Dan St. Germain made his "network television debut" overnight on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and aside from the ECNY nod in his introduction, St. Germain also shows off his hair and lets you know the difference between being an alcoholic and a chocoholic.
Trust me. There's a difference.
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On MTV's World of Jenks, filmmaker Andrew Jenks picks a different subject to follow around and document to show what life is like for us now. Last night's episode found Jenks following rising stand-up comedian Dan St. Germain through New York City's open mic and indie comedy scene as he prepared for a one-night-only headlining set at Comix in September.
Readers of The Comic's Comic already know about Dan St. Germain, as I profiled St. Germain in a "Meet Me In New York" back in February.
But this is illuminating on another level, as we get a bit more of a glimpse of the good, bad and ugly in an aspiring comedian's work-week. You can watch the full episode online. Do it!
Want to see more? Here are some "Director's Cut" clips that didn't make it to the MTV on TV. First, Dan St. Germain tells Jenks he'd be OK with a normal life. Whatever that means.
And this is a scene in which St. Germain claims his last check from his "day job" as a museum security guard. "Time to do this for real!"
Despite our belief that the Internet demands immediate attention and responses, sometimes things take time. Patience, my little crickets. So maybe it took a year and a half after the 92YTribeca's spoof of the New York Times "Weekender" ads for someone to produce what the New York Post's ad might look like. And that someone was comedian Jordan Carlos. Funny friends here include Dan St. Germain, Chris Grace, Jamie Kilstein and Liz Miele. "It costs less than Skittles!" That maybe one of the new quotes I can use that's not NSFW.
Which means, enjoy!
The full cast: Jordan Carlos, Jesse Ruuttila, Katharine Heller, Lynne Rosenberg, Mary Catherine Green, Matthew Maragno, Chris Grace, Jamie Kilstein, Liz Miele, Wil Petre, Molly Knefel, John Knefel, Dan St. Germain, Sean O'Connor, Charlie Kasov, Jay Nog
What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a new recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York's vibrant comedy scene. It's called Meet Me In New York.
You know how they say sometimes you need to leave the city you live in to find success? Well, most comedians who move to New York City do that, but I bring it up because the first time I really saw the funny potential of one Dan St. Germain, we were both in Boston and not one of the many NYC shows at which I could have seen him. St. Germain might not have won 2009's Boston Comedy Festival contest, but under all of that hair there's some funny stuff coming out of his mouth. He also went to college in Evansville, Indiana, which is about as close as I can come to finding a funny Indiana transplant not named Jim Gaffigan in advance of the Colts trip to the Super Bowl. Fun facts. Let's find out more!
Name: Dan St. Germain
Arrival date: May 2006
Arrived from: College in Indiana though I’m originally from Jersey.
When and where did you start performing comedy? I‘d done standup three or four times before I came here. Once in college, three times in high school. I guess I really got my start in NYC, Sept 2006.
What was your best credit before moving here? As far as my best credit before NYC is concerned, I’ll go with the one show where I wasn’t heckled. I opened for my friend’s jam band. I think it’s cause everybody was tripping really hard and they were too scared to tell me I sucked.
Why did you pick NYC over LA or anywhere else? I picked NYC because I don’t have a car and cocaine was more expensive in LA at the time. In LA everyone’s act is just another way for them to show off their acting chops. “My Boss is meaner than Richard the 3rd! You don’t know who Richard the 3rd is? Let me refresh you… “Tis’ the winter of our discontent…