Mic Moments: Tyler Elliott

Tyler Elliott might be a dog whisperer but he’s also definitely a gifted stand-up comedian. His dark humor and dry wit are a delight on stage. Along with performing in various venues around Texas, you can catch him headline (which means he’ll be talking the most) at this Friday Night Stand Up show at Dallas Comedy House at 10PM!

 Tyler thinking about  Shawshank Redemption . Probably.

Tyler thinking about Shawshank Redemption. Probably.

Danielle: First off, where are you from?

Tyler: Originally from Oklahoma. I’ve lived in Texas for 10 years but born and raised in Oklahoma.

Danielle: And how long have you been doing stand-up?

Tyler: It’ll be seven years in August. August 24, 2011.

Danielle: Is that the real date?

Tyler: Yeah, it was me and Brandon Davidson. So Brandon drove [to Hyena’s Mockingbird] and we sat through everyone’s set. Which if you’re starting out, you don’t have to be in the room the entire time. That’s the number one tip I tell people starting out. We ended up going on at like 2:30 in the morning and thought, “That was horrible but I’ve got to do that again.” We would come up maybe once a month to do an open mic. We did the old DCH mic [where] Landon was the host. That was the second open mic that I did.

Danielle: Why’d you start doing stand-up?

Tyler: I always loved stand-up. I’d record it on VHS, like Comedy Central Presents. I remember Zach Galifianakis had one and Jim Gaffigan and Louis CK, like all these people. I always loved stand-up but I didn’t know that you could do it. It never crossed my mind that you could try it. I started stand-up when I was 30, which I’m glad. If I started when I was 18 or 20, it wouldn’t have been very good. It’s not good now but it would have been even worse then.

Danielle: So what’s your type of humor now?

Tyler: Still dark and all over the place. I have a lot of stories and a lot of quick things. I have a topic and it branches off. Some people in East Texas say, “Oh he’s dirty,” but no, I don’t even cuss. They confuse darkness with…

Danielle: You talk about murder a lot?

Tyler: No, but I talk about death a lot. Talk about family stuff and having a kid.

Danielle: What’s your process when it comes to writing?

Tyler: I have a Google doc and I try to open one every month.

Danielle: When do you think of something?

Tyler: Just whenever. If I see something weird, I’m like, why is that weird to me? And would that be weird to anyone else? Observational… well, not observational. I don’t talk about Hot Pockets or anything.

Danielle: Do you have a memorable moment over the past seven years from an open mic or show that you’d like to share?

Tyler: Twice dogs have come on stage.

Danielle: Okay.

Tyler: Like we did a variety show in Tyler and it was two stand-ups, poetry, a belly dancer and then hipsters would bring their dogs in and they come onstage. It’s better if you just pet them and talk. I was hosting at a Hyena’s in Fort Worth last year during Cinco de Mayo and the fire alarm went off in the theater upstairs and someone pulled the fire alarm so it beeped and it had that robot [saying] “please exit.” So the manager wasn’t telling me to get of stage or anything so I had to wait for the [alarm] guy to be like, “please exit in a calm and orderly fashion.” and then I would do a little bit more [material.] Like that happened for eight or nine minutes, a lifetime, and then we finally evacuated the building.

Danielle: That’s insanity… So I ask everyone what’s your favorite movie?

Tyler: Probably Fletch with Chevy Chase.

Danielle: I’ve never seen that actually.

Tyler: It’s very good. It’s very quotable.

Danielle: What’s your favorite quote from Fletch?

Tyler: I don’t know. There’s too many.

Danielle: You’ve never seen it.

Tyler: Oh, let me start over. Shawshank Redemption. There’s a standard white guy answer.

Danielle: Lastly, what can the crowd look forward to for your show on Friday?

Tyler: Some very talented comedians, and then me... The people before me will do a little bit of talking but I’ll do the most talking, and the [audience] can expect that. And I’m going to do a magic trick. Yeah there’s a magic portion of it. So if you want to see that, I guess come to the show.

Comedian [Tyler Elliott] hopes you come to the show on Friday night.

Danielle Seright is a graduate of The Dallas Comedy House training program, including improv, stand-up and sketch. You can catch her hosting the DCH Improv Jam, running tech for DCH shows, performing with improv troupe All In and doing stand-up around DFW.