Don't Put Your Junk Into Anything With a Horsepower Rating: Recovery Comedian Jim Trino
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Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. Jim grew up swimming in rivers, hydrosliding in canals, hunting with friends and playing with fireworks. Standard issue guy shit. Jim graduated High School, went on to college and eventually earned a degree in theater arts.  His dad still calls that diploma his receipt. During these years a slow progression into the world of alcoholism and drug addiction was coming to fruition. It all started out fun and ended up Jurassic Park.
Jim got clean for the first time in 1989 and started ski racing which brought him all the way to the world cup. He then relapsed and for 8 years, including a 2 year prison term where Jim learned all about tweaking and recycling. Jim got clean in 1999 and has been in the program ever since.
Comedy came with sharing and healing came with laughter. Jim has been through a divorce and the death of friends and family and hasn’t found a reason to use. Currently he is married to a wonderful woman (who is typing this shit against her will at 10pm). THE END...... Can I have a job? Please?

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Jim Trino:  Ha depends on who you ask. I say I was an athletic nerd that liked Bugs Bunny cartoons way too much. Mom and Dad say I was a pain in the ass.  They found my on the roof at the age of 3, and on the roof of moms moving car (while she was driving) to talk to her thru windshield.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Jim Trino:  Decide to become a comedian? Is that what you call this?? Well, I fell into it speaking at 12 step meetings.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Jim Trino:  I didn't start performing until after it got funny. (The cops might have a different story)

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Jim Trino:  Yeah, there's a message. . . Drugs make you do stupid shit. Never put your dick in something with a horsepower rating.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Jim Trino:  I don't have a particular idol, I like many for different reasons.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Jim Trino:  I don't have writers, 51 years of stupid shit gives you lots of material.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Jim Trino:  Gotta laugh on that one... As I said most of my material was lived.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Jim Trino:  Kids at my shows. My own son was my worst heckler.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Jim Trino:  Oh fuck yea!!!!

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Jim Trino:  Comedy has been the best part of my healing process and when there are new comers in audience that think they can "never tell anyone about that", they heal also.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Jim Trino:  I have hard nights, but they have all been learning experiences.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Jim Trino:  Performing at the Comedy Store and having Andrew Dice Clay say, "That was some funny shit sporto".

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Jim Trino:  I like being the "vacuum cleaner guy".

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Jim Trino:  Make a living at comedy, quit swinging a hammer, and get character acting roles or voice overs (my voice would have been perfect in Bug Bunny).

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He's Outlived or Divorced Anyone Who Might Be Critical of His Comedy: Recovery Comedian Dick Kendall
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After two careers as a chamber of commerce executive and banker, Dick started his professional comedy career in the early ‘80s. At Houston’s Comedy Workshop he worked with the likes of Bill Hicks, Kevin Nealon and T. Shaun Shannon of SNL fame.

Dick dropped out of the comedy scene in the early ‘90s but continued to do charity shows and talent nights on cruise ships. One of the talent night shows got him a paid gig on Norwegian Cruise Lines in 2002 and he has been back performing on cruise ships and comedy clubs ever since.

His favorite gig now is working with and opening for Billy Gardell who stars as Mike in the hit comedy, Mike & Molly.
Dick just recently finished shooting, The Last Word, a horror film where he plays a catholic priest being consumed by the “curse.” It is due out in 2017.

Dick is also a published author.  His book, “Nobody Told Me I’d Have To Sell,” published in ’96, gave him national recognition as a speaker and trainer.

As a 39 year friend of Bill W., Dick has garnered many good lines in meetings around the country. He will occasionally pepper his comedy with a few of these if the audience is right.

Dick’s stint as a professional comic during the ‘80s improved his training and speaking immensely but his first love was always stand-up. With that background, Dick’s easy style on stage gives the audience the feel of having had a wonderful evening of laughter with an old friend.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Dick Kendall:  Making my mother laugh was my number one goal. I knew I was safe if she was laughing. So I would listen to Bob Hope Radio Shows and make notes. The next morning I would perform the show for my mother. She was usually a good audience. I also listened to Abbott and Costello, Red Skelton, The Great Gildersleeve, Jack Benny, etc. (we didn’t have those boxes with pictures in those days).

I memorized Phil Harris’s “Darktown Poker Club,” record to perform for my mother’s father who was a Baptist preacher. The song would have been banned for racism today, but this was the 1940’s and churches were totally segregated. He loved it, laughed a lot and had me recite it for friends and family. I loved my grandfather and my mother worshipped him. To please him was heaven.

In school I was a frightened kid and learned to fend off bullies with humor. Often in groups the humor at the offending kid could be vicious but effective. Among my most grievous character defects, using humor to hurt was probably at the top of the list. Hopefully, God has removed that one. It took a while even in AA.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Dick Kendall:  The description of my childhood above probably answers the first part of this question. In high school speech class I memorized a humorous reading and performed it in class and at various church functions. At a church retreat prior to entering Baylor I signed up to do the reading at a talent event. I used my Bob Hope experience to humorously make fun of the shortcomings of the retreat. I thought I would try the bit and if it didn’t work I would go into the reading. It worked. And I was hooked on comedy.

I had gotten a date that night with the most beautiful girl on campus. She was sitting next to a friend of mine and after my show she said to him, “I have a date with him tonight.” Humor gets you women. It really works.

I performed some in college but was not good at new material. My biggest competitor at Baylor was Grady Nutt, a naturally funny man who later starred on “Hee Haw” as the prime minister of humor. So my act faded away.

A wife, kids and making a living took precedence for the next many years. In 1984 my kids were grown, my wife and I divorced and I decided it was time. I did an open mike night at Houston’s Comedy Workshop and continued to work there and travel some to other clubs. Sam Kinneson had moved on to Los Angeles by then but I worked with Bill Hicks, Kevin Nealon, T. Shaun Shannon and others who had good careers that followed. I still could not make a living at it so went back to my consulting work in l989. Bill Hicks and I got well acquainted in those years. I could not say we became friends. He was drinking and I was sober. End of story. (He later got sober and then got famous-in that order).

I continued to do charity shows and talent nights on cruise ships. A friend took a video of one of the talent night shows. I sent it to Candy Casino in Florida and she booked me on a Norwegian Cruise to Norway. It was my first paid gig in 13 years. Someone should have told me to get more experience before going 5,000 miles to do comedy. I did OK on that cruise but see below for the next one.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Dick Kendall:  Not in comedy clubs. However, I did a lot of public speaking and somehow knew that if I drank before the speech I would lose my timing. I had seen others do that. I always got plastered after the speech, however.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Dick Kendall:  Laughter. Laughter is the best medicine. It has been proven that laughter is better for your heart than exercise. Look at Dick Chaney. Have you ever seen that man laugh? And how many heart attacks has that guy had? He shoots lawyers and doesn’t laugh and that’s funny stuff. Sobriety without laughter would be glum indeed.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Dick Kendall:  Shelly Berman was my first one. I used to play his recording for all my friends. Billy Gardell, of Mike and Molly fame, is my friend and all-time favorite now, the funniest man I know. There are many others I have learned from: Ellen DeGeneres for timing, Bob Newhart for brevity, Richard Prior for audacity and proving that humor can break down walls of distrust. Mark Lundholm for showing me that his humor has helped more addicts to recovery than I have in sponsorship in over 39 years. And of course, Bob Hope, George Burns, Jack Benny and many more for inspiration.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Dick Kendall:  Life, sober and otherwise.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Dick Kendall:  I take an idea into the shower with me and come out with a new bit. Sometimes I run out of hot water before it happens. I see humor everywhere. Like the kids calling their tattoos “tatts” so they can save time in their text messaging. If you can sit for three hours in excruciating pain in a tattoo parlor, you’ve got time to put two more “OOs” in your text message.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Dick Kendall:  Fear that the audience won’t like me. Through the use of steps 4 through 7, I no longer have that fear. Through the steps and my sponsor I saw where I was putting the audience in place of God to receive my value. By the way, I have a step 6 ½. Step 6: God I’m entirely willing to have you remove this shortcoming. Step 6 ½: You know I’m lying. Step 7: please remove it anyway.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Dick Kendall:  I’ve outlived or divorced any who might have been critical. My tee totaling Baptist mother would never see my shows because they were performed in bars. However, a few months before she died she had a fall. It was a couple of weeks before my Norwegian cruise. When she called me to take her to the hospital the first thing she said was, “Dick, whatever happens to me you have to go on that cruise. It’s the chance of a lifetime.” So I guess she had come around.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Dick Kendall:  I hope laughter is part of everybody’s healing process. It certainly was for me. If I can help with that process for others, than it will continue to help my healing.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Dick Kendall:  After a relatively good experience on my Norwegian cruise, Candy booked me on a Princess cruise to Hawaii from Canada. The cruise director wanted me to do 15 minutes the first night out. I had not slept for 24 hours and neither had most of the audience. The cruise director was a frustrated comic himself and did 15 minutes of raucous joke telling before introducing me. I did not have the experience to handle that and people walked out of my show. When I did my full show almost no one showed up and those who did left very quickly.

When you bomb on a cruise ship you are at sea with those same people for another week-pure hell.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Dick Kendall:  Last night, and I hope I can always say that. Though I don’t need them to give me value, sharing love and laughter with an audience is its own reward.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Dick Kendall:  Being single at middle age has its problems: learning to date all over again after 25 years is perhaps the worst. I want you to know I was a gentleman about it, though. I was not looking for a slam, bam, thank you ma’m type relationship. However, I did have a couple of dates looking for a stick, stir thank you sir. (Not used in the squeaky clean shows).

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Dick Kendall:  Sharing the love and laughter with an audience is its own reward. However, continuing to make a living at it is pretty nice, too.

To find out more information about Dick Kendall or to book him for your next Recovery Convention just click here!

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Comedy Saved Her from the Loony Bin: Recovery Comedian Sassi
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You may have seen Sassi on MTV, Nickelodeon, Good Morning America, doing promos for Adult Swim Super Deluxe or even in a Lysol Commercial!  She has worked with Chicago City Limits, Blue Man Group and The National Theatre of Performing Arts. She has been featured in the New York Underground Comedy Festival, The Mamapalooza Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Sassi lives in New York City with her son Liam Jon Keegan and their service dog Shaggy.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Sassi:  I was a huge day dreamer.  I would walk down the street looking up at the sky in my own world.  It's a wonder I didn't get hit by a car.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Sassi:  When I was a kid I always did impressions of my teachers for my family and friends and they laughed.  I came to New York City to act and answered an ad in "Back Stage" looking for comics.  I did it once and was hooked.  I have been performing in one form or another all my life.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Sassi:  I was in recovery when I started doing stand-up.  I have only performed sober.  Some say alcohol gave them courage when performing.  I never knew how it would go down when I was drinking, so I'm glad not to have that wild card in the mix.  It's challenging enough as it is.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Sassi:  No.  I do believe that laughter heals though.  I like to think I can bring joy and healing to people though comedy.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Sassi:  Robin Williams, Rita Rudner, Steve Martin, Lucille Ball

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Sassi:  I write about my personal experience.  A lot of the best jokes come from my pain.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Sassi:  I record every set and I write down everything I think is funny.  A lot of my jokes I "hear" either in dialogue with someone or in my head.  I have an ear for comedy.  I write bits down, try them, record them and improve upon them.  A lot of my writing is editing and I love editing.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Sassi:  I can get in my head when there is industry or someone else whose opinion matters to me in the audience.  Luckily, enough of those "people loved me until I could love myself" like in program and I worked through the fear.  It helps me to think of comedy as doing service.  When it's not only about me I can relax.

Recovery Comedy: Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Sassi:  They are from a small town and are all teachers so it scared the heck out of them at first.  They wanted me to be a teacher too, but once I had some success, they got on board.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Sassi:  I would say yes.  Comedy definitely keeps me sane.  My first marriage was troubled and we have a special needs kid.  If I hadn't gotten out a few nights a week to do comedy I would have ended up in the loony bin.  I also have a lot of a lot of people pleasing issues.  Ironically the audience loves you when you love them first and don't care what they think.  They get uneasy when you try too hard.  If you beg them for approval like you would an emotionally unavailable alcoholic parent, they stare at you in silence.  This has been an amazing lesson to learn.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Sassi:  I made fun of Catholics (I am one) at a fire house and I didn't know they were staunch Catholics and they hated me.  It was the worst bomb ever.  Then the headliner came out as a nun and made even more fun of Catholics.  The thing was, we sent a video with all our Catholic material on it.  Apparently the booker didn't watch the tapes.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Sassi:  Thank God there have been so many.  Performing in rehabs is definitely top on my list.  Going home to Rumford, Maine and performing at 49 Franklin for friends and family was very exciting.  I love going on the road with my boyfriend Ross Bennett.  I love working at my home club Broadway Comedy Club in NYC and Comedy Works in Albany and City Steam in Hartford.  I love doing Spa Ha Ha.  It's my ladies' night out show I do with Barb Singer and we offer spa services beforehand.   Ironically after making fun of Catholics, I now do a Christian Comedy Show at the Comic Strip in NYC.  It's very empowering to work that clean and very healing to allow God into my comedy in such a literal way.  I love doing birthday roasts and toasts.  They are so much work to write but when they kill, it's amazing!  And of course it just rocks when people come up to you after a show and say. "We loved you so much!  You were the funniest one!  Why aren't you famous?"

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Sassi:  This is my favorite joke that I've written: I was married for 16 years, in couples therapy for 20.  At the end the couples' therapist said, "I don't know about you guys, but I need to see other people!"

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Sassi:  I want to write and make movies and act in them, and become very well known.  Then I want to go on the road and fill theaters.



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David Zasloff's Secret to Success? Do the Opposite of What Your Father Tells You
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David has performed at NA, AA, CA, DA, OA CEA-HOW and GA  comedy conventions, benefits, prisons, nightclubs, universities, theaters, retirement homes,
corporate events, private parties, temples, weddings, funerals, birthday parties, affairs of state, spiritual living centers, a few churches and one briss.

He has recorded a comedy CD entitled “Honey Take Me Home” and has written a book called The Complete Book of Everything, Part I which is a compilation of his comic monologues.

Other people have said some pretty nice things about him. For instance:

“David Zasloff is one of the great performers of our time.” (Richmond Shepard - Performing Arts Insider)

“His view of humanity is unique, very funny and sexy. His intelligence and wit sneaks up on you and suddenly you’re howling.” (Patricia Foulkrod – film producer and political organizer)

“His humor was not only razor sharp, but displayed enlightened understanding of the human condition.” (Hollywood Gazette)

“I am a Zasloff fan. He pushes the boundaries and he’s smart and he’s very funny. The CD is terrific.” (Jay Levin – original publisher of the L.A. Weekly). 

“He approaches our cultural and sexual taboos with humor, respect, tenderness, and the deep understanding of a man of heart.” (Margot Anand, author “The Art of Sexual Ecstasy”)

“You are such a brilliant, talented man and your humor truly resonated with our group. We hope you will enjoy the fame and fortune you deserve.” (Adrian S. Windsor, Program Director Inside Edge)

“He is a bolt of greased lightning: entertainer and showman par excellence.” (L.A. Weekly)

“He is as funny and off the wall as you’d expect of a fellow who’s honed his skill as a stand-up comic.”(Dramalogue)

“Treat yourselves to a laughter and music blast with the outrageously funny David Zasloff. He is convulsively hilarious. Highest recommendation. Don't miss!” (Greg Tamblyn – author, comedian, musician)

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

David Zasloff:  I was loud.  I played trumpet.  I lived in a housing project the Bronx.  Whenever I practiced my music attracted the police.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

David Zasloff:  When I discovered I was funny and I could make people laugh I became addicted to comedy. Plus I had a deep need for approval that could only be satisfied by large numbers of people. My insights into hypocrisy has allowed me to do comedy for thirty years.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

David Zasloff:  I used to do comedy stoned on cocaine. I wasn’t funny.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

David Zasloff:  My greatest tragedies are hysterical.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

David Zasloff:  Lenny Bruce. I found his grave. I sat at his tombstone thinking here lies the funniest philosopher of all time. Fifty years ago he wrote a monologue on how to defuse the negativity in the word “nigger.” He was ahead of his time because he had perfect timing.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

David Zasloff:  Hypocrisy, including terrorism, financial failure, love, fatherhood and death.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

David Zasloff:  Everything is funny. I write down as much as I can. Memorizing all of it is a problem.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

David Zasloff:  Sugar.  Scientists say sugar is just as addictive as heroin. Which means Nutra-Sweet is methadone.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

David Zasloff:  No. Everything my dad taught me was wrong. I have a great life because whatever he told me to do, I did the exact opposite.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

David Zasloff:  Comedy is one insecure person making an equally insecure audience laugh without revealing anyone’s insecurity.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

David Zasloff:  I once did an impression of a gorilla in a hotel lobby trying to get a candy bar out of a vending machine. I thought watching a gorilla trying to be human would be funny and remind people of the similarities between them and gorillas. But I never gave the audience a clue to what I was doing.  They got my gorilla impersonation but they didn’t get the hotel vending machine. All they saw was me acting like King Kong. It wasn’t funny. The audience ignored me and started talking amongst themselves. I tried to get offstage without being seen. I realized I had a lot to learn about human communication.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

David Zasloff:  One night, early in my career, I got onstage, looked around, and what struck me as being funny was that people had driven a long way and paid a cover charge to have someone else make them laugh because they couldn’t make themselves laugh. Since I could make myself laugh it made me think they were inept and I started laughing at them. They didn’t know why I was laughing, but they sensed my laughter was real. Real laughter is contagious. Pretty soon everyone was laughing at me laughing at them. After a while it didn’t matter why we were laughing, what mattered was we were all laughing. And we couldn’t stop laughing. The show was hysterical and I didn’t tell one joke.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

David Zasloff:  My favorite joke is about religious sexual hypocrisy, and it’s too explicit to repeat here. To hear this joke please come to my show. This joke has made thousands of people laugh.  I guarantee, it’ll make you laugh.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

David Zasloff:  To do more comedy. I don’t care about making movies or doing television. I love laughing with people.

To find out more information about David Zasloff or to book him for your next Recovery Convention just click here!

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It is Never to Late to Find Recovery: Sober Comedian Bronx Billy O.
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Bronx Billy O. came to America by boat from County Cork, Ireland, and grew up on the Bronx streets. After Vietnam, Billy was a Teamster, a Pub
and restaurant owner, and before becoming a N.Y.C. firefighter for 23 years, an illegal bookie. He has sailed, dove and traveled the world burdened by his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

After the tragedy of 9/11 and the loss of 343 of his brother firefighters he sobered up and attended the University of Florida. At the age of 62, he earned his journalism degree and began to write.

He has written two highly praised weekly columns, two screenplays and numerous political pieces. He also finished in the finals out of nearly 400 contestants in Arizona’s funniest comic contest two years in a row.Confessions of a Bronx Bookie is his much-anticipated first novel. Every Amazon review has been phenomenal, all five stars. Most see the novel as a movie or series. Unlike many authors who come directly out of college, O’Connor waited to write until after he had something to say. If anyone personifies that life truly begins at 60, it is Billy O’Connor.

Billy's acerbic wit on stage has entertained audiences throughout, California, Florida, New York and Arizona for the past three years. He has shared the stage with such great comedic talents as Todd Berry, Julian McCullough, Jesse Joyce, Lisa Landry and Thai Rivera. As a reformed alcoholic, compulsive gambler and drug addict, his inspirational story reminds all of us that with the proper attitude, life begins at 60.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Bronx Billy O:  I grew up on the Bronx streets and loved to play ball and stay the hell out of my house. My old man was an abusive alcoholic, so the streets became my sanctuary. I was a non-entity at home, but like Springsteen sings, "When I'm out on the streets." That's where I felt like I belonged.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Bronx Billy O:  I sobered up after 9/11 and enrolled at the University of Florida to earn my journalism degree. While there, I started doing comedy at 58. I knew I had made tons of bad decisions in my life, and bad decisions make good stories. I was right. My book has helped many alcoholic, drug abusers already, and as it exponentially grows, it'll help even more.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Bronx Billy O:  No. Before recovery, I was a functioning drunk. Sobriety triggered my stand-up and my journalism degree. I know now that I am on the right path. I can help other addicts, and I'm having more fun now, sober, than I ever had in my life. That's something that I would have never dreamed possible.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Bronx Billy O:  Yes, that there is life past addiction, and with the proper help, we can beat our genetic dependence. And that it's never too late. My life really began at 60.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols? Bronx Billy O:  Carlin, Pryor, Dangerfield and at present, Patrice O'Neil and Bill Burr.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Bronx Billy O:  My life experiences and the madness of alcohol and drug addiction spur my humor, but as a writer, thoughts come to me 20 times a day.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Bronx Billy O:  I write while in the shower, while jogging, while driving or whenever my subconscious is available. I must tap into that inner resource. I'll write a few words to trigger a memory and then in front of a computer, I will edit and refine. 

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Bronx Billy O:  Chocolate, sugar and this inescapable weakness to want all people to like me. I'm sure it comes from low self-esteem, but I'm getting better at handling it.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Bronx Billy O:  I'm a grandpa and divorced, but my grown kids are all supportive. I think they're damn proud of me.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Bronx Billy O:  Comedy is definitely cathartic, as is writing. All group recovery programs are based around spreading the cure to help maintain our own. From the stage, and through my writing, I reach so many more people. It's definitely what defines my present life.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Bronx Billy O:  I was at a huge venue with a few scattered patrons in a thin audience. At the time, I was inexperienced and wasn't good at crowd work. It was the longest 45 minutes of my life, polite chuckles at best.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Bronx Billy O:  I would say that when I finished as one of the top three comics in Arizona three years in a row. The energy created by 450 people roaring laughter was intoxicating.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Bronx Billy O:  I do a joke about waking up after a three-day alcoholic blackout with a prosthetic leg in my bed. That joke just keeps getting longer and better.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Bronx Billy O:  I'd just like to supplement my pension, pay a few bills and while doing so, make people laugh. If I can help people along the way, so much the better. I'm a Vietnam Vet and a first responder for the FDNY for 20 years. I like to help people less fortunate than me.



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