Drew Lausch is a New York-based stand-up who brings a ton of energy and great storytelling to the stage. You can feel how much fun he’s having and how comfortable he is with audiences. I bet he’s going to be great to hang out with at the bar, too, doing as many Jell-O shots as humanly possible. Let’s get to know Drew a bit more.
DCF: How long have you been doing stand-up? What got you into it?
Drew Lausch: I’ve been doing stand-up for about a year. During my senior year, we had to do this project called “10 minute Cabarets,” and it was essentially write a show about your life. We were supposed to incorporate a bunch of songs for the show, which I did, but the majority of my show was roasting my faculty and telling stories about baby Drew and I was hooked!
DCF: I see that you have an undergraduate degree in musical theatre. How does your training in it help your stand-up show?
DL: Stage time is stage time regardless of what you’re doing. My degree in musical theatre forced me to be on stage almost every day, which of course, wasn’t me telling jokes, but that comfort I found being on stage translates very nicely to stand-up where it can be extremely uncomfortable to be on stage. Also, it gave me a lot of gay jokes because, wow, musical theatre is gay. (In a loving, trendy way.)
DCF: You’re originally from Fargo, North Dakota. What’s the comedy scene like there? And how accurate is the movie and TV series about the city?
DL: The Fargo comedy scene isn’t necessarily booming, but I’ve done a few open mics in the “downtown” area! I wasn't super into stand-up when I lived there, so I’ve only checked it out a bit. In terms of the movie, I’ve gotten this question before and I think the accents are spot on if you meet someone who is born and raised in North Dakota. There are less wood chipper deaths, though, than I think the movie portrays. (Also, I’ve never seen the TV series, so I’m a bad North Dakotan.)
DCF: What is your dream role, either on stage or film or both?
DL: I would really love to be a character in a Star Wars movie.
DCF: What have you learned about yourself since starting stand-up?
DL: I’ve learned to look back on a lot of situations in my life where I was maybe too stressed and laugh at it. Uncomfortable situations are great for jokes, and it’s nice to have a new point of view on them. Stand-up has taught me to take certain things less seriously, and that has been a dream.
DCF: Jell-O shots are a HUGE deal at DCF (it’s the only time the Dallas Comedy House sells them). What’s your go-to Jell-O flavor?
DL: I love Jell-O shots. This is great news, for real. I like raspberry, but I am not picky.
DCF: What are you most looking forward to in Dallas and at the festival?
DL: I worked in Fort Worth a couple of years ago, so I’m definitely excited to go back and check out all of my favorite spots. (Torchy’s Tacos will be a thing every day.) Also, I really want to get back to the gay line-dancing bar -- it was my dream. I can’t wait to perform in Dallas again, and now apparently, take a LOT of Jell-O shots.
DCF: Finally, which movie star would play you in a bio-flick of your act, and what would the movie be called
DL: Ellen Degeneres, and the movie would be called Fargay.
Drew Lausch performs Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 8 p.m. and Friday, March 30, 2018, at 8 p.m.
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Jason Hensel likes books, bacon, and performing in his troupes .f.a.c.e., The 1995 Chicago Bulls, Ye Olde Comedie Guilde, and Don't Broken, Not Fixin.