Phoenix, AZ — Sitting in the front row during a comedy set with Jonathan Gregory is about the worst possible thing you could ever do in life. This guy knows how to work a room; picking out the weakest link and then devouring them with his hard-hitting, extremely uncomfortable, serial-killer-ish, style of humor. Nothing is off limits to Gregory.
I remember being at a party about a year ago with Jonathan. He walked up to me without saying a word. He then proceeded to look me directly in the eyes for what seemed like an eternity, then took his attention off me and gradually looked around the room, eying each person there. Then Gregory turns back to me and in a deep voice slowly says, “Which one would you kill first?”
With his signature black shirt, long hair and menacing facial expressions, this dude is creepy and it all adds to the fun of his act.
Gregory’s comedy, although unique and different, has been well received by a wide variety of audiences. This includes bars, theaters, world-class comedy clubs and even retirement homes. Gregory has over 10 million views on his YouTube page and his television credits include Showtime Boxing, NBC’s Last Comic Standing season 6, and E! Network’s True Hollywood Stories Investigates Hazing.
According to Gregory’s website, he spent over a year on a weekly morning radio program called “Think Tank Tuesday” which was part of the Morning Infidelity on KWSS 106.7FM. There his awkward take on the daily news brought laughter to listeners as they went about their morning commute. Gregory’s stand-up has been featured at the SLO Comedy Festival, Ventura Comedy Festival, the iO West Comedy Festival in Hollywood, Comedy Central’s “Up Next” Contest, Rooftop Comedy, and he was named Arizona’s best comedic writer by judges at the Tempe Improv.
THE INTERVIEW BEGINS…
Paul Horner: Jonathan, thank you so much for taking the time to sit down and talk with with us. I’m sure you have quite the busy schedule so all the appreciation here is on this side of table. We will begin with some simple questions first and then we can go from there. Let us begin with your beginnings of your genius, shall we? What made you decide to get into the competitive world of standup comedy?
Jonathan Gregory: Best day ever!
Gregory, proceeded to get up slowly, looked me straight in the eyes for about 8 minutes; and for the record neither he or I flinched once, and then left me with a scribbled up piece of paper to a Youtube video. This is when Gregory jumped through the ceiling and I didn’t hear from him again. He was not answering his cell phone or emails and the receptionist for his manager said he had flown to Columbia indefinitely. Though, overall I would say it was a great interview!
So what is next for Jonathan Gregory? Well, I suppose that is the million dollar question. My guess: Prison or Conan.
Below is the link to the video that Jonathan Gregory gave me. I’m still not sure what he means by it. But hey, he’s the artist. I can understand an artist just like I can understand what it is like to taste the color red… which I actually can do on DMT or Ketamine.
I hope you enjoyed my full interview with Jonathan Gregory and his video recommendation.