Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Sean Patton: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents/children (delete as applicable) think of your job?

At first they were amused because they thought it was a phase. Then they were concerned because they thought it was an obsession. Eventually they were worried because they thought it was an addiction. Nowadays they're proud because they think it's a blessing. They were right the whole time. 

 

7. What’s the worst thing about being a comedian?

Having to answer questions like this (In a Groucho Marx voice). 

 

8. I think you are very good at what you do (that’s why I’m asking these questions). What do you think of you?

Thanks! But I wouldn't wish my life on my worst enemy. Because I love my life and what I do. 

 

9. How much do you earn and how much would you like to earn?

Right now I only make around 41.5 million dollars (32,464,992.67 GBP) a year, which is pretty good, enough to get by. Sometimes it's rough. I've had to live off noodle soup for a week or two here and there. I've got a few roommates and every so often I'm late on rent and bills, but that only motivates me to hustle harder. My goal is to be worth 7 billion dollars (5,477,308,340 GBP) in the next year or two. My sights are set, I'm just gonna keep bustin' my ass so I can live the dream! 

 

10. How important is luck in terms of career success – have you had lucky breaks?

We all have breaks, some luckier than others, some unluckier than others. These days, I don't believe there's one break that will make or destroy you. I think it's all about creating a series of smaller breaks, and enjoying it, until eventually the wall between you and success comes crumbling down. 

 

11. Alan Davies has said that comedians fall into two categories - golfers and self-harmers. The former just get on with life, the latter are tortured artists. Which are you – or do you think you fit into a
third category?

There are definitely those two types, and I avoid both. I don't try to fit into any category. I do what I do and let the categorizers sort through the rubble. 

 

12. Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends or other comedians?

Willie Nelson. He lived his life on his own terms until the end. And he's still alive! 

 

13. Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why not? (please think long and hard about this question, it's to settle an argument with my girlfriend. The future of our relationship could depend on your response).

What's in your drawers is between the drawer and you. One person's mess is another's menagerie. Remember that, and she'll leave you for someone more organized. 

 

Sean Patton: Number One is at the Pleasance Courtyard from August 2 - 27. Tickets here.

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