A Bay Area family man whose children not only became the love of his life but also gave him the hilarious ability to be great at what he loves. As part of We Own The Laughs.com’s Comedian of the Day, have a few laughs and get to know comedian Colin Casados. The Hayward,CA native shares with us some of his favorite moments in stand-up comedy and lets us know how he owns the laughs.
Name: Colin Casados
Hometown: Hayward, CA
Years in Comedy: 3
Haven’t we seen you somewhere before: Nothing Yet
Comedic Influences: Dave Chappelle & Tom Segura
Favorite Comedy Album: Eddie Murphy “Raw”
Favorite Comedy Special: Dave Chappelle “Killin’ Them Softly”
Favorite Comedy Movie: Harlem Nights
Favorite Comedy TV Show: Master of None
Favorite Comedic Character: Quick from Harlem Nights
Favorite City to Perform In: Pleasanton, CA
Favorite Topics to Joke About: My children’s antics
Favorite Type of Audience for a Comedy Show: Literally anyone that wants to hear what I have to say.
Favorite Comedy Club: Tommy T’s is my home club.
How did you discover your passion for comedy:
Riding in my uncle’s 1990 Toyota pickup. He popped in a cassette of Eddie Murphy’s “Raw” and I was HOOKED!
What do you remember most about your first time performing stand-up comedy:
I BOMBED!!! So incredibly bad, but I did get a few laughs, and I remember those laughs feeling better than anything I’ve ever experienced before.
How would you describe your comedic style:
Slow Boil, Storytelling, & Ruthless if engaged by someone who isn’t supposed to be talking (Laughs).
Describe your process for comedic writing:
I literally have my “notes” app on my phone open ALL DAY lol, I wrote down anything that draws any type of emotion out of me (not just funny), I will sit down when I first get home from work every day and try to turn them into something funny.
Describe the comedy scene in your area:
BOOMING. It’s awesome! The Bay Area is full of KILLERS right now.
How do you judge success in the world of comedy:
Success is relative to your individual expectations. For me, success means being home with my children during the week, having the freedom to take them to school/pick them up, and make my own schedule.
Who are some of your comedic peers that you enjoy watching perform or inspire you personally and professionally:
Jerry Law (Oakland Ca) is my big brother and such an inspiration to me. Jamar Pitts (San Francisco) is one of my best friends/podcast cohosts and is going to be a MONSTER very soon! Kazeem Rahman (Texas/Los Angeles) is another great friend that I can always count on for great advice and is a very very talented comedian and podcast host.
What’s been your most memorable moment in comedy:
Meeting John Witherspoon. He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.
What have you learned most from your failures in comedy:
To put in the work (behind the scenes) more! If I want this to be my career, I need to treat it as such.
How do people react towards you when they realize that you can make people laugh:
Ummmm. Hmmmm. People generally like me (Laughs). I don’t know this question makes me uncomfortable.
Describe what it’s been like building a career in stand-up comedy:
It’s been the greatest ride so far and I’m only beginning.
If you could change one thing in the world of comedy, what would it be:
Less creepy people wanting something for something. Just be solid and kind.
Best advice you’ve ever received from a comedian:
“Just have fun.” -John Witherspoon
If you were releasing a comedy special this week, what would it be called:
Barbara’s Boy, but shhh. She doesn’t know yet.
Funniest encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity:
I was working security at a club, we were all closed up, a drunk guy refused to leave and got angry when I told him he had to. He started threatening to beat me up, I slowly removed my hat and hoodie, told the other security guards to let him go and that I hadn’t “beat up a fat dude in a minute” I didn’t know that DeRay Davis was standing behind me until after. He started dying and said, “I haven’t beat up a fat dude in a minute!?!?”
Weirdest place you’ve ever performed any form of comedy:
An Italian restaurant’s parking lot during the pandemic. I ate shit. (Laughs)
A Colin Casados Fun Fact:
I am genuinely TERRIFIED right before getting on stage. You can usually catch me jumping or shadow boxing but I’m so scared. It all goes away when I hit that stage. That’s my home.
Where would you like your laughs to take you:
I would love to have a special on some platform but would be COMPLETELY satisfied if I just get to a level where I can take my kids to school/pick them up from school Mon-Fri and work on the weekends.
What would you tell a potential comedian if they ask you how they can own the laughs:
Get on stage, in front of actual audiences, as often as possible! Don’t worry about the laughs you DON’T get at open mics lol. Half of those “comedians” won’t ever be more than open mic haters. (Laughs)
What are your thoughts on the future of comedy:
It’s looking very good. We just need to have each other’s backs and especially our right to speak our minds in the name of humor.
If you could write one episode for one classic TV sitcom which show would it be and give a brief detailed sentence on the episode:
The Brady Bunch. It would show the kids talking shit to the other parent about how they’re not their real mom/dad.
If you could choose 1 comedy club and 3 comedians to perform with on your perfect comedy show, how would it go:
Tommy T’s. Dave Chappelle, Tom Segura, & Ali Siddiq..
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