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Comedy is Fermented Pain According to Recovery Comedian, John Moses
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John Moses has been delightfully offending audiences throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. for more than 10 years. This year John was a finalist at the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta and is a favorite at festivals all over including; The Boston Comedy Festival; The Asheville Comedy Festival; The Cottage Country Comedy Festival; and the Dark Comedy Festival in Toronto where he roasted Porn Legend Ron Jeremy.
John released his debut album On The Edge in 2012. It was voted one of Laughspin.com’s “10 Best Comedy Albums of 2012,” and given their dubious distinction as “The One Album From 2012 You Should Get By A Comedian You Probably Never Heard Of.” It is still in regular rotation on Sirius XM RawDog, The Foxxhole, and Canada Laughs.

In 2013, he became an immediate favorite on AXS.TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and was featured in their special “Best of Season One.” In 2015 he made his second appearance on Gotham Comedy Live and received high praise from the show’s host, the iconic Dom Irrera. In 2016 he made his third appearance on the show.

He released his second album Upper Middle Trash in May of 2016. Raw Dog on SiriusXM named that album one of the best albums of 2016.

An equal-opportunity offender, John’s comedy transcends racial and cultural barriers—appealing to black, white, and brown audiences, the young and old, upstanding citizens and the morally bankrupt. John’s style is shrewd, raw and uncompromisingly funny.

Recovery Comedy: What were you like as a kid?

John Moses: Insecure, low self-esteem, desperate for people's approval. You know future alcoholic.

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

John Moses: I was always goofing off wherever I could, in front of whoever would listen. But it was actually my dad that pushed me to do it. I've been doing it now for 18 years.

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

John Moses: Yeah, and some people suggested that I quit doing comedy when I first got sober. I told them that I got into to recovery to become a better horse thief. One suggestion that was given to me that I'll pass on to any artists or performers that are in early recovery, is to call someone before and after the gig. Don't hang out if it can be helped. Take the money and run.

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

John Moses: Absolutely, that we're all full of sh!t. I try to talk about ways that I'm full of it and see if anybody can relate. I like digging around for fallibility. I think it's what connects us. Also, I can't stand whining.

Recovery Comedy: Who are your comedy idols?

John Moses: Chris Rock, Doug Standhope, Nick DiPaolo, some dead guys.

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

John Moses: I don't know, sometimes things just strike me as funny.  It's less inspiration and more a forced habit. You wanna do this? You gotta write. But when inspiration hits, it's awesome.

Recovery Comedy: What is your joke writing process?

John Moses: I talk a lot out loud to myself, usually in a room or driving somewhere. Everyone thinks I'm on a Bluetooth, it looks totally normal.

Recovery Comedy: What is your kryptonite?

John Moses: A cold draft beer.

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

John Moses: I mean they were when I was a kid, you know pumping my head full of dreams. I think they wonder where it's going now. They're really gonna freak in ten more years.

Recovery Comedy: Is comedy part of your healing process?

John Moses: Absolutely, I'm a big believer in the idea that comedy is pain fermented. At least that's the stuff I love. I had a tough childhood (not the toughest, but tougher than most) and there were lots of situations where you could either laugh or cry about it. I cried plenty, but you learn to laugh. The way addicts learn to laugh at some of the horrible garbage they went through.

Recovery Comedy: What was your worst experience performing comedy?

John Moses: Well that's the thing, even the awful ones are all kinda funny now.

Recovery Comedy: What was your best experience performing comedy?

John Moses: I've met some of my idols, played some incredible shows, but it still hasn't happened yet.

Recovery Comedy: What is your favorite joke?

John Moses: What does a 90-year old woman's ***** taste like? Depends.

Recovery Comedy: What is your comedy dream?

John Moses: Paying for my daughter’s college education with funny money. If she even thinks about doing comedy, I'll never speak to her again. LAWYER!

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