By David Gavri
It took Chase Durousseau just two years to be crowned as Houston’s funniest person back in 2008. In 2011 he was voted as one of the “Top 3 Funniest Comics in Texas”. He’s opened up for the nation’s biggest comedians. The list includes: Damon Wayans, Louis CK, Bill Burr, Russell Peters, Gabriel Iglesias, and Jo Koy. And that’s just some of them.
Chase Durousseau has taken his comedic talents across the globe, performing in Iraq and Kuwait for the U.S. military. He recently performed in the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. And he’s even been heard on Sirius XM Radio’s Raw Dog Comedy. His easy going, fearlessly laid back personality has consistently make him a crowd favorite. And he’s with us today to tell it like it is.
First and foremost, who are your comedic influences?
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective came out when I was in the fifth grade and I remember thinking “OH MY GOD I can do that for a living?! I’m in.”
And then I found out Pet Detectives have to actually like animals and I was like “I’m out.”
Speaking of odd jobs, what’s the worst job you’ve ever worked?
Marble Slab Creamery. I got the job, clocked in for a couple hours, tasted their ice cream and clocked right back out. I guess it must be an acquired taste.
Besides the ice cream from Marble Slab Creamery, what’s your biggest pet peeve?
As a comedian, tell us about your worst gig.
It was a sold out show, and as I climbed on stage, I slipped and fell face first on the stage. I was so green I didn’t even acknowledge it. I just started doing my jokes as if nothing ever happened. I wasn’t getting any laughs.
I started sweating in places I didn’t even know I could sweat at. Like, my sweat had sweat. Finally, at one point I stopped talking, looked at the crowd and in a moment of clarity said, “So… earlier I probably should have mentioned when I fell on my face, right?” Then everyone laughed at how dumb I was.
You’ve made a great name for yourself since then. What words of wisdom (besides NOT falling flat on your face on stage) can you pass on to the younger comics?
Advice is theoretical. Period. So if anyone gives me any, I just take it with a grain of salt and do what I like.
Well said. Any favorite quotes?
“Advice is theoretical.” -Chase Durousseau
You always find a way to make us laugh. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
I always wanted to, but I was always too scared to go a comedy club as a patron because of that one scene in The Nutty Professor. So I figured I should watch a lot of shows as an employee to see how these comics work. So I got a part-time job at a comedy club.
The first night was two shows… I saw the first show and I was really impressed and I thought everyone did a good job. Then I watched the second show and when I realized they were doing the exact same jokes, that it was all just an act with worked out material, I was like, “Oh, cool… I’m funnier than all these guys.”
If you could sum up your own act in just one word, what would it be?
What do you like to do when you’re not on stage?
Fantasize about what I’m going to do the next time I’m on stage.
So where does Chase Durousseau expect to see himself in the near future? Better yet where should the fans expect to see you in the near future?
Fans? (Laughs) I don’t think I have a legion of fans yet, but I don’t want to jinx myself with this answer, so let’s just say I’ll be having fun wherever I’m at in the near future, sleeping on someone’s floor and eating peanut butter.
Favorite TV shows?
Whatever I’m currently watching is usually my favorite. Right now on my phone I’ve got a lot of Doctor Who, Eastbound & Down and South Park.
Who’s your all time favorite cartoon character?
Me. Sometimes I dream in 2D, when I want to.
Me. (Chase pulls out an apple, rubs it on his vest and bites it.)
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Interviewed by Steven Padilla
Written by David Gavri