Ten Questions With Marcus Cardona

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Marcus Cardona is a New York City based comedian, writer, actor, and producer who performs throughout the city. The Maine born Filipino-American comedian began performing in 2011, after forming the YouTube sketch comedy group, Pinetree Comedy. Assistant manager at Brooklyn House Of Comedy, helping develop new talent in Brooklyn, a power house of a producer with a build your stage and kill it too energy the host of a variety of shows that have included Bassanova Ramen shop based comedy show, Send Noods in New York City’s Chinatown, even during the pandemic producing a sold out Cabin Fever: An Outdoor Comedy Show For A Socially Distant Time in collaboration with Empire Comedy Club at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine, and producing New York City’s first comedy scene only comedy awards show The Bombys which was hosted in 2020 at Bushwick’s The Tiny Cupboard.

He's on our show on tonight with Katie Haller & James Camacho.

We caught up with him to ask a few ridiculous questions.

asembl: How long have you been doing standup comedy?

MC: 9 year mark next month.

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

MC: The best gig I ever had I'd say was producing and performing my ramen shop comedy show Send Noods. The worst gig was a cancer fundraiser comedy event with most of the audience being cancer patients - I like to challenge myself but that's alot.

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

MC: The best gig I ever had I'd say was producing and performing my ramen shop comedy show Send Noods. The worst gig was a cancer fundraiser comedy event with most of the audience being cancer patients - I like to challenge myself but that's alot.

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

MC: The best gig I ever had I'd say was producing and performing my ramen shop comedy show Send Noods. The worst gig was a cancer fundraiser comedy event with most of the audience being cancer patients - I like to challenge myself but that's alot.

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

MC: I grew up a minority in the whitest state in the US - Maine. Then I realized Maine was a minority to the rest of the US. A minority of a minority if you will.

asembl: Which comics have influenced you the most? 

MC: I grew up a minority in the whitest state in the US - Maine. Then I realized Maine was a minority to the rest of the US. A minority of a minority if you will.

asembl: Which of the following is the threshold at which you consider a gig to be well paid?

o  Having to pay to perform.

o  Not getting anything.

o  Few free drinks.

o  Any money at all.

o  $20 or more.

MC: New York has abused me as a comic but if I can get drinks or snacks. I'm happy at the lowest level.

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

MC: Creatively I've been cabin-in-the-woodsing it really just getting over alot of ego stuff and cerebral creative blocks and trying to find different ways to connect with audiences. Definitely writing more, refining and reorganizing sets constantly.

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

MC: I've dabbled in some Zoom therapy. I was just grateful for being able to do live shows more than Zoom shows. Diet live interaction it feels like alot.

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

MC: Unhappily Ever After by a long shot. Schizophrenia bunnies!

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