LAist Interview: Comedian Hal Sparks - Appearing Tonight at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills
You know Hal Sparks from hosting "Talk Soup" on E!, or as Michael from "Queer as Folk", or even from VH1's "I Love the..." series. Sparks has a local appearance before heading back out on national tour. He's also got a TV show and a couple feature films in the works, not to mention voicing Tak in Nikelodeon's "Tak & the Power of Juju" - LAist was pleased to be able to ask the busy Sparks a few questions before his appearance tonight at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills with fellow "Talk Soup" alum, Aisha Tyler.
Listen to the entire interview here:
LAist: Who inspired you to get into comedy?
Hal Sparks: I'm definitely influenced by George Carlin and Steve Martin. I appreciate the all the work that went into the writing of George Carlin's comedy, and the esoteric silliness of Steve Martin. In a lot of ways, comedy is the last pure art form for performers, it's just you and your ideas, that's why I love it so much.
LAist: It's just about you and the audience.
Hal Sparks: It's especially about connectedness, shared experience, agreement, and a low tolerance for BS. I think that's ultimately the stand-up credo: let's not BS ourselves. It's about breaking stuff down that we take for granted, whether it's colloquialisms or mass marketing and applying a perspective is a centerpoint of my stand-up. The one thing that keeps us all from present-minded living is assumptive behavior. We know how we're supposed to react to things and we go through our lives by rote, it becomes a mechanical way of living that we get stuck in - a lot of that is based on horseshit. A lot of that is based on wildly false assumptions and silly automatic behaviors. Comedy has more of an opportunity than anything to break that down and allow you a moment to break that, realize it's hilarious, and pay attention to your own life.