An Interview With Comedian Scott Backman

 

Scott Backman is a comedian who has appeared on “Tosh.0”, “The Doctors” and “Excused”. Here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.scottbackman.com/

1. What made you want to become a comedian?

 

I wanted to be a comedian ever since I was a child.  I remember watching people tell jokes on TV and I would think to myself, that is what I want to do.  I use to watch “You Can’t Do That On Television” on Nickelodeon, a kids version of Saturday Night Live and I knew I wanted to do something like that! I loved watching sketch comedy skits, stand up comedians and funny video shows.  I always said what was on my mind and I’ve never had much of a filter when it came to using my judgment of what was coming out of my mouth.

 

2. What sets you apart from the crowd?  –

 

My big mouth and borderline wrong humor.  I think it is the early stages of Tourette’s but others say it’s just my Jersey up bringing and my fighting for attention all the time.  It might be a little crass at times too.  I’m just a unique person.  I love people and I love seeing their reactions when something crazy comes out of my mouth.  I am full of knowledge that is only useful in very specific situations but I always seem to encounter them.  Or, it’s just plain useless.  I’m a total bull-shitter… and you can’t bullshit a bull-shitter!

 

I love being unpredictable.  The only thing you can predict is that I’ll probably say something outrageous and inappropriate. Just sayin’!

 

3. What do you like about Los Angeles?

 

What’s there not to like? “This is Hollywood? What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams.  Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreaming!”

 

Other than that, the weather! I have been living in Los Angeles for a year and I love it! I was born and raised in New Jersey and lived in Boston for 10 years before moving to La La land! It was nice to not have to shovel show this winter!

 

4. What don’t you like about Los Angeles?

 

Beside the drivers and the traffic? The people with their entitlement attitudes?  However, I accept it for what it is.

 

5. Who are some of your influences?

 

The people that have influenced me are people who go after their dreams; no matter what your dream is. A few people who have inspired me are Robin Williams, Chelsea Handler, Andy Cohen and Don Rickles! They connect with their audiences and make them feel you are in a real conversation with them.

 

 

6. What trend in comedy bothers you the most and why?

 

Comedians that intentionally say mean things to just say them really piss me off.  Also, people who talk about gross things, explicit dirty sex stories I have never found really funny.  You might be surprised but I am kind of a prude.  When you say certain things that are going to get a reaction of disgust really doesn’t do much for me.  However, comedy changes with the times and opens people’s eyes and ears to current topics.  There is so much negative things going on in the world, comedy is a great way to acknowledge them and put a lighter spin on things while bringing awareness.

 

 

7. What kind of day jobs have you had and how have they influenced your work?

 

I have worked in the marketing research field for years.  Yes…. BORING!!! All I know is that I was getting paid shit for doing work that was making a lot of people more money.  I never really had the corporate America kind of work ethic.  I always thought I should be doing some sort of work that was making the world a better place.  To tell you the truth, I really don’t care about work unless I am doing something to help the elderly, handicapped, sick, children or animals.

 

8. What role did you play on “The Doctors” and how did you get the part?

 

I played the role of a Gynecologist and had to tell a woman that she had a severe yeast infection and we have to removed part of her vagina.  …. Just Kidding….

 

I appeared on “The Doctors” twice where I did reenactments of questions/issues that were written in by viewers.  The first one I did a comedic spin on this issues a viewer wrote in about. “Every time I go out to eat I can barely make the short drive home without feeling I’m going to have an accident in my pants.  Why does this happen?”

 

My second appearance we did a skit about people who eat fast.  I played the husband who scarfs down his lunch while my “wife” took little, polite bites of her food.

 

9. What is your craziest work story?

 

Well…, probably the think that landed me here in Los Angeles.  I started a blog about things that I really enjoyed to do.  Like watch YouTube videos, comment on other blogs and surf the internet for better jobs than the one that I was forced to go to every day.  I started this blog one day while at work using Microsoft Word.  I wasn’t too sure which direction I wanted this blog to go in so I figured I would just type out some rants and take it from there.  So, I typed away about how I go to a thankless job every day where I just watch videos and job hunt all day long.  I also added that I curl my toes in my shoes so hard every time my boss would come into my office to keep myself screaming and walking out.  I do have to say that my boss was a really nice guy… probably too nice.  After all, I also blogged that he was a pussy and his wife has him by the balls.   I accidentally saved this to a public computer server and not my own computer’s hard drive.  I was then fired.

 

10. Tell me a WEHO joke.

 

West Hollywood is a great city.  It is very liberal but they pick and choose what they are liberal about.  For instance, a middle-aged man with a full beard can walk down Santa Monica Blvd. in a wedding gown and no one will say a word to him.  However, if someone walks down the street wearing fur, people go berserk and will torture them until they take it off!

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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