Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from American stand-up comedian Art Corral.
We kick off speaking about the Grizzly Grizzly Nation and how Art got the name thanks to the gang he was in. Could’ve been worse he tells me, it was almost Fozzy Bear.
We get talking a bit about Art’s past, he was involved with a California gang for many, many years. we speak about his childhood and about how knowing that his father and uncles were involved in the gang had always been something attractive for him.
We take a break from the gang-related stuff for a while then and switch the conversation to stand-up comedy. We speak about how and why Art got involved in it and how it’s been going since he started. Art speaks about how comedy came pretty early to him, he was picked on by his older sisters’ boyfriends and he used to use humour and jokes to deflect attention away from him.
We get talking then about how Art’s school life went, especially knowing that his Dad and uncles were involved in gang activity. He tells me that he was a bit of a class clown and was always getting into trouble when growing up.
Art opens up about parts of his gang-life, telling me that he spent an awful lot of time behind bars between the ages of 11-18, but he tells a hilarious story about how he got busted for sticking up a pizza-delivery guy with a Nintendo gun.
He tells another story of how his father confronted a cop in a restaurant’s restroom that was harassing Art and what followed.
We get talking then about how Art’s house was broken into one night and how he gave the intruder a vasectomy. Yes, you read that properly.
Finally then we speak about his comedy influences and he tells a story about how he recently shared a stage with none other than Judd Apatow.
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