Comedian Shawn Halpin Hates Being Late, Loves...Baby Wipes?
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]
Tina Compise/Quickstyle Photography When you try to Jesus up your comedy it just doesn't work for me.
Texas native Shawn Halpin is a god damn hero having served our country as a Marine and when he takes his talent to the stage, he's an all-around entertainer. This comedic bearded bandit has dazzled crowds all over the world and with an incredible podcast "The Full Count" and a new CD out called "Texas Crude," we figured there was no better time to engage Halpin in a little game we like to call, "Quick Questions."
What are three words that you totally hate? Ointment, moist, and jewelry. Either people say jew-rey or jewela-rie. Jizzelry. Grossss!
Biggest pet peeve- People that are late. The military kind of taught me "fifteen minutes prior" so I'm usually on time.
Craziest thing you've ever done while drunk- I'm not sure if I've done anything really crazy. We used to go to this bar and I'd grab a whole stack of napkins, throw them up in the air, and they'd come down like confetti. The whole place would go crazy. We'd call it, "dancing in the napkins." Everyone loved it except for the people that had to clean up the bar. I used to work at the bar that we did that at and they weren't too happy about it but, we'd still do it anyway.
What's your favorite pick up line? You wanna go back to my place to order a pizza and fuck? What? You don't like pizza?
How about the craziest pick up line ever said to you? You gonna eat that?
What's the best and the worst show you have ever been to? The best was probably the Foo Fighters and the worst is a Christian comedy night. Any Christian comedy night. [Laughs.] They try to do clean comedy and not all clean comics are funny. There are a lot of great clean comics, but not everyone. When you try to Jesus up your comedy it just doesn't work for me.
What was the first movie you saw in the theaters? I think it might have been "Heavy Metal." It was a cartoon but it has all of these songs in it, had drugs in it, and the girls were all naked. It was R-rated...I was young! I think my cousin took us to that or something. It was like, we're all sitting there watching this movie with drugs and these cartoon girls with huge boobs and my mom was like, "Yeah. I don't know about that!" [Laughs.] I was like, this is awesome!!
First time on stage- It was in 2002 I think and at the Addison Improv. I had taken this creative writing class and they told us we could do three to five minutes. Everyone was trying to do five but I was like, fuck it. I'm going to do three minutes, do well, and get off. I believe in leaving people wanting more. Also, I only had three minutes.
What's something you plan on accomplishing this year because you didn't last year? Getting on late-night TV. Like on Craig Ferguson or Arsenio or something.
If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you? Kevin James. He could play me in the younger years and then grow a beard for the later years.