How very Boston, a guy named Shawn writing an article about a guy named Sean. But I was really torn about featuring Sean Sullivan in this article. I mean, I love the guy. He’s hilarious. He’s really nice. But he’s been on TV, and Comedy Central at that. So why am I talking about him on an “underground comedy” website? Because although he has that TV credit, I feel he is still under appreciated. I feel like anyone that hasn’t invited him to do stand up on their show is a god damn idiot. And that includes the guy that wrote Breaking Bad. And while Vince Gilligan can do whatever he wants with his show I can do whatever I want with my website including calling Vince Gilligan an idiot.
Seriously though, Sean is the best. He’s given me valuable advice over the years and is hilarious EVERYTIME he steps on stage. He has also helped me get over bad sets. One night I had a rough set and when I got off stage Sean said “shake it off, you’re wearing a shiny shirt”. And I WAS wearing a shiny shirt, he was totally right. Strangely, it made me feel better. He didn’t lie to me and say “nice set”, I would have known that he was lying. Instead he told me to forget about it and then made fun of my shirt. He was like a brother to me instantly.
I honestly have no idea how Sean is staying ahead of the pack with his comedy. Being a new dad and husband is enough to make lots of people quit comedy or at least get worse at it, but every time I see Sean at a show he crushes and he seems to be getting even better. Sean was nice enough to chat with me about comedy recently and here are some of the things we discussed. (He was very thorough with his answers.)
You seem to enjoy musicals, have you ever performed in one?
Is it ok at this point in our friendship if I stop calling you Sean Sullivan from TV and just call you Sean or Sean Sullivan?
What is the hardest part of being a comedian?
You’re a family man now, how do you balance family life and comedy life?
Lately you’ve been helping newer younger comedians in Boston by giving them feedback on stand up videos they send you. What is your motivation for this?
1. Don Rickles
2. Jim Gaffigan
3. Bob Odenkirk
4. Tony V
5. Conan O’Brien
We have some great comedians here in Boston. Was there a comedian that really helped you with advice or just by watching them when you first started?
Who should I feature in the next article?