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 â€” 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, callÂ 904-461-8843.
For a list of upcoming shows, go toÂ 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 â€”Â 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:Â Ouch. I actually started doing this over 35 years ago. As a matter of fact, my book that I’ve Â 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, Â 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 youÂ get Â your jokes?
Bobby Slayton:Â 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:Â I find a lot of things funny as long as it’s at someone else’s expense and not mine! Â 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 yourÂ avorite part about being a stand-up comedian?
Bobby Slayton:Â Trying out new jokes and playing new places like Jackie’s club thisÂ weekend in St. Augustine!!