Worcester native Orlando Baxter is one of the funniest young guns making the rounds on the comedy circuit today. Our Comedy Contributor Ben Hague (who's pretty darn funny himself) caught up with Orlando, getting to know a little more about the New England headliner.
Ben Hague: How'd you get started in stand up?
Orlando Baxter: I started going to open mics in Boston. Shout out to Rich Gustus and the old "Emerald Isle" crew.
BH: Biggest thrill of your career thus far?
: Taking a leave of absence from my teaching job to go on the road with Jo Koy
for a year. And then getting the opportunity to open up for him on his Comedy Central special. Best time of my life!
BH: How does the day job influence your writing?
OB: Well, I'm a teacher at a high school so its AWWWEEESOME!!! Working at a school is a gold mine for writing comedy.
BH: Tell us a cool road story.
OB: One time I was randomly "selected" to get patted down at an airport in Fargo, ND. So as I stood there getting groped by this big burly TSA officer at 6AM in the morning, the guy looks up at me and whispers,
Him: "You were awesome last night."
Him: "Yeah, I was at the show. By far one of the funniest comics I've seen in a while. Thank you."
Me: "You're welcome sir. Glad you liked the show."
It was by far one of the coolest and weirdest fan experiences I've had.
BH: If you could open for any comic living or dead who would it be?
OB: I would have to say Richard Pryor because he was not only a titan in stand up comedy but he was so controversial on and off the stage. And I would love to just sit with him and pick his brain about comedy and his life.
Orlando can be seen headlining the East Providence Comedy Connection January 25 & 26. Click here to get your tickets now!
Find Orlando on Facebook & check out his website to find out where he'll be performing next.
Ben Hague - Comedy Contributor
Winner of the 2006 "Catch a New Rising Star" competition, Ben is a local comedian who can be seen touring across the nation. Through his network of professional and up & coming performers he is able to spotlight these talents for Cumulus Providence. benhague.com
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