Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Marcus Monroe: Page 2 of 2

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

My parents love that I am doing what I love for a job.  They saw that this was something I wanted to do from a very young age and have gone above and beyond. I think they'd support me no matter what though. I'd like to think even if times got bad and I had to sell black tar heroin, they'd be right there helping me design some clever business card. 


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

I thought the drugs would be free. They are not. 


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 for the compliment! I think I'm on the right track. Nothing in my career has gone the way I thought it would. Maybe that's because I keep changing my vision board.  I stand by my show, I think it's good and I think if I was in the audience I would be entertained. I like to think I'm a nice guy, you can't really get that far in this business without being a good person. 


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

That changes each year so much. Some years I can make well over 100k other years I'm asking my parents for help.  Of course I'd like to earn a shit ton of money, but like they say "Mo Money = Mo Problems." Who is Mo by the way? 


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

I think a lot of it is who knows you, who meets you, who sees you, who likes you, who needs you... a lot of it is reputation and word of mouth.  One lucky break I've had is actually how I got this show (The Rise and Fall of Marcus Monroe) produced in Edinburgh. Long story short: I emailed a producer back in 2012 to come see me perform. She declined. A few times a year I'd keeping emailing her and she would always say "No thanks." Then her friend saw me perform and booked me at a venue in NYC. The producer finally came and two years later I'm at the Fringe with her. It worked out for her though, because one day I'm gonna make her hundreds of dollars. 


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? 

I think it's very clear while watching my show that I deal with a lot of anxiety, stress, self-deprecation, and humility.  I put my body in dangerous situations just to get a laugh, but I also am fairly passive. So to answer your question, I think I'm a self-harmer trying to be a golfer. 


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

Huge fan of Andy Kaufman. I'm still really inspired by him. From his wrestling to his acting to his alter egos he's just an all around great talent. His brother and I have gotten fairly close within the last few years and he also shares the same childlike spirit that I saw in Andy.  I think people who come to my show may see that influence.  


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).  


That's a lot of pressure.  I think this could be a trick question because drawers could mean underwear and it also could mean actual drawers in my dresser.  So, yes, I keep my underwear fresh at all times, and there's no way in hell my drawers in my dresser are tidy.  I'm on the go so much that even if something looks like a piece of clothing, it goes into my drawers. That's how I lost one of my cats, but that's a whole another story. 

The Rise and Fall of Marcus Monroe is at Assembly George Square Gardens from August 3 - 27. Tickets here.




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