14 Dec

Chicago’s Comic: Sydney Davis Jr. Jr.

Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?

A: I was in the Second City teen improv class when I was in 11th grade, and was asked by the faculty to join the new teen stand-up class so they wouldn’t have to cancel it from lack of enrollment. I was hooked from day one! That was 2008 and I haven’t quit yet!

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: Horrible. Terrible. Cringe-worthy. But the worst part was, at the time, I thought I was crushing it. Video evidence says otherwise.

Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?

A: I take a short nap before, maybe 30 minutes, and then I grab some sort of coffee before a show. Usually a latte. It helps boost my energy levels since shows are often so late at night.

Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?

A: My favorite place to perform stand-up, oddly enough, is when I host my class’s graduation shows at the end of each term at Second City. The audience is always so excited, and they’re down for anything. It’s the most supportive room you’ll ever see.

Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?

A: I produced two projects on Amazon Prime: a sitcom called “SQUID,” as well as a stand-up special called “Wasted (Potential).” I also produce “Stories from the Beat Lounge,” a storytelling showcase at Second City.

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: My dog Godzilla, coffee, and sushi.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Anything with hummus and falafel loaded on.

Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?

A: I’m not Irish, like, at all. People always assume I’m Irish because of the red hair and green eyes, but I’m actually Cherokee.

Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?

A: I want to eventually write memoirs. That’s my end-goal in life, to have at least one memoir out, and then maybe have a comic strip.

Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?

A: I would like to have been featured on Comedy Central at least once, and I would love to host my own late night talk show one day.

Q: What quality, trait and/or body part do you really like about yourself?

A: I’m nice to everybody. I’m not an asshole. I can be dumb sometimes, or make stupid mistakes, but I’m a genuine apologizer and will always make it up to you.

Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you? [or anything else you’d like mentioned, i.e. your education, personal life or mission statement]

A: I’m a really REALLY hard worker. It’s rare that I take a moment off. Sometimes to a fault. If there’s something that needs to be done, I’ll take care of it, and I’ll do the best quality work that I can. I also am a really good supporter. If you need support in your life, let me know, and I will support you in any way that I can.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: When someone recognizes me on the street for something other than being the redhead that used to go to LA Fitness in Edgewater. Or for being the barista that used to work at Metropolis in Edgewater, haha.


  • 01.02.2019 – 20:30 @ Stories from the Beat Lounge at The Second City (230 W. North Ave.)


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