Seizure Kaiser is an up and coming, local comedian. His comedy style can be described as sarcastic and cynical with a dark edge. Seizure will be wearing his 'Super Villain' cape and performing his 'Director's Cut' comedy show at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, as part of the 2013 Sydney Comedy Festival.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Seizure Kaiser; see what we discussed below.
1. How long have you been doing comedy for?
I'd say it's a ten year apprentice and I'm six years in. I worked on my '12 steps show' for three years before I felt it was ready.
2. Why did you get into comedy?
I didn't intend to. I was making a film about my mate, Mikey, who's a comedian. He signed me up to an open mike comedy room without my knowledge. They called my name and the next thing I was on stage telling a joke about being a black belt ninja. It got some laughs and I was addicted. I thought it was easy but every joke after that bombed. But the instant gratification had me hooked.
3. After that, did you actively seek to be a comedian and take classes? No, none of that, I'm lazy! In the first year I probably only gigged about twenty times. It's not enough. You have to be prepared to gig at least once a week. After a couple of years gigging, I realised I needed to hone my personality.
4. Do you write your comedy like a script?
I do. Comedian Steve Hughes told me... 'Ideas and memories are two different things. Staple it down'. 70% of the comedy is the performance. 30% is the jokes. After that, it depends on the night, the audience and my mood. If I'm angry I usually perform better but if I'm over- confident I suck. I don't read the audience properly. It's a fine balance. My first two jokes are my tests on the audience. I start with a pun and if it fails, I try to see where my audience stand morally.
5. What's the best thing and worst thing about being a comedian?
The audience in both cases. They have the power to make you feel amazing or they can make you feel like killing yourself after a gig. You have to figure out who your audience is. If you're going to ask the audience a question, be prepared for the weirdest answers.
6. How do you prepare before a performance?
I practise my set. If another comedian is on before me, I watch the audience's reaction. After my gig, I just hang out and relax and talk to other comedians.
7. What advice do you have for other young people who want to be successful at comedy?
Practice. Get the shitty jokes out of your system, find your voice and then you're ready to be a comedian. People want new and fresh, not the same old jokes. You want a repeat audience as well as one offs. It's not like music where people want the hits. With comedy the audience want to see how funny you can be every time.
8. Which comedians do you rate?
Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Fiona O'loughlin, Kitty Flanagan.