2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Jeremy Hellwig

We’re currently profiling the comics in the St. Louis scene. We’ll be covering a range of comics from seasoned pros, to open mic comics booking their first shows. Our goal is to give you a glimpse at who you can expect to see, no matter where you experience live comedy.

NAME

Jeremy Hellwig

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Website: https//www.jeremyhellwig.com/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/hellwigjeremy
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JeremyHellwig

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

7.5 Years

DESCRIBE YOUR MATERIAL/STYLE OF PERFORMING TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SEEN YOU

I like to over analyze things. I have some one liners but mostly it is extended bits about some stupid thing I’ve thought about way too much.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?

Just recently went on a trip to Memphis and Nashville. Performing in front of out of town audiences is always a great change of pace, and I also was able to make a lot of progress on new jokes. Made me excited to travel more and really put in the work to get my set more polished.

CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?

When I originally filled out this form, I said the biggest challenge was finding enough stage time to finish working on new bits. For the longest time, I would start working on an idea, then not be able to perform it frequently enough, and it would stop working or not progress enough to stay in my act. This was made even worse because I often had to spend an entire week writing and rehearsing for Fatal Bus Accident.

Well, soon after I submitted my answers, new open mics popped up on Tuesday and Thursday. Now there are viable options to get onstage any day during the week. I’m finally feeling like I have a rhythm with my writing process. Also, going on short tours every couple months has been great, and given me more long sets to work towards.

I guess the biggest challenge for me right now is figuring out how to get in at clubs out of town. I know how to find other comics and get on their independent shows, but most clubs are still a mystery. If I want to record an album next fall, I’m going to have to find more opportunities to do 30+ minute sets. I recently got to do six long sets over 3 days at Helium, and I felt like I made a month’s worth of progress over that short amount of time. I need to create more opportunities like that for myself.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

Next fall I’m recording a comedy album. Between now and then, I want to take all my bits apart and put them back together again. Really get my existing material to be the best it can be. And write probably 20 new minutes.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?

You have to ask for stuff. People that run cool shows and book clubs forget about everyone that isn’t asking them for spots.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

I have no idea but I’m drinking a Manhattan right now so let’s say that.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

It Follows. Move to another continent for a few months. See how long the monster takes to go halfway around the world. Then move to a new country every how often I would have to to stay ahead of it.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

December 6 at The Aquadome in Kirksville, MO
December 7 at The Bookhouse in Fairfield, IA

Sorry, Please Continue is a live storytelling podcast. People tell stories about a theme while 2 other comedians and I interrupt with jokes and questions.

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