Q&A with Last Comic Standing’s Andy Erikson


Andy Erikson a comedian with The Last Comic Standing Sept. 30.

Abbey Lingenfelter

NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” brought shenanigans of all forms to Stephens Auditorium on Tuesday.

Comedians Andy Erikson, Clayton English, Dominique, Ian Bagg and Michael Palascak performed live on stage.

In a recent phone interview with finalist Andy Erikson, Ames 24/7 got insight on the “Last Comic Standing” tour, Erikson’s love for unicorns and what it was like to be on the show.

Q: What was it like being on “Last Comic Standing”?

A: It was pretty crazy because it had always been my dream to be on the show. So, while I was there, it was just kind of like being in a dream world. But also being, like, really nervous [and] afraid that you were gonna mess up. But it definitely felt like a dream [because] like what’s Norah O’Donnell doing here? Or like, why is there all this food everywhere? Everything was just like someone’s doing my makeup?

Q: What is it like to perform shows nearly every night?

A: It’s been so crazy. It’s like a roller coaster because you are so excited, and then you’re back on the bus, and then you are so excited again, and then you’re back. Usually you have three or four shows in a row, and then you have two or three days off. So we are all just getting used to it still. Just sitting on the bus, hanging out with the same people every day. But we have all been getting along very well, so it’s been exciting. I like, I love road trips, so it really has been fun.

Q: What made you like unicorns so much?

A: When I was little I liked to draw them. For some reason, I remember all the other girls liking horses, and I was like, “Um, unicorns are way better than horses.” So ever since I was little I kind of liked all animals too, but unicorns are like the ones I think are the most magical. So I was kind of drawn to them too.

Q: Have you ever felt completely starstruck?

A: Yeah, I went into the bathroom, and I ran into Wanda Sykes. [I] saw her in there, and she was talking to someone, and they wanted to get a picture with her, and she was like, “I don’t do pictures in the bathroom.” And so I just went into the bathroom stall and just kind of stood there, like waiting for her to leave … But just before she leaves she knocked on my stall and goes, “Hey, you’re funny!” And I just peered my head over the stall and go, “Thank you!”

Q: What size audience do you enjoy performing for?

A: [T]he bigger the better. If it is sold out, that’s very good. [S]o far we have done shows anywhere from 500 to 2,000, and you can’t really see anybody really. You can just hear the laughter. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter, just a big crowd is always really fun. I mean, anything over 50, and I’m pretty happy.

Q: Do you ever get stage fright?

A: Oh yeah, like I still get nervous before every show. Even though I know it’s going to be fine, I just get nervous because you never really know what’s going to happen. And I think it’s just my body preparing to battle.

Q: Do you have a favorite joke?

A: I have a joke, it’s called the sheep joke, it’s like, I did it on the finale episode, and it’s pretty fun. It’s just really silly, and people get kind of weirded out by it, but I really like doing it.

Erikson will continue touring with other members of “NBC’s Last Comic Standing” season nine.