Jerry Sadowitz has been lauded as a comedian’s comedian, performing his misanthropic comedy and magic show. Victoria Nangle asks a few questions of the famously private performer
Jerry Sadowitz was crowned 15th Greatest Comedian in Channel 4’s 2007 list of the funniest people around. He had his own television show in the ’90s, The Pall Bearer’s Revue, but apart from a few cameos, precious clips and short sets he’s stayed off the small screen since then. His taboo-busting antagonism, vitriolic and misanthropical content and stalwart outsider perspective has seen Sadowitz gather a cult following away from the popular Saturday night stand-up TV shows and Christmas DVD releases. A vehement alternative to the ‘Alternative’ comedy of the ’90s and still forging a path of his own, with several published books on magic under his belt and huge respect in both magical and comedic circles, we were very fortunate to get a chance to ask Jerry a few question of our own. Not that he was going to pull any punches with his answers…
How different is your onstage persona from the you that walks down the street afterwards?
They are both awful. The one on stage actually thinks he has something to offer. The one offstage is beyond despair, desperation and bitterness but he’s too cowardly to kill himself.
Your own delivery with comedy magic combo is incredibly unique to you and appreciated by your audiences. What’s your favourite kind of audience to receive it?
I have no idea of who it is that comes to watch me! As long as they don’t leave wanting a refund, I can breathe a sigh of relief.
How did your aggressive delivery first develop?
Intense anger of everything that I have experienced, not experienced and observed since birth. Read the rest of this article »