A wild card who is living out a dream that very few can imagine, this comedian is currently touring with comedy legend Adam Carolla and is set to release a new comedy album in early 2024. As part of We Own The Laughs.com’s Comedian of the Day, have a few laughs and get to know comedian Rudy Pavich. The Minneapolis, MN native shares some of his favorite moments in stand-up comedy and lets us know how he always owns the laughs.
Name: Rudy Pavich
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Years in Comedy: 15
Haven’t we seen you somewhere before: The Adam Carolla Show & Amazon Prime
Comedic Influences: Bill Burr, Adam Ray, & Louie Anderson….. so many to choose from.
Favorite Comedy Album: Dave Attell “Skanks for the Memories”
Favorite Comedy Special: Brian Reagan at Red Rocks
Favorite Comedy Movie: Slap Shot
Favorite Comedy TV Show: Dave
Favorite Comedic Character: Randall from “Clerks”
Favorite City to Perform In: Gimme Napa, CA. Why….. I dunno. I always do well there for some reason!
Favorite Topics to Joke About: My Daughter
Favorite Type of Audience for a Comedy Show: Small Midwesterners 40+. They’re not offended by anything!
Favorite Comedy Club: Toss up between ACME, Skyline and Portland Helium.
How did you discover your passion for comedy:
5th grade, I won the talent show by stealing a set from a guy off Evening at the Improv.
What do you remember most about your first time performing stand-up comedy:
Nothing. As a defense mechanism, my mind erases traumatic experiences.
How would you describe your comedic style:
Bookers say things like “energetic” or “ball of energy” blah, blah, blah….. it’s fast paced set up/punchline.
Describe your process for comedic writing:
Telling myself to write every day and being self-angered that I never actually do! (Kidding…. I write every day. You should too).
Describe the comedy scene in your area:
Young. The Twin Cities doesn’t have a lot of comics over the age of 33. That’s why I have to travel. No one wants these old balls on their shows.
How do you judge success in the world of comedy:
Not having to go back to your day job. You’ve made it. Also, private jets.
Who are some of your comedic peers that you enjoy watching perform or inspire you personally and professionally:
I’ll never miss Godfrey, Kevin Bozeman or Stef Tolev. All three just make me wanna start over.
What’s been your most memorable moment in comedy:
Winning an award for best comedic short from Louie Anderson. It’s called “raising a daughter”. It’s on Youtube…. check it out!
What have you learned most from your failures in comedy:
No one gives a shit. Fail all the time. No one remembers. You’re not getting better if you’re crushing all the time (that’s the piece of advice that always stuck with me).
How do people react toward you when they realize that you can make people laugh:
Expectations are low, especially with family. I’ve been in entertainment for over 25 years. Family still thinks I need a “real job”.
Describe building a career in stand-up comedy:
It’s like building a house….. you can’t do it in a day. A little every day equals a lot over time.
If you could change one thing in the world of comedy, what would it be:
Everyone TAKE A PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL! Bad comedy flyers are unacceptable these days!
Best advice you’ve ever received from a comedian:
“You’re not getting better if you’re crushing all the time” – Adam Ray
If you were releasing a comedy special this week, what would it be called:
Small Town 7 (it’s one of the jokes from my hour)
Funniest encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity:
There’s a lot but Brock Lesnar taking pizza out of my hand at a Metallica concert has got to be up there.
Weirdest place you’ve ever performed any form of comedy:
Elderly home at 6pm. People in their 90’s at 6PM!?!?! A full hour of me just waiting for one of us to die!
A Rudy Pavich Fun Fact:
I love Richard Marx’s music. F#CK OFF! He’s a treasure!
Where would you like your laughs to take you:
Out to the country. Get to a point where I don’t need to be in a city anymore…. I like the woods!
What would you tell a potential comedian if they ask you how they can own the laughs:
Always remember “You’re never as bad as your worst set….. but you’re also never as good as your best.”
What are your thoughts on the future of comedy:
We’re headed back to the days of say anything. Will Smith slapping Chris Rock was the best thing to happen to comedy. It showed, on a large platform, people are far too sensitive these days. Go watch the new Shane Gillis special…… there’s a lot in there that would have been cancelable a few years ago.
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:
Married….. with Children. Just one whole episode of Al insulting women trying on shoes. That was Ed O’Neil in his prime!
If you could choose ONE comedy club and THREE comedians to perform with on your perfect comedy show, how would it go:
Well, it would go terribly for me because they are all out of my league but here goes: ACME in Minneapolis with Attell, Stef Tolev and Todd Barry.
What’s next for you:
Vegas tonight (which might be my new home soon), Louisville Comedy Club next week and hoping to record an album in December.
Why should a person always laugh at life:
Because we all know, at some point, we die. That’s the funniest thing on the planet! We do all shit, i.e. work, kids, houses, comedy, relationships, taxes, argue, cheat, fight, love…… you still die. Hilarious!