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Published on May 22nd, 2013 | by UntoXicated

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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.

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4 Responses to Benel Germosen – Straight Edge Stand Up Comedian

  1. Wait, Don’t Laugh By Benel Germosen

    “You should really be in charge of this” said my stoned friend as we sat on the couch and watched four adults try to order a pizza. Those four adults, comedians all, were either drunk, high, or both, which made the process of ordering a pizza absurdly difficult.

    Now, what I said at the time was something like “Nah, I’d stuff it up somehow”, which isn’t a lie — I’m notorious bad at getting orders right, or even working from a list. One time, my mother gave me a twenty, told me to buy two dollars worth of cheese and bring her back the change. I brought her two pounds of cheese and brought her back two dollars worth of change. What I’m saying is I’m not good at getting stuff if money is involved — but it wasn’t the whole truth.

    The truth is this; I’m straight edge, not a babysitter.

  2. Wait, Don’t Laugh By Benel Germosen

    If comedy in New York had a smell, it would be either $3 tecate or $2 PBRs. Whether at one of the hundred of bar-shows that take place throughout the city or in legendary venues like The Comedy Cellar, Carolines or The Comic Strips, audiences are usually laughing with drinks in their hands.

    For many comedians, getting drunk or high before or after the show is part of the comedian experience. While there are outliers, for the most part, comedy seems to come with a two-drink minimum.

  3. Wait, Don’t Laugh By Benel Germosen

    I think what makes my comedy different (if I can even say something like that after a year. I can’t even tell you what a joke is at this point), isn’t the fact that I’m straight edge. It’s my general worldview. A lot of comedy is about reliability, finding common ground with an audience via the ridiculous, the absurd, illogical patterns of life.

    My comedy isn’t really reliable to everyone. In my comedy, I try to make the audience see the world from my point of view. I try to draw the audience into my head and try make them laugh at the way I see things. That means I have to be vulnerable and straightforward with people in a way that they’re not used to. I have to reveal a lot of myself, a lot of really sad shit, to turn around and go “Yeah, but this is why that’s funny.” It makes people uncomfortable because the truth generally does.

    I have a reputation of being a “sad comic” or people say that my comedy is “depressing” or that I’m not “funny” (to be honest, that last one is true), but I like to think that I’m only as sad until the end of the joke. When the smoke clears, I’m still standing, blinking, taking in the pain and turning it into joy. I’m not funny because I’m straight edge, but I’m straight edge in the same way that I’m a comedian. They’re both aspect of my life that reflects the person who I am. They’re choices I made that are extension of me, much more than something I do or represent. They are parts of me, unretractable parts of my being.

    They’re my sobriety and my dick-jokes.

  4. Wait, Don’t Laugh By Benel Germosen

    “You’re still young” is the same thing as saying “You’re not old enough. I still get “you’re still young” at 25 in the exact same voice I got it when I was 15, in the same way that I got it when I was 20.

    “You’re still young.” It’s a nice way of saying “You haven’t been around long enough to matter.”

    In COMEDIAN, Jerry Seinfeld makes the comparison to the amount of time you’ve been doing stand-up comedy to you’re age. If you’ve been doing it a year, you’re a one year old, still shitting in your diaper more often than not and crying for attention. If you’ve been doing it ten years, you’re ten years old. You can reason, you can talk, you might even have insight, but you’re nowhere near mature enough to really comprehend the world yet. If you’ve been doing it 25 years, guess what? You’re a twenty year old. You can smoke, rent a car, drink, vote, go through a painful divorce and not be allowed to see your kid again. You’re a person in every way that it counts, except for people who are older than you. To people who are older than you…“you’re still young”.

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