Adam Hunter: Giving Back And Giving Laughs
FLOC (Future Leaders Of our Community) is an organization whose main focus is to get young professionals engaged with doing service work, philanthropic work, and volunteer work in the community. They act as a bridge builder to help young professionals get involved in non-profits and recognize that you can't be a leader unless you are doing something to give back.
Over the years they have partnered with 70+ non-profits in our community and at Wednesday's "R" for Radical show at the Irvine Improv, they will be holding an event to bring awareness to the non-profit, Miracles For Kids.
Comedian Adam Hunter will be headlining the show and this guy knows a thing or two about giving back as well as knowing how to provide the funny. Come out and learn, network, and of course be prepared to laugh a lot courtesy of Adam Hunter!
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): How long had you been doing comedy before you did "Last Comic Standing?"
Adam Hunter: I did it for eleven years. I started in New York City in laundry mats, supermarkets, anywhere. Then I got on Last Comic after my third time auditioning for it.
Would you say the show changed your life?
Yeah definitely. I got to tour the whole country afterwards and had national recognition. It was great.
You've performed all over from here to overseas, which place was the best of all?
I do comedy with the military often. I was over in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Djibouti...over there those guys and girls need the laughs the most. They're the best crowds.
All comics deal with hecklers, but does the thought of insanely wasted heckler make you nervous?
I've been nervous a couple of time that after shows I'd get attacked! Normally if someone is heckling me it doesn't bother me, as long as it's not out of anger. A lot of times people are just trying to be funny but when they're being dicks about, that's when it gets rough. Normally it doesn't come down to that.
I noticed that you're pretty busy these days. What are you currently working on?
I just filmed a show on Fuel TV called Kamikaze Comedy which is coming out soon. It's like stand-up comedy where people don't expect it. Like these people think they're out on a date, or seeing a motivational speaker, but they get comedians. I also do a thing called MMA Roasted where I roast fighters. Also, I coach a wrestling team for a middle school kids and I love that. I love giving back and there is nothing like making people laugh. It's the greatest feeling in the world.
Are you excited to team up with FLOC and Miracles for Kids at the Improv?
Yeah. I got involved with FLOC though a friend named Andrea who recommended me. I'm excited for the show, I can't wait. I'm all for the charity and I'm all for helping people. I love it.
Some people think they need to curb the language for charity benefits. I've heard your set and it begs the question...do you plan to curb your language?
No. I mean, not unless they ask me! As long as there aren't kids there it'll be fine. People need to laugh. Stand-up comedy is my passion and to me, I'm giving the gift of making people laugh and they're giving me a gift by laughing. It's a win-win!
Adam Hunter performs at the Irvine Improv this Wednesday (3/28) at www.improv.com or call (949) 854-5455. Check out Adam's website for upcoming dates and videos at www.adamhunter.com or follow him on Twitter @AdamComedian. Get more information about FLOC by visiting their website www.oc.flocers.org and see how you can help Miracles for Kids at www.miraclesforkids.org. The Improv is located at 71 Fortune Drive Irvine.
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