Penn Staters of New York: Brandon Scott Wolf, 2011 alum
Brandon Scott Wolf is a Brooklyn-based comedian and a graduate of the College of Communications at Penn State.
"When I first started out at Penn State, I wasn’t really involved in any student activities outside one or two clubs. There was nothing that I really felt attached to. In the beginning of my sophomore year, I went to one of the activity fairs at the HUB and there was a group there called PHROTH. They were the humor magazine at Penn State. I grabbed a magazine and a flier and it said to come to a room that night at 6 p.m. in the HUB, so I did. The room was filled with a bunch of people like me. It was a bunch of folks who love comedy and who love making other people laugh. So I found a little niche there."
"I started writing a lot and within in a couple of months I wanted to try and perform stand-up. I went to an open mic on campus and it was hosted by a group called SOMA. They only had about one or two open mics a semester. So I went to the one that they were offering and I just loved it. That was it. I didn’t ever look back."
"I moved to New York City to write and then I realized people didn’t care about my writing because they didn’t see my face. So I started writing monologue jokes at my parents’ house to contribute as a writer for Saturday Night Live's weekend update."
"I wrote about 700 to 800 pages of jokes over the course of a year. On stage, I essentially had to do monologue jokes, but I realized that I just couldn’t memorize that many. Luckily it was only two minutes, so I didn’t really have to do much. It's interesting because I started performing with this slow cadence. When I’m on stage I don’t even know I’m talking that slow, but people tell me I do. Slowly but surely, I’ll get to a punch line. That’s my delivery style and that’s everything in my life."
"I think I’m doing comedy my way and that’s the only way I know how to do it. Everyone has a unique voice, perspective and ability to write stories and tell jokes. If you see me perform stand-up, it’s the only way to see me if that’s makes sense. In fact, I think everyone has the ability to get on stage, but not everyone has the ability to get on stage and make people laugh."
"By and large, people message me on Facebook and Twitter, places like that, and say ‘Oh, I love this joke’ and ‘I love that joke.’ Or they say ‘you’re the only person who has ever said anything like that.’ I think that’s phenomenal — to be able to put yourself out there, whether on social media or on stage in front of 60, 75 or 100 people, and just make others laugh."
"I’ve been doing stand-up for about 8 years now. I feel like every year, there’s like two or three moments where I think ‘Hey, I’m really happy that I get to do this and be myself.’ I would say I have a very interesting lifestyle. I don’t really have a 9 to 5. I don't keep those hours, but I’m consistently working on random projects and jokes. I’ve even written for television, which is so incredible to say for someone in their mid-20s."
"Usually, you only get four years but Penn State’s great. It’s a place that I always want to go back to and see a football game. It’s a place that I’ll always go back to perform comedy. Quite frankly: It’s a place I’ll always go back to."
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