Comedian Bobby Slayton talks about being the class clown

The Pitbull of Comedy, Bobby Slayton, will perform June 21 at Jackie Knight's Comedy Club.

The Pitbull of Comedy, Bobby Slayton, will perform June 21 at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club.

Jackie Knight brings in comedians of all kinds to her comedy club at Gypsy Cab’s Corner Bar. This week, she has special guest Bobby Slayton. A comedian for more than 35 years, Slayton is working on a book about his life and profession called “If You Can’t Laugh at Yourself, Make Fun of Other People — 35 Years in Showbiz Hell.” Read the interview with Slayton below.

Slayton will be on stage in St. Augustine for two shows on Saturday, June 21. Shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club, 828 Anastasia Blvd., on the island. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, call 904-461-8843.

For a list of upcoming shows, go to thegypsycomedyclub.com

Totally St. Augustine: What age did you know you were funny?

Bobby Slayton: I was always the class clown. I think a lot of comics were the kids that weren’t all that great at sports and either weren’t good or/and hated academics. Being shy around girls was also a way to get their attention. I think my childhood is a textbook example of how a comic becomes a comic except for the one other factor a lot of comics experienced — I wasn’t poor or abused as a kid, but looking back I now wish I was because I’d probably be even funnier. Or possibly in prison. So maybe not. …

Totally St. Augustine: How many years have you been a comedian?

Bobby Slayton: Ouch. I actually started doing this over 35 years ago. As a matter of fact, my book that I’ve  been working in for over a year is called “If You Can’t Laugh At Yourself, Make Fun Of Other People – 35 Years in Showbiz Hell.” And don’t get me wrong, there have been some great times along the way,  a handful of television pilots that “almost” made it on air and dozens of other frustrations and near hits and misses that makes Showbiz what it is. I’ve come to realize a long time ago that 90% of this business is about luck, which is why I never gamble when I’m in Vegas.

Totally St. Augustine: Where do you get  your jokes?

Bobby Slayton: Some guys sit around and write material and a lot of comics actually buy jokes from other comics and writers. I come up with most of my stuff just from hanging out and living life. Most of the time it happens when I’m on the road, spending a lot of time by myself. I like to walk a lot. Whether it’s in a mall, on a beach or through a city, I walk and talk to myself like a mental patient. People used to stare at me like I was crazy. Now they just think I’m on the phone.

Totally St. Augustine: What do I find funny?

Bobby Slayton: I find a lot of things funny as long as it’s at someone else’s expense and not mine!  Actually I laugh at the same stuff I laughed at when I was a kid. Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges, and my dog. Dumb stuff. Guy stuff.

Totally St. Augustine: What’s your avorite part about being a stand-up comedian?

Bobby Slayton: Trying out new jokes and playing new places like Jackie’s club this weekend in St. Augustine!!

 

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