We had the good fortune of connecting with Drew Jordan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Drew, how do you think about risk?
As a stand up comedian, risk taking is essential. You can never know how a joke will be received until you perform it on stage in front of an audience. You might have a feeling that it will be funny and illicit a great response but you can’t know for sure until you take that leap. Often times the “safer” more obvious jokes just don’t work. People expect comedians and all artists to push the boundaries of what is possible or acceptable to create great art or entertainment. You never know what is possible until you try. That’s a truth that stretches way beyond jokes or art. The good news is that even if you take a risk and fail, you always learn something valuable that will help guide you to success in the future.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Currently my artistic passions center around stand up comedy and content/video creation. My comedy is very personal, and I aim to share my perspective and life experience in a way that people similar to me and those who have nothing in common with me can both appreciate.
Stand up comedy is a grind. It’s slow. Progress comes in small increments and requires failures to grow. The feeling of a killer set is unmatchable but learning from the bad sets is part of the secret. Every failure is a lesson learned and hopefully a mistake that won’t be repeated. Sometimes for me, the hardest part is balancing the self critique needed for success and the ability to perform with confidence. You’ve got to run both those parts of your brain and turn them off and on at the correct time. There’s a time to create freely without guardrails, a time to be a brutal editor and a time to confidently deliver your creation to a live audience that needs to sense your complete commitment to what you’re saying.
I believe humor is healing. It’s helped me work through the hardest parts of my life and I want other people to experience that healing as well.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This question gives me all the anxiety. ha. I’m the worst at choosing restaurants but there are some clear winners for me. Everyone loves brunch so you have to hit the highlights there with places like The Rustic, Baby Barnaby’s or Leeland House. When in Houston you definitely have to hit a brewery like St. Arnolds, 8th Wonder or Platypus. And there’s so many great restaurants like Rodeo Goat, Pit Room, or B&B Butchers. When it’s time for a great cocktail I always recommend Wooster’s Garden and Double Trouble. And of course, when in Houston you definitely have to come catch a set at The Riot Comedy Show.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We are all a product of our community and with comedy this is absolutely true. I’ve been deeply encouraged and supported by the comedians I’ve have the pleasure to interview on my Breaking Down Bits podcast, the local comedy scene in Houston and even the people who have graciously attended the endless open mics where I’ve worked to craft the material and skills of a stand up comedian. Stage time at The Riot and The Secret Group have been instrumental in my growth and the growth of many aspiring comedians and performers in Houston.
Other: TikTok: @drewistalkward