This week’s TDQ Q&A features south Florida comedian Richy Lala. Rich talks to us about the best heckling he’s ever encountered, how Bill Cosby changed his life (and no, not because of Pudding Pops) and his favorite Martin Mull-Tim Curry flick. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with comedian Richy Lala:
The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Richy Lala: When I first heard about it…I was 9 years old….my sister Gretel and I had been trail-walking when some old lady told us about it.
TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?
Lala: It’s pretty much the highlight of my life so far…I haven’t slept since I was approached.
TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?
Lala: Growing up and seeing how people/family members became happy while watching funny entertainers…no matter what was going on in our lives…as a child my entire family, all 6 of us, always sat and enjoyed the Cosby show on Thursdays…30 minutes of happiness…tip my hat to Dr. Huxtable.
TDQ: Who was your favorite comedian growing up?
Lala: Robin Williams on “Mork and Mindy” was pretty outrageous and had me in awe…and Steve Martin…saw him for the first time on the Muppet Show…which was probably my favorite comedic show of all time.
TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?
Lala: Strangely enough it was “Clue”…I was always a fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid and this was exactly a lead into dark humor for me…I’m not a dark comic on stage but I really enjoy sarcasm and dry wit….”Happiness” is one of the funniest movies out there.
TDQ: Who was your favorite story board artist growing up?
Lala: The outside of the box thinking of dr. Zeus…and Shel Silverstein….I also love Bill Waterson.
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Lala: It was a story my friend Pam Bruno told me about when she met one of my stand up idols, Mitch Hedberg. I’m not gonna go into the story, but he said to outlast everyone else. I’ve also had the pleasure to work with Hedberg’s widow, Lynn Shawcroft…one of the highlights of my career thus far.
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
Lala: One of my early favorite comics, local to Philly, about 10 years ago said, quit….unless you like misery…quit…I’ve actually been told that by several comics that I held in high regard.
TDQ: What project are you currently working on?
Lala: I recently filmed a DVD at the Funky Buddha in Boca Raton, called “Live at the Funky Buddha.” I did all of my current and previous material…get it on a good DVD and then start on my new set…trying to save money to move to Los Angeles and expand on my career…I’m gonna be releasing my Funky Buddha set on my website richylala.com in hopes to raise the $10k goal I’ve set for myself…donations are gratefully accepted via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
Lala: Honestly…besides my family…it’d be the guys and gals that I’ve been doing shows with over the last decade and that are still currently in my life…the south Florida comedy scene offers a unique comedy support system
Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A With Comedian Richy Lala will run next Friday