We’re spending the next month or so 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.
Aaron Porter is one of the newest comics we’ve sent a profile to this year. Still in his first year of performing, Aaron has become a regular on the independent scene and recently hosted his first weekend at The Funny Bone.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?
DESCRIBE YOUR MATERIAL/STYLE OF PERFORMING TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SEEN YOU
I try to bring a light hearted perspective to my material when I’m on stage. Whether it’s a an awkward social interaction or some weird experience I had growing up, I try to find a smart way to share that feeling with the audience while still remaining upbeat and honest.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?
I recently had the opportunity to perform on a show where I was doing more time than I had ever done before. It turned out to be a really exciting catalyst for writing jokes. I had my nose in my notebook for what felt like two straight weeks and I think the additional pressure produced some of my favorite new bits. I loved having to work extra hard to make sure that I was filling the time with solid, tested material.
CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?
Right now I think my biggest challenge is being honest with myself about what jokes aren’t working well enough to justify keeping them. “Killing your darlings” is always a struggle but there’s something more difficult about killing a darling that constantly gets a chuckle but never really gets that big “pop” that you’re looking for.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
I would say “more stage time”. I’d like to be consistently getting on stage 50% more times a week than I am now. That and obviously “write WAY more”.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?
“Take it seriously up until the moment you get on stage.” Technically I stole this from Gary Gulman but I could have used that advice when I started.
IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Probably a cold-brew coffee. Just the right mixture of “sweet” and “bitter”.
PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?
Man, if I had been Glenn Howerton in The Strangers, I would have definitely survived. Just be more vocal! Instead of just creepily walking around your friend’s house, maybe politely yell “Hello” before you walk around the corner and get shot in the face. Now it’s a 3-on-3 fight and you guys can just hunker down in the bedroom, sleep in shifts, and wait for the masked losers to come and find you. Sadistic killers: 0. Couple with commitment issues: 1.
Check back tomorrow as we continue to highlight the area’s working comics.