Dan Crohn has been performing stand up comedy in and around Boston for years. His jokes can be heard on XM Radio and he has been a guest on the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. His former day job of teaching 4th graders has provided him with endless amount of material. He has wanted to be a comedian since the age of eight when he stumbled upon his Father’s Henny Youngman records. A semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and the Laughing Skull Festival, Dan’s stories of family and friends have entertained audiences from all over the country. Dan was named one of the top 100 comics for Season 9 of Last Comic Standing.
Thank you so much for joining us Dan! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Growing up my parents sort of installed comedy into my upbringing. My Dad owned a record store in the 70s and I can remember listening to stand up albums as early as 8 years old. I owe my folks everything for exposing me to shows like Comic Relief, Living Color and The Simpsons. Comedy was a huge part of my childhood.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Being able to work with some of my most favorite comics has been surreal. Iʼve opened for Dave Attell, Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope and John Oliver. Just having the opportunity to watch these guys work has been amazing. The fact that I can share a green room with these guys and talk comedy have been some of the high points of my career.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
One time at a fundraiser when I was starting out, I had a whole bunch of jokes about homeless people and I didnʼt realize that the fundraiser was for a soup kitchen. I bombed terribly. It taught me some valuable lessons to not make jokes about people in need and to write smarter material. It also taught me to remember to ask what the fundraisers are raising money for, before I go on stage.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Iʼm currently gathering material to release my second album and it has been so much fun to start from scratch. Itʼs not really about writing new jokes as opposed to writing better jokes. That has been the greatest part in this whole process. I love the creation and refinement of jokes. Itʼs my biggest addiction.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
A couple of summers ago I wrote jokes for a nationally known comedian. Although I canʼt tell you who he is, the experience was really cool and I have never done anything like that before. Sorry no name dropping here.
Thank you for your time!