Comedy Gold is Atlanta’s alternative to the stale comedy club setting, and with a low ticket price, patrons can afford to relax, enjoy a drink, and laugh with some of the best talent in the city. Since its inception in 2008, Comedy Gold has produced over 200 shows and featured eight comics that have had Comedy Central Presents specials and thirteen that have been on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. After nearly a year hiatus, Comedy Gold made it’s long awaited return last Friday night in the Basement of The Graveyard Tavern.
As always, the best comics Atlanta has on tap took the stage, but it was visiting headliner Jared Logan that took the time to sit down with us. Jared has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, TBS, and was a featured comic on collegehumor.com. He took home the award for Best Comedian at the Chicago Comedy Awards and won the Comedy Idol Competition in Detroit.
Ben for TBB: How did being made fun of as a child play a role in your comedic development?
Jared: I was a very expressive child. Obsessed with acting like people I saw on TV, mimicking them, being very expressive with my hands. I was just a spaz. I think that’s why I got picked on. But getting picked on helps, that’s adversity and I think someone needs to have adversity to be interesting or to have something to say.
Ben for TBB: Did you have pressure from your family when you told them you were going to be a comic?
Jared: I don’t think I ever came out to them that I was a comic. I always performed, even when I was in elementary school. I performed and performed and performed. My dad came to terms with it when I was in junior high. They don’t understand it and I don’t like for them to watch it, because they don’t totally get it. But they support it 100%.
Ben for TBB: You have a lot of coal miner’s in your family.
Jared: That’s true.
Ben for TBB: Are there any similarities between a successful coal miner and a successful comic?
Jared: That’s an interesting question. No…there aren’t. Hahaha. Coal mining is a very hard job and for a while it gave good benefits and stuff but it doesn’t anymore. And it’s just what people did in that area. It’s just a way to support your family but it kills the people that do it. They’ve added more and more safety regulations to it, which has made it so unprofitable that people can’t even make a living doing it anymore.
Ben for TBB: You were a theatre major. What does a theatre major teach you about stand up that nothing else could?
Jared: It got you on stage a lot. Before I did stand up, I had been on stage a bunch of times, so I didn’t have to learn a couple of things. When you’re acting in a play and talking to the other people on stage, you still have to be talking to the audience in a way that seems natural, not phony or made up. I also learned that it’s not about you, it’s about the show. Even though stand up is on its own, it’s still true. It’s not about you. You’re not the star, a-hole. Are the people having a good time? You’ll go far if that’s what you care about instead of how many laughs you got versus the other guy on the show.
Ben for TBB: You said one of the perks of doing comedy is that you get free beer. How many years does all of the free beer take off the average comic’s lifespan?
Jared: Oh my… Jesus Christ. I’m 32 right now. The last three years have been a very slow process of me trying to get my health together. Not every comic has this problem… some of them are smarter than me. I’ve always felt like I’m emotionally intelligent, I have good relationships with women, I’ve got a lot of friends, don’t have a lot of fights with people. I don’t go home and cry a lot. My big issues are that I overeat, smoke like a chimney, I do drugs and I drink. The last couple years have been a process of getting that under control…. because I don’t want to die.