Ted Alexandro is a stand up comedian, actor and filmmaker whose insightful comedy routines brand him as a thinking man’s ranter. Ted has performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, The View and two half-hour specials on Comedy Central; and has appeared on the television shows “Oz”, “Dr. Katz” and “Louie”. Ted collaborates with his friend Hollis James on web videos including the popular “Kiss Our American Ass” and critic’s favorite, “Nobody’s Dummy”.
You have mentioned that you use humor as a way to connect, as do most comedians. If you were not communicating and connecting through stand up or performing, what would you use as an outlet for communication?
I would probably be writing, acting, making music, taking pictures, drawing, doing anything artistic. I’ve always loved having different creative outlets and I’ll continue to create as long as I’m able.
Having travelled extensively, is there a place where you think people could work on their sense of humor?
It’s not so much that people don’t have a sense of humor in other places, it’s that the cultural context may be very different than what I am used to in America. Certain cultures do not joke publicly about certain topics, whether it’s sex, religion, politics, class. Other countries may do that in private but it’s not to the point where they do it out in the open at a comedy club because they don’t exist.
But I also think that travel has taught me that human interactions are basically the same everywhere. Of course, specific nuances of language and cultural idiosyncrasies of a comedy act are sometimes lost in translation but the basic themes resonate everywhere.
You have a great twitter following and have definitely mastered the art of the interesting tweet. What do you see is the biggest mistake people make on twitter?
The good thing about twitter is that it tells you what mistakes you’re making- reflected in your followers and/or retweets. My approach is to share my thoughts, uncensored, when I have something to say, whether funny or not. It’s a window into what’s going on in my head. Twitter is like a relationship; sometimes I want to spend a lot of time with it and other times I need a break. I don’t want to be tethered to my phone or computer, pumping out tweets every five minutes, all day, every day. I need space and private time where not every thought is shared with the universe.
You joke about being single. I suspect that people ask you the dreaded question on dates, “So how/why have you managed to be single all these years?” How do you like to answer?
I guess the answer is “By not getting married.” I really haven’t had much of a plan for anything, be it personal or professional. I go along with what feels like the right path and keep moving in that direction until a change is indicated. I would welcome marriage and children if the right relationship comes into my life.
What is your all-time favorite comedy rant?
That’s a tough question. I don’t have one all-time favorite. I’ll name a few I love.
- George Carlin’s rant about “The American Dream.”
- Bill Cosby’s rant about “The Dentist.”
- Louis CK’s rant about “Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy.”
- Dave Attell’s rant about “Love/The Lonely Bug”
- It’s not a rant per se but Woody Allen’s story “The Moose” is so brilliant and hilarious.
You can keep up with Ted’s current works and touring schedule at tedalexandro.com. He will be performing at Gotham Comedy Club September 16 and 17th and at the Laughing Skull in Atlanta September 29-October 2nd.