Grant Redmond performs many times at the Dallas Comedy Festival. You have literally no excuse to miss him. The other day, Grant took the time to talk with us the other day about his comedy origins, his philosophies on life, and his thoughts on fictional Michael Bay films. How did you get started in comedy?
I was in a writing group with Christian Hughes (my now roommate and fellow local comic) in high school. We would write and perform sketches for the entire school every Friday. After we graduated, I had no real creative outlet aside from writing competitions at the worthless college I was attending. A friend of mine, who was also in my high school writing group, posted a video of him doing an open mic in Austin, TX. I had no idea that just anyone could try stand-up. Google informed me of an open mic at the now deceased Hyena’s in Arlington. So, I stayed up all night and wrote 5 horrendous minutes of “material”. You can imagine how it went. People were nice, but I was no George Carlin. Shit, I didn’t even know who Carlin was. Open mics became something I would do whenever I was in town from college. Not very often, but it kept me interested. Years went by and suddenly I decided that college wasn’t as important to me as stand-up was. This coming August will mark the two year mark since I moved back to DFW and really hit the stage hard. I’ve found a group of like-minded comedian friends and a club that feels like home. The aptly named Dallas Comedy House.
Who were your influences growing up, and who influences you now? Whose work excites you?
The first comedy album that I ever listened to was Mitch Hedberg: Mitch All Together. I wouldn’t say that my material was influenced by him, but he is definitely the reason I started listening to stand-up. I’d say I’m most influenced now by Louis CK. In the sense that I talk a lot about myself and all my physical and social deformities, I can clearly see where he has guided what I like to talk about.
As far as whose work excites me, no one can beat Rory Scovel. Every time I see him, he is doing something different. Rory is very “in the moment”. He can riff unlike any stand-up I’ve seen in person. Amanda Austin was nice enough to ask me to host both of his shows during The Dallas Comedy Festival this year, marking the happiest moment in my short stand-up “career”.
What makes festivals special?
Festivals are special because it isn’t just a show. It’s a week of comedy. That rush that we get right before a show starts gets to last all week long. Whether it be before I am on stage, or about to watch a show that I’m excited for.
What is your philosophy of life?
People love to say that life is short. Well, it’s not. It’s long. It’s stupid how long life is. I’m 25 right now and I feel like I’ve been here forever. But, why not fill that time doing something that you love? I’ve never understood people who just settle for anything. Your job, your significant other. That is so much time that you have to spend doing (ha) both of those things. Don’t settle. Chase! I don’t know much. But I do know that I’m not going to turn 50 wondering about the “what ifs” of life. I’m going to reflect on the “I did”.
If your act was a Michael Bay action movie, what would be the name and plot of the movie?
At the moment, it would be called “Untitled Michael Bay Project” because I’m still early in my development. I’ve got a general idea, but also have a lot of tuning to do. Thus far, the plot would be a lot of clips of me deleting my Google search history.