Comedian Brad Williams Proves That Sometimes Humping a Chick's Leg Can Lead to a Career
I'll admit...I feel good about talking to someone that I might actually be taller than. It's few and far between in my life. As they say, good things come in small packages and when it comes to comedian Brad Williams, don't let his miniature frame fool you because this guy is supplying gigantic laughs. Matter of fact, his big personality has landed him roles on Mind of Mencia, appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has also made him a favorite on KROQ.
This January 3rd-6th (Thursday through Sunday) Orange County native Brad Williams is hitting up familiar stomping grounds when he headlines the Brea Improv. Before he brings down the house in Brea, we had the chance to talk to him about how he got his start, what's coming up next, and his pension for giving ultra-sexy lap dances.
*Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness at Gibson Amphitheatre, April 7, 2012
*Felipe Esparza Talks About the Time He Almost Got Shot Over a Stolen Beach Cruiser
*Carlos Mencia talks South Park, Name Changes, and Family Dysfunction
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I had a chance to see you perform at this year's April Foolishness when you gave KROQ's Lisa May a lap dance. Who do you credit for giving you moves like that?
Brad Williams: If I credit my mom you'd probably judge my family! I got those moves from a combination of places. I learned to dance in Jr. High because when the first dance happened I was like, I'm gonna dance but then, all the cool kids weren't dancing. So I wasn't dancing. And all the nerds were dancing but they had girls with them so I thought, "Hmmm, maybe I should give this dancing thing a shot! So I literally went home and started watching MTV when they actually played videos and started mimicking the moves that I saw. So the next time there was a dance, I was just owning it! I was break-dancing, C-walking, I was doing everything. It was pretty much like a midget version of Step Up.
Yeah but I doubt MTV taught you those sexy lap dance moves. Unless I missed that episode of The Grind.
Well, once I started doing the lap dance, I did go to a couple of strip clubs for research. I know it sounds cheesy but I hate strip clubs. I really don't like to go because I don't like it when people are fake to me and that's what the dancers are. It's fake niceness. I mean, sure they have boobs but...
Right... So how'd you end up doing so much stuff with KROQ?
Me being on April Foolishness was literally like a two year plan that my brother-in-law and I hashed out. Kevin and Bean do this Miss Double D-cember pageant and that occurs right across the street from my house at The Slide Bar in Fullerton. So I went there and talked and charmed my way back stage and when they announced the winner of the pageant, I just ran on stage and started humping her leg. No one game me permission, I just did it and it made everybody laugh. It also made people realize who I was so that put me on the map. Then the owner of the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club (Frank Kelley) introduced me to Ralph Garman who does his podcast there and Ralph was familiar with me from the pageant. We started talking and Ralph started following me on Twitter. I would post jokes and he would re-tweet them and that would get me a lot more followers. To thank him, I stopped by his podcast one night and brought him a really nice bottle of whiskey and nothing helps grease the wheels like alcohol. So Ralph asked me when I was going to come in and do the morning show and since I had a date coming up I was like, let's do it to plug a date. They had me on, thought I was funny, and then they were like, what are doing next April? I was like, doing your April Foolishness show. They kept up with me throughout the months leading up to that and allowed me to plug dates, if anything dwarf related came up they would call me, and whenever Ralph would be out I would come in and do the Showbiz Beat.
I love that it all started with you humping a leg! It's all about your gyrations!
It really is. I've gotten many compliments. [Laughs.]
Well I think I can speak for many when I say, I love hearing you on KROQ and I love KROQ in general. You kill every time.
As someone who goes around and does radio literally in every state, you don't realize just how good Kevin and Bean are. They're amazing, Ralph is ridiculously talented, and to be associated with them on a morning show, I could not be happier or more honored.
And I know you like the music too because I read that you were also in a band back in the day.
Wow. You really did your research! When I say I was in a band, I was really just the hype man. I was just the guy with the microphone that sang random lyrics, breakdanced, and kept the crowd into it. I didn't play or rehearse, I just showed up for the show and went crazy.
So did you think that was the life for you or did you know you wanted to be a comic?
I didn't know I wanted to be a comedian until I saw my first stand-up show. I went to the Brea Improv to see Carlos Mencia and during his act, he starts doing midget jokes. Half the crowd is laughing and the other half is like, ehh hemmm check out to my left. Mencia noticed there was a divide in the audience and stops the show to say, "Why aren't you guys laughing at this? What? Is one of them here?" I raised my creepy little hand in the air and he didn't flinch, he just called me up to the stage and said he wanted to talk to me. He asked me some questions and in the process of answering them, I got laughs. When that happened and I got laughs on the Brea Improv stage, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I had to do it. It was like the first shot of heroin, it was the first cigarette, it was whatever vice is the most addictive. That is what that moment was.
So no stage fright?
None at all. In high school I did a ton of theatre. I went to Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton and did theatre and improv comedy there. All of that got me ready so I didn't have stage fight at all. I was used to it by then.
Give us the scoop on your podcast "About Last Night." You and Adam have a great banter.
My co-host Adam Ray is a talented comedian and we've known each other since we went to USC together so we get along. It's two comedians just hanging out but at the same time, we're not naive to think, we'll just talk and that'll be funny. We have stuff that we do like "interrupting Tony Danza," we have "this week in twelve year old girl news," and we have "what will Adam believe," because Adam will believe anything. We have a lot of fun doing it and our fans see that. Our listeners are awesome and even quote stuff from old episodes. It's really great. All I can tell you is that our podcast has crazy stories about Jews and midgets and that is pretty entertaining. It's hard to hear a story about Jews and midgets that doesn't make you think, tell me more!
Do you feel like you have more to prove when do you do a show in Brea because it's a hometown scenario?
Absolutely! There is always something about coming home. People aren't really discovering me here because they know me already so whenever I have a local show, I have to write some new stuff and it has to be good. There are fans that have been coming to see me for eight years or have known me since Jr. High so I have to have new things to keep them coming back and to please them. So far it's been great. I can't tell you how much fun I have performing for hometown shows, I really love them.
Follow Brad on Twitter @FunnyBrad, check out his website www.BradWilliamsComedy.com for upcoming tour dates, and tune in to the "About Last Night" podcast to get your laugh on. Grab your tickets now to see Brad at the Brea Improv this Thursday through Sunday (January 3rd-6th) by calling 714-482-0700 or by logging onto www.improv.com. The Improv is located at 120 South Brea Blvd. Brea, CA 92821.