As part of We Own The Laughs.com’s Comedian of the Day, have a few laughs and get to know comedian Spencer Adamus. The Winnipeg, CN native shares some of his favorite moments in stand-up comedy and lets us know how he always owns the laughs.
Name: Spencer Adamus
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @comedy_man_spencer/@Spenny_adam/Spencer Adamus
Years in Comedy: 9
Haven’t we seen you somewhere before: 2023 Just For Laughs: New Faces of Comedy and my comedy special “Easy to Kill” on Youtube
Comedic Influences: Nate Bargatze is easily my number one influence.
Favorite Comedy Album: Nate Bargatze “Full Time Magic”
Favorite Comedy Special: Shane Gillis “Live In Austin”
Favorite Comedy Movie: Horrible Bosses
Favorite Comedy TV Show: Nirvana The Band the show
Favorite Comedic Character: Charlie Kelly from “It Always Sunny In Philadelphia”
Favorite City to Perform In: Toronto, Ontario, CN
Favorite Topics to Joke About: Life experience
Favorite Type of Audience for a Comedy Show: An audience that knows comedy is about to happen.
Favorite Comedy Club: Rumors Comedy Club in Winnipeg
How did you discover your passion for comedy:
I discovered my passion for comedy when I was 13 years old and would watch Just For Laughs with my grandmother every day after school. I barely understood the jokes, but I knew I wanted to make people laugh one day.
How would you describe your comedic style:
My comedic style is a lot of storytelling. Some people may describe it as self-deprecating, but I do fine.
Describe your process for comedic writing:
I write a lot when something insane happens to me. If I’m ever in an uncomfortable situation, I immediately pull out my book and start writing.
Describe the comedy scene in your area:
The comedy scene in Winnipeg is fantastic. We have a lot of hilarious comedians who come from here and helped shape me into the comic I am today.
How do you judge success in the world of comedy:
As long as you are still enjoying your time on stage you are successful.
Who are some of your comedic peers that you enjoy watching perform or inspire you personally and professionally:
Emmanuel Lomuro is a comedian from Winnipeg who I never get tired of watching. Him and I run a couple of shows and love to bounce ideas off of eachother.
What’s been your most memorable moment in comedy:
My most memorable moment in comedy was setting foot on stage at the Monument-National in Montreal for my first ever Just For Laughs appearance. It’s the first time I felt like I was making it.
What have you learned most from your failures in comedy:
Your failures in comedy help set you up for success. Not every set you do is going to be perfect. Bombing a set feels like crap but it’s necessary for the creative process.
How do people react toward you when they realize that you can make people laugh:
When people realize I can make people laugh they normally ask “can you tell me a joke?” I feel like a lot of comedians get that. It’s annoying but you get used to it.
Describe building a career in stand-up comedy:
Building a career in stand up comedy takes time. You have to be consistent with it. Hit as many open mic comedy shows as you can. Practice makes perfect. You can write all you want but the true test is in front of a live audience. I would even suggest taking some improv classes or sketch writing workshops. Both are great tools you can use in stand up comedy.
If you could change one thing in the world of comedy, what would it be:
If I could change one thing in the world of comedy, I would have more audience members attending live comedy shows.
Best advice you’ve ever received from a comedian:
Best advice I’ve ever received from a comedian is to put the mic stand behind you if you are not using it. Leaving the mic stand in front of you acts as a barrier between you and the audience and it’s distracting.
If you were releasing a comedy special this week, what would it be called:
I already have a 30 mins comedy special out on youtube called “Easy to Kill” but if I was going to release a comedy special this week, I would probably call it “Bad Friends.”
Funniest encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity:
I met Jay Barauchel in Montreal and didn’t realize it was him until he had already left and my friends told me.
Weirdest place you’ve ever performed any form of comedy:
Weirdest place I have ever performed was probably at a restaurant full of people who had no idea they were about to watch sketch comedy. Everyone seemed pretty confused including the staff.
A Spencer Adamus Fun Fact:
Fun fact about myself, I also do a lot of acting work. I’m often either cast as a child or a pizza delivery driver. I have no idea why.
Where would you like your laughs to take you:
The goal for my career in comedy is to land a role in a TV series. Comedic acting is one of my favorite things to do.
What would you tell a potential comedian if they ask you how they can own the laughs:
If a potential comedian asked me how they can own the laughs, I would tell them to find their own voice. Anybody can mimic another comedian’s style. It is far more interesting to watch a comedian with a completely original stage presence.
What are your thoughts on the future of comedy:
I think the future of comedy is on the up and up. I’m seeing a lot more comedy albums and comedy specials dropping every week. I’m super excited to see what the future holds.
If you could write an episode for ONE classic TV sitcom, which show would it be and give a brief detailed sentence on the episode:
Maybe not a sitcom, but if I could write for one classic TV show it would be The Kids in The Hall. I love sketch comedy writing and would love to see some of my ideas on that TV show.
If you could choose ONE comedy club and THREE comedians to perform with on your perfect comedy show, how would it go:
My perfect comedy show would take place at Comedy Bar Toronto. It would include three of my favorite comedians from Winnipeg. Emmanuel Lomuro, Tyler Kotowski and Jaydin Pommer. Emanuel hosting, Tyler and Jaydin doing middle spots and me headlining.
What’s next for you:
Next for me is more touring. I want to perform in as many cities as I can this year.
Why should a person always laugh at life:
People should always laugh at life because it’s better to laugh than be pissed off about everything all the time. Try to find the comedy in everything if you can.