Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Scott Backman Interview

Scott Backman is a professional comedian who was a joy to talk with. I highly recommend checking out his site to learn more about him, watch some of his videos, and to learn more about the organizations he's a part of! Additionally, I encourage you all to follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Check out his stuff -- he's a funny man!

1) Age: 34 years old

2) Where are you from? Mount Olive, New Jersey

3) Favorite movie? I don’t think I can pick just one so how about I pick 3. Airplane, Overboard and The Birdcage 

4) Favorite current pop song? P!nk, Just Give Me A Reason

5) I read in your “About Me” section that you decided to be a stand-up comedian after your marketing job ended. Can you tell me about your experience of uprooting yourself and going across the country? What were your emotions and thoughts during this time? What inspired you to make that decision? 

If you would have had asked me two weeks before I decided to do this, I would have told you that you were out of your friggin’ mind! The next few months of my life were never what I could have expected or dreamed would have ever happened. 

I started a blog about how I was stuck at a job where I dreaded going every day of my life. This is something I would never anyone to do while at work. And if you do, pay very close attention as to where you save documents you are using. I started a document to keep blog topics about how I hated my job. How I couldn't stand my boss, how I watched YouTube clips all day or how I really felt me coming to work everyday was pointless except for the paycheck I had relied on. Well, I had saved this document to a public server named, “TO WHAT MY LIFE HAS COME!” Long story short, my boss found it and I was “let go.” 

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr.,  “Free at last, Free at last.” I decided to take this change as an opportunity to change my life. For me to do what I really wanted to do. So after living in Boston for 11 years, I was off to Los Angeles. I’m very surprised I wasn’t nervous at all. I was leaving all my family and friends I have know to drive 3000 miles to where I had nothing. No job, no place to live and only knew 2 people. But I was off, driving across this scary county all alone. They aren’t joking when they call it the “Bible Belt.” 

6) As a supporter for Pact for Life, what would you tell someone who is going through an incredibly rough time and doesn’t think he/she has anyone to talk to?

I know of way too many occasions where people have taken their own lives because they feel alone and don’t know how to change their life to be happy. We all go through rough patches and we all need to go to the people we trust most when we fall into a dark place. Because life with out these people, are much worse than anything they are going through. None of us are alone. 

7) You are also a major supporter of the National Brain Tumor Society. Can you tell me more about this society and what your most rewarding experience has been from volunteering for them? 

In 2008 my whole family’s world stopped whey my younger brother Jonathan was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We had a 5.5-centimeter meningioma removed. Luckily it was completely benign.  He recovered like a champ is going strong today skydiving and racing his motorcycle. 

The National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. NBTS aggressively drives strategic research; advocated for public policies that meet the critical need of the brain tumor community; and provided comprehensive patient, family and caregiver resources. 

8) As an animal lover, do you have any pets? What’s your favorite animal? Are you a cat or dog man? 

I do not have any pets of my own . . . yet. I’m way too busy and it isn’t fair to have a dog that is home all day by itself. I love dogs, cats and all animals. I am planning a volunteer vacation to South Africa in the fall to help rehabilitate injured monkeys and other primates.  I can’t wait! 

9) Which do you prefer: boxers, briefs, or boxer briefs? Why?

I’m a brief kind of guy these days. They don’t ride up and are most comfortable will all the shorts and pants I wear. 

10) Do you favor any underwear brands? If so, which and why?

I don’t favor one brand, I like to try new one all the time. I have all type and styles. :)

11) What would someone find if they went through your underwear drawer?

Let me go take a look…….. They would find a very wide variety of styles from boxers, briefs, thongs and even one pair of Spanx. 

12) Do you have any funny or memorable underwear stories? 

Beside pulling an Al Roker? 

13) GQ wrote an article a few months ago stating that “tighty-whities” are stylish now. How do you feel about tighty-whities, & do you agree with GQ?

I do think tighty-whities are stylish now. But not too sure about the white part. I do enjoy wearing them and seeing others in them :)

14) You can judge a man by the type of underwear he wears – agree or disagree? Why?

Underwear is a very intimate piece of clothing. I think based upon the type of underwear a guy is wearing you can tell how comfortable they are with their body. 

15) Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? 

If I have a hidden talent, it is so hidden that I don’t even know about it. 

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