Before comedy’s top acts take the stage at Levity Live in West Nyack each week, they email LoHud Lowdown to partcipate in our Comedy Q&A: Same questions, different answers from some our favorite comedians. Here’s the latest from our inbox.
Performing this Weekend: Ben Bailey
Best Known For: Hosting the Emmy-winning Discovery Channel game show “Cash Cab.”
If You Go: Friday and Saturday at Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack. $22.
Q: What are some of your favorite topics to talk about on stage these days?
A: I talk about anything and everything — everything but topical subjects, like news stories and politics. Most of it is nonsense that has some basis in reality, but its about the writing of the bits for me. They end up with lots of twists and turns and go on for a while because I like to take them as far as they can be taken. I will talk about “Cash Cab” some and my life some though too…
Q: Is anything off limits in your act?
A: Not really, but I steer away from news items and aim to have the shows be an escape from everyday life. But there is nothing that is off limits or “taboo.”
Q:Who are some of the comedians who inspired you to become a standup comic?
A: I was inspired by many people, including my father and grandfather, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Steve Martin, and many others whom I saw on Rodney’s young comedian specials as a kid. But really, I was a smart ass from the get-go. All I really wanted to do in school was make the other kids laugh.
Q: If you weren’t a comedian, what do you think you would be doing for a living?
A: I’d either be a musician or a carpenter… or both.
Q:What are three things people would be surprised to learn about you offstage?
A: 1. I play guitar in a Black Sabbath tribute band, which I started.
2. I was never a cab driver.
3. I was a champion pole vaulter in high school.
Q: Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever…performed comedy?
A: I once did a show at a temple. It was supposed to be in the “event” room, but when the mic died and couldn’t be repaired, the show was moved into the temple itself and I did my show from the altar, if that what it’s properly called. It felt a bit awkward.
Q: Do you have anything coming up that you would like us to know about?
A: I have a small part in the upcoming movie “The Delivery Man.” Also a short film that I made with friend and fellow comedian Judah Friedlander will be airing on the Onion’s new website. THe film is called “Meet Me at Ray’s.”
Q: Do you tweet?
A: Oh I tweet, @RealBenBailey
FB – www.facebook.com/BenBaileyCashCab