a bum in Australia for 6 months after college, then I was a bum at Boston College Law School. Then I became a public defender – which is the professional accomplishment I'm most proud of - but I got burnt out and realized I probably wasn't cut out to be an attorney. Luckily for me, I'd already been pursuing comedy. Even luckier for me, I had gotten good at it. I moved to New York City and pursued it while doing what is called “document review” (basically temp legal work) to pay the bills for nearly three years. Then, things kinda came together.
How did you get into comedy?
I'd always wanted to try comedy, but I never made time. I got started when Andi signed me up for a stand-up competition in 2010.
Will this surprise your MC classmates, or were you always making them laugh?
I think some of my classmates would be very shocked, but a few of them probably saw this coming. I remember getting drunk in Beeson Village on the weekends and following beloved MC security guard Dean around with my guitar. I made up goofy songs about him and what he was doing while he was trying to wrangle underage kids. I don't think he appreciated me making fun of his awesome mustache, but the great thing about comedy is if you can make people laugh, you can get away with a lot. He never gave me too much grief.
How did you get teamed up with Trae Crowder and Corey Forrester?
We met doing comedy in Knoxville and Chattanooga.
What’s been your most exciting professional experience to date? And what has been your coolest gig?
I think the most excited I've been so far was when we got to work and hang out with the Drive By Truckers, a band I idolize. The most excited my momma has been was probably when we went on “The View.” The coolest gig for me was selling out Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. About five of my comedian friends I met when I first moved there came, and it was so cool to think about the empty shows and bad open mics we'd done together, and now I was at one of the best clubs in the world, and it was packed.
How did your MC experience prepare you for your vocation and/or life?
MC teaches a very “figure it out as you go” approach to life. I don't know if that is true of all liberal arts schools, but MC worked for me because of it.
What are your hobbies? What do you do for fun?
I get to tell jokes for a living, and that is a lot of fun. I also like being outdoors when I can – hiking, paddle boarding, canoeing – I like all of those things.
Since graduating from MC, what has made you most proud?
My work as a public defender, and volunteering.
Professionally or personally, what’s still on your “bucket list?”
Professionally - To make a comedy special and get our TV show made. To play Bonnaroo. To have a celebrity “beef.”
Personally – Eat scallops on every continent (I really want to travel).
Complete this sentence: I’m glad Maryville College still...
...seems to focus on service and volunteering.
Complete this sentence: My classmates may be surprised to learn...
that I got very fat for a few years. Actually that probably isn't surprising.