Marty DeRosa, the Comedy Sammy Sosa! This week we chat for a minute with a multi-talented comic who headlines Wiggle Room this week. Marty DeRosa is a monster of Chicago stand up and also hosts his own popular podcast. Check it out at WRESTLING WITH DEPRESSION and Follow him on Twitter.
WR: You’ve been called the King of Chicago Crowd Work. What edicts would you like put forth in that station?
MD: As King, I feel it’s only right that I get a crown. I’d take it off to perform because I’m not a maniac. Also, I’d like to have a throne w/ handles and be carried to the stage not unlike “Macho King” Randy Savage.
WR: What do wrestling and stand up comedy have in common?
MD: Wrestling & comedy are very similar in the fact that we are out there without a net. We are doing what we sort of planned on but if the crowd isn’t into it or they are super into something we can go that direction. A play or a storyteller can’t do that. We also rely on the crowd to tell us what our next move is. We also sell t-shirts after shows for gas money.
WR: What topics are off limits for you on stage?
I think you can joke about anything you want if it’s funny. The problem with that is you have to try it to see if it’s funny. If it isn’t, as in my case, I just move along. I don’t blame the crowd. What I think is funny & what someone else does is very different. I respect that. I think they are nerds, but I respect that.
WR: What’s the cutest name you’ve ever called a lover?
The cutest name was Sparkle Princess. She was but like most sparkle princesses she had to return to her kingdom (aka her parents house in another state) and get on medication.
WR: What’s the worst thing someone has called you? Was it accurate?
Farty Marty. Unfortunately, it was very accurate.