Published on May 22nd, 2013 | by UntoXicated4
Benel Germosen – Straight Edge Stand Up Comedian
Benel Germosen is a hard working comedian and writer from New York.
Passionate about comedy and all things nerd-like, Benel shares his thoughts on what it’s like to live Straight Edge.
Benel, what do you do in your everyday life – what’s your livelihood?
Currently, I’m working a day job cleaning up after people in a restaurant. But when I’m not doing that, I’m exclusively working on comedy. I perform at least 4 times a night all across the city in tiny little bar-shows and open mics. It’s not glamorous or even really that cool, but it’s what I love to do.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about writing jokes. Doing stand-up every night makes you realize that you have no idea what an actual joke is. It looks easy, but making people laugh at a consistent basis night after night is hard work. I’ve been spending the last year and a half learning how to be funny on stage in front of strangers. It’s thrilling to go out every night and discover something new about what it is to be a comedian. Currently, that’s where the bulk of my passion resides. I’m also passionate about nerdy things. I’m a big Dungeons and Dragons fans. I love comic books and Magic The Gathering. I’m very excited to
go to New York Comic Con this year and hit up the smaller gaming conventions next year.
How long have you been drug, tobacco and alcohol free?
I’ve been drug and tobacco-free for 25 years. I had one drink when I was 18 and didn’t like it. I’ve decided to become straight edge at 21, so I’ve been straight edge for four years.