Chat with Toronto comedian Nick Nemeroff

We had the chance to catch up with comic strip Nick Nemeroff about his influences, his projects and his JUNO nominated comedy album “The Pursuit of Comedy Has Ruined My Life”.

How would you describe your comedy style?

I’d describe my comedic style as “funny”… to be more specific I’d say I once saw someone get out of hand as aggressive and I thought that suited it well…my mom called it too” cerebral”, which I think is good.

Who are some of your influences?

As a kid I really liked Mitch Hedberg and Demetri Martin and growing up I really got into comics/shows like Norm Macdonald, Nathan Fielder, Laugh Sabbath and 30 Rock. And my family too, they are all very funny.

Who was your favorite comedian growing up?

Mitch Hedberg for sure.

Who is your favorite comedian now?

My favorite comedians now are Chris Locke, Jackie Pirico and Sam Tallent.

What is your pre-show ritual?

Have a drink, softly say parts of my set to me, and try checking out some of the other comics in the show to get a sense of the room’s vibe. Definitely, a cool look to mumble to yourself while standing in the corner of a comedy show and having a beer.

What is your favorite place where you have performed? Why?

My favorite place I ever performed was The Ossington (RIP). It was the back room of a great bar in Toronto, with extremely low ceilings, cramped spaces and a very classic brick wall background. It was familiar and exciting at the same time. Many comics, myself included, have recorded their albums there for that reason and that is sorely missed.

What is your favorite piece you wrote and why were you proud of it?

My favorite piece I’ve written is a long piece where I pretend to read my hand for 3 minutes, but it’s all really hacky crowd-work stuff and at the end I reveal that I have nothing but “psych” written there. I’m not sure how funny that sounds in print, but at the time it helped me express what I thought it was worth to joke about stand-up comedy, and how little creativity there was. I was proud of it because it was different from all my other bits and it met that sweet spot of people who really liked comedy got it, and then people who just like to get up once in a while got it too , but maybe for a different reason. I also had to do it Conan, which will always be a major highlight of my life.

What is your favorite medium to listen to or find new comics/comedians?

Watch live stand up. There are many great new ways to find comedians, but nothing compares to seeing someone do it live and in the moment. There really are so many hilarious and original stand-ups out there right now, so it’s a great time to see and explore live shows.

Tell us a joke about your city.

I live in Toronto now, but I grew up in Montreal… around here actually. I grew up on the corner of Rue Barré and Detour. We moved a lot.

Do you currently have something to promote?

You can check out my debut comedy album (nominated for a JUNO for Best Comedy Album last year) called “The Pursuit of Comedy Has Ruined My Life” on Bandcamp and everywhere music is found, check out my new recordings from Season 2 of The New Wave of Standup is now on CBC Gem, and see me on Season 2 of CTV Comedy’s Roast Battles Canada this summer.

Where can we follow you?

You can follow me on Twitter & Instagram.

PAY IT FORWARD: Who’s another local comic/comedian we should know?

Harrison Weinreba† He is the funniest man ever. Watch it live or follow it online and you’ll see.

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