Andy Hamilton recently inherited the monthly showcase, O’Fallon Out Loud from Shaun Arredondo and has been doing a great job making sure the show continues to live up to the standards for which it is known. He’s also the host of Parrot’s Open Mic, which takes place every Wednesday at Parrot’s Bar and Grill in St. Peters.
Your art form of choice?
Stand up comedy
How long have you been performing?
Next month will mark my second year.
Who are your biggest comedy influences?
I have a lot of them, but Greg Giraldo was a big one! Also Patrice O’Neal, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, and Jay Leno….I grew up watching The Tonight Show.
Tell us about your worst on stage experience.
Worst experience was my first ever Funny Bone Competition in May 2015. There were at least 100 people there, which was the biggest crowd I’d been in front of at the time.
I was the first comedian to go up, which is never easy. I was super nervous, and looking back, my material wasn’t really that good, mostly due to inexperience. The perfect storm for a horrible set. I BOMBED! I took it really hard and briefly thought about quitting. But after a few weeks away from the stage, I hit the reset button and came back more determined. To put a positive spin on it, it was a great learning experience.
What’s your best on stage experience?
I got to open for Nick Vatterott this past March at O’Fallon Out Loud in O’Fallon, MO. It’s a smaller room, but it was packed and I had a really good set. I could hear Nick laughing at a few of my jokes from the back, which of course made me feel good. What added to the experience was after the show, Nick stuck around and told some stories about different shows he’s done and places he’s been. It’s not often a headliner will take time to share those stories with strangers, so I thought that was pretty cool.
What do you like best about St. Louis’s Comedy Scene?
From a personal standpoint, I like how most other comics who are more seasoned will take time to help up and coming comics get better. I feel like you wouldn’t get that in a city like New York or LA. I’ve had a lot of comics give me advice/show me the ropes and wouldn’t be where I am today without a helping hand.
You have 30 seconds to convince someone that live comedy is better than staying home and watching Netflix. What do you say?
There’s nothing on Netflix that can replace the feeling you get at a live comedy show! Trust me, it’s the same old shit that you can watch any day of the week. Grab a friend, try something new and check out a live comedy show. You’ll be glad you did!
Rate the following based on how well you’d do in a fight against them. Candyman, Freddy Krueger, The Girl From The Ring, Chucky
I had to look up who Candyman is.
In ascending order. Chucky. I’ll just remove the batteries. Then Candyman. It’s a tossup between Krueger and The Ring Girl.
What’s for dinner?
Fuzzy’s Tacos of course…it’s Tuesday.
Plug something. It’s why we do this.
I’ll plug 2 things: I host a monthly showcase called O’Fallon Out Loud at Rendezvous Cafe (O’Fallon, MO). The next one is Saturday August 20th and I’m very excited about the lineup. You can purchase tix by calling the cafe. Also I host a weekly Open Mic at Parrot’s Bar & Grill in St. Peters, MO. Its a great way to take a break during the week and have a few drinks!