Ten Questions with Nathan Orton

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Nathan Orton is a NYC-based comedian who has written for multiple Comedy Central roasts and opened for several comedy legends, such as Dave Attell and John Witherspoon. He started comedy in St Louis, where he won the ‘Funniest in the City’ contest twice. He’s silly, dark, and probably bipolar.

He's on our show tonight, together with Anya Volz & Kimberly Dinaro.

We caught up with him to ask a few questions.

asembl: How long have you been doing standup comedy?

NO: 7 years.

asembl: What’s the best gig you ever had? The worst? 

NO: Headlining Wiley’s in September; doing 45 minutes inside was nice after only doing 5 minutes in parks for the past 4 months.

asembl: A lot of comics have been doing outdoor gigs since the pandemic struck. If you’ve done any, how terrible has that been?

NO: A pigeon shit in my mouth.

asembl: Other than yourself, name a comedian that nobody knows today but you think everybody will know in two years.

NO: Vincent Bryant

asembl: What early trauma was most influential in bringing you to stand up comedy?

NO: I was made fun of a lot as a kid, had nothing to do but video games but was then shamed for it by my family, I had heart surgery when I was two weeks old and felt like I was going to die a lot, I had reconstructive hip surgery when I was in my early 20’s, and I lost my virginity when I was 21 years old and then she became a born again virgin. I was also attacked by a dog in Pennsylvania when I was three. I also went thru a phase where I shit my pants a lot.

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asembl: Which comics have influenced you the most?

NO: Patrice O’Neal, Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, Norm Macdonald, Dave Attell, Doug Stanhope, Rory Scovel, Greg Giraldo.

asembl: Which of the following is the threshold at which you consider a gig to be well paid?
(a)  Having to pay to perform.
(b)  Not getting anything.
(c) Few free drinks.
(d)  Any money at all.
(e)  $20 or more.

NO: $100 or more.

asembl: How has the pandemic impacted you creatively? Are you writing more, less or the same now?

NO: more.

asembl: How have you adjusted to Zoom therapy / AA / etc.?

NO: I don't think that I have.

asembl: Best puppet based sitcom: Alf or Unhappily Ever After?

NO: Haven’t seen either but I know that Alf gets murdered after the last episode.

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