St. Louis Comedy Profile: Jeremy Hellwig

St. Louis Stand Up Comedy Jeremy Hellwig
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Jeremy Hellwig is a stand up comedian with a habit of starting non-stand up shows. He’s the co-host, along with Kenny Kinds, of Sorry, Please Continue, a story telling show, and he’s part of the collaborative team behind Fatal Bus Accident, a talk show. His next project is probably some type of court room reality show. Who knows?

Jeremy gets bonus points for answering most of our questions twice. Also, note how he works in either plugs for his projects, or his partners on those projects, into his answers. That’s marketing.

Your Name
Jeremy Hellwig

How long have you been performing stand up?
Almost five years.

Who are your biggest comedy influences?
Probably Mr Show. I’m not sure I’d be doing comedy if it wasn’t for Mr Show. As far as stand up, I’m probably most influenced by local comics that I see all the time. Ben Johnson and Kenny Kinds definitely. Also probably Stryker Spurlock and Amy Milton. There’s plenty of famous comics I enjoy/admire/respect, but I don’t think I’m all that “influenced” by stand up. I get way more influence from writers I like on the internet, like Jon Bois, Mallory Ortberg, Drew Magary, and various articles on Clickhole and Reductress.

Describe your worst experience on stage.
Any shitty open mic where I’m tired of my jokes and haven’t had a good set in a while. Or, the time I was at a shitty open mic and the host of the mic got onstage and poured a shot of tequila into a woman’s mouth from the stage WHILE I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A JOKE.

That was almost 5 years ago and the guy hasn’t overcome that first impression. He’s an asshole.

What’s your best on stage experience?
Fatal Bus Accident (last Wednesday of every month at the Heavy Anchor at 9). The whole time I’m onstage feels so damn good. That’s probably because each show is the culmination of hard work writing and rehearsing with the best comics I know.

My other answer would be any time I am riffing on a new premise and I surprise myself and make myself laugh along with the audience. That only ever happens a couple times a year but it is the best.

What’s your favorite thing about the St. Louis comedy scene?
We’ve got a decent amount of really funny people for a scene this size. Also, I meet comics from bigger scenes at festivals that have been doing it as long as me, and I don’t feel like I’m falling behind at all despite staying in my hometown. That has everything to do with the amount of funny, ambitious people here pushing each other to get better.

Is there anything you’d like to say to the people sitting in the coffee house where I’m typing up this list of questions?
Please let me know how you got this question. I love time travel stuff and would like to know how it actually works.

Rank in order of coolness: Pirate, Ninja, Zombie, Robot
Robot, Pirate, Ninja/Zombie (Tie)

Cake or Pie?
I gave two answers to all the other questions, so I guess I laid the groundwork to say both?

Plug something. It’s why we do this.
Listen to my podcast! It’s called Sorry, Please Continue. It’s people telling stories while comedians interrupt with questions and jokes. You can see it live too, but I’m not sure on the next date.

Also come to Fatal Bus Accident! It’s a talk show/sketch show/ whatever else and I’m one of the hosts and there’s comedy and music and interviews and I’m terrible at describing it without rambling but it’s great. July 27th.