The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 2, Episode 6 · 1 year ago

Interview with Steve Hofstetter

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On a very special episode, Mike Shea has a phone chat with comedian Steve Hofstetter as he travels cross-country for the holidays!

Mike & Steve talk about:

  • Comedy during COVID
  • Steve's post-election feelings & predictions
  • How their dads were their biggest fans

Check out Steve's digital comedy shows at Nowhere Comedy:
https://nowherecomedyclub.com/

Watch Steve's clips online:
https://bit.ly/3m0SnrQ

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Welcome back to another instalment ofthe basement, loungeladies and Gentlemen Mike Wells couldn't join ustoday because he's a jackass now, but we are so thrilled to have somebody onthe phone right now that I've been a fan of for a while. Now you may haveseen his clips on Youtube and facebook of him just absolutely decimatingpeople that have the audacity to ruin a comedy show. He is the originator of myfavorite word in the world which is redifile, meaning somebody who reallyloves redheads, because Lord knows we all do. LADES and gentlemen. Pleasewelcome on the phone Mr Steve Hoss Tetter from the Road Steve. Welcome tothe show. Thank your Havingra good to have you on.You are you're doing some traveling right now, yeah Ou know I live in La and my familyis onthe eat cod Hav ben all year. I decided that I want to try to go need them all.I can still tee people outdoor. As you know, I'm not I'm not making a mitakeof icome voted again: Aen gget Mi moter, so I drove all the way to New York from Laand then wrote down to Florida. New York and you know it', not my familyand couple brands. Tan had a nihe od, a couple, my really nice amitudes outsideand now atal. How was how was the trip in generalhe's having hat a good time? I did. I am Mortifye some of the thingsive seen you know I I drove ilike yesterday, I'm driving Chrough, youknow like mobile and Galotothy and that part of contre and Fras side of theloxting there was agiant Arnival, probably a thousand people, and they just don't beme thereand in movile or actually braanc an...

Amovul on DAP. I O you pick AU and youknow the even though they don't really have or Matbod there, the foodplays doing it right ehad. Youknow those diffeent things and everyodewas fine flek the glass. Thenyou couldn't get your boot until the put it there like a thumb, waiter andso there's four feet between the counter and the door. I torry SOMEOTTHE COUNTER SOI'm waiting to pick up my food out on the door and some other GuyWalt it and got about the front of me. Goin died, Andsi, okay, Mani'm in line,and he goes what you doing outside and I got Altha t IAND. He didn't know whatI meant. He said what that like, not with any iron and I'm just like, evenif you believe in it man we're eight months din. How do you do you think allthese people wearing masks in your town or nurses like what do you like? Doeshe does he lik on a football game and he's like wow attendance is bad thisyear? How do you not know what's happening?You had to have at least heard the word once yeah yeah and I don't know howshelter did guy was and if he was that shelter. How did you know to orderChinese Bood Ive? No, it's crazy to me. You know this is thisfar in considering you know. We hear about all time the number of people whohave gotten sick. The number of people who have died that people still you know is seem to view it as justsomething that doesn't really it's like H. I don't need to worry about that.That happens to other people, but I think people tend to forget that we areother people to other people absolutely were we are someone else'sother people, and you know and look. I am forty one, I'm in pretty good shape and odds ar I'll be okay, but you know what Fanblea, who is? You Know Great ComicBuddy of mine he's like a year older...

...than me. He got covid back in mark andhe take u ter O six Mont Ge oofor six months. It could have killed him if hedidn't take plesseners three times a day. I see something like that and I'mj like no thank. I do not want that. I don't care like people say: Oh survival,rage is so I it's like yeah, but a having it suck o getting over it all tostuff. So, even if I can Surviv, I don't want to have to go through it ndit's great thot survival rate. So high. You know the survival rate for thechicken pox is pretty high, but I still don't want the chickenpox again. I mean yes same with Donarea. Thank you because it's not going to c. You know Idon't like PS, peas, aren't going to kill me doesn't mean I want to fucking,eat him, ery good. So how is you know we are weare in a I mean, I keep wanting to call it a post election cycle, but it seemslike it's still has 't stopped we're still talking about it. How have youbeen feeling and dealing with kind of the fallout from from the election thebeginning of the month? Well, you know, driving three areas:OFM driving through ive, really seem suc mix backn. I wouloo. I was in Pennsylvania the daywith call I've seen everything from entire neighborhood in Pitsburgh thatall had BIE and lan sign like every single Houd to you know: Crum crade in upstate New York, andit's been it's been a really eye opening to see you know kind of who whobelieves what it? I don't think I don't think postelection cycle is even close to the right term for it, because I don'tthink we're going to be Posta lunchos cycle until a few months at foranauguration tat and maybe even more. That's definitely how it's starting toseem how it's starting to feel. You...

...know I noticed in the area I live in,like you know, after things were called a lot of signs sartef coming down, butthere is one guy that I drive by going to work every day who he doubled down,I mean he went from Havin a few signs, an a flag to like somecustom made like h, the wire bet, the metal wire bending art made that spellsout trump, and you know a bunch of you know. The election was rigged signshanging from his porch, and I don't know it just it's crazy to me. You gota bigger those simes it', probably like buying Halloween candy on November.Second they're, probably cheap right now, you know like there, its clearandstuff, you know get them while you can. I I think part of it is so many people have attached theiridentity to trump overthe last four years, and the idea him not being somethingthat they can identify with anymore is scary for them. On a human love, it'snot a question of Oh they don't want to admit that they were wrong. It's not aquestion of. They don't think that they're wrong. It's ha question of theywere a trump supporter that was their identity. The same way that, like mydefty, hey that to meet you hey my name's, Steve, O Mycomic, that's myadestity! If I couldn't be that anymore, I don't know what I'd say and so forthese people they don't know what to do yeaihis. It was a weird. It was a weirdtime for me too, because it was you know. I is the first time in an election whereI like a, I bought a sign, but it wasn't like. I was like I wasn'texcited about biding my my lawn sign actually says fine Biden, but this isbullshit, which I think perfectly summed up my feelings. Yeah I used tojoke around and he dos sixteen that tillery was like yeah. I guess all bothfor me yeah. That's we gat a discussion about that on theshow where we were saying you know, hate drives people to vote. People werevoted in droves this year because they...

...fucking hated Donald Trump, but theproblem was in two thousand and sixteen people also fucking hated HillaryClinton yeah. The the idea of there very few excited people like very few straight up- excitedpeople provided fun was probably of the you know of the twenty two people thatwere running fine was like my seventeenth choice. E twen peolerunning Bloombirg was like my thirty fit like E. I think the only people that Iwould have been genuinely upset with would have been Bloomberg or MarianWilliam. They were both outf like Aar, but but that said you know yeah Haraberbiden and now youknow and Doen as people finally admit he's president and the transitionhappend and it's peaceful. We don't get a bunch of militia idiots street. Then I'm gong to go back to making funof Iden Yeah, because it's easy, it's Proeasy, I thinki think is nessary. I think youneed to hold this feet to the fire yeah and make sure that he honors the peoplewho ae voted for him. Well, especially after the last fouryears of there being an absolute complete lack of checks and balances.We need to make sure that, if we're going to demand those checks andbalances that we demand it no matter who's sitting in that office, whetherthey're donald trump or Joe Biden or or Mayor Pete or whoever yeah, I think we we need to need to beaccountability, and you know the thing that we're has really changed lately. You know inthe last couple years because the systems are being attacked and thesystems arere teming on place, and so...

...as long as we can make sure thatthere's statee systems and there can be accountability absolutely and a lot ofthem come from seeing who gets you know who he picks for his cabinet. You knowyeah and again you know we. We live in a digital age, where it's really easyto prove to somebody. You said you weregoing to do Xy NDZ. Now, let's make sure Xy NZ happens, we saw it with thewhen they were appointing am Conig Berrett to the Supreme Court.All the clips are being shared of you know. Mitch mcdonall Lindsay Grahamtalking about waiting to waiting to confirm a Supreme Court justice. Sonowadays it's absolutely. We need to utilize that technology to holdeverybody accountable, not just the people. We don't like yeah, you know agreed and you know T',he delegate balance, because, obviously you don't want you don't want to mpn someone enough atsome of the worst replaces themyou know, but at the same time we usually toldthem countable. I think vidence cabinet is going to be delightfully boring. Ithink it is going to be people who have what we haven't heard of, who have beencivil servonts, their entire lives, who know the system and you can restore ontrump for down. You know the we just you know blink in it looks like he'sbeing nominated and he's someone who's. A wiper he's been there forever and heput things back together, yeah it's! I know that I know John Kasik'sname has been getting floated around and as somebody from Ohio, my firstreaction was just kind of sure all right. Fine, if you say so, 'not sure what he has the offer, butokay, cool, Alto, yeahbut, don't think I don'tthink he's getting apinted oanting. No, I mean I remember when he ran in twothousand and sixteen and he was one of the ones up on the stage I was justkind of like I mean sure. If you're going to picksomebody- I don't, I don't hate that...

...idea. I don't love it, but it's Ohio. So I don't love a lot of thepeople who are from here share. Browns yeah yeah, I don't think Hesi, thinkit's horrible, but I don't think he's good yeah and you know we shouldn't. You know, lookif you're going to anominate a Republican for Havin, a position, let'smake it Susan Colleg, so we can replace her in the Sennate d about it seriousygot a kind of movingoff politics a little bit. So how is h? How's The covid experience been for you,you know we're both comics and it's definitely. You know. I mean the lasttime I was on stage was in January how's it how's. This whole thing beenfor you. You know in terms of you know, supporting yourself and staying busyand and just kind of keeping keeping thewheels turning bui hate to Brenk it to but thas firstfo months for your choice. GOI DIDN'T AD US Somach, but that's true. THAT'S TRUEI'LL! Give you that one yea! I look a lot of my idetidy of the Forin commenand so it's been weird. I have shipted to digital and I've beenconterating on writing. I think I'll be one of the last comics perform in person Igen because I'm notdoing it. So it's completely safe and you know some some other comics I knoware like oh well. I'm Na do driving show, oh my God, absolutely not! No! No!The driving shows ar safe. My godin shows a SAR, but for someon to getthere they have to go there and when they go there they have to get gas andthey have to get food and they have to do all these other things that you aremaking them do to come. Se You, and so, if I do a drivein show inPortland word,...

...then you know what I'm going to getpeople Driv in from you game and that's two hours and they're gont stop and getgest and someone going to get coted and it's going to be partially. My Fault H.I don't want that on my an so I'm just gonna, I'm just goingno wait it out,and I am very lucky to be in a position where I can. My digital is doing wellenough, but I'm okay, F, tit happened a couple years ago. You know where I be,but you know I'm figgers Crosse. I have et up in the bank, I'm doing enoughbusiness, digitally that I can wait it out and that's what I'm doing yeahthat's yeah. It's definitely. You know nowadays, with the advents. You know,I've seen things like you know. Zoom and streamyard have suddenly becomehousehold terms, which you know you go back last year. Nobody knew what thehell any of those things were. I've seen whole you know, Inter Internet.You know companies based on Youtube that have had to you know, shut theirstudios down and shift all their content online. I work at a new stationand you know our anchors and our reporters have been doing most of theirwork work from home. You know remotely, so it's it's definitely been I'. Tell youwhat I've seen I've seen a lot more comics start to branch out in the kind of things theydo. SOMWHAT, like Yeu, were saying likefocusing on writing and doing a lot of more digital stuff, because Yeu kind ofhave to you know we had. We had the club open up a little bit in a limitedbasis, but you could tell it just didn't feel the same. There was just kind of thisAira of like. Is this going to be the one that you know triggers at tiggeresa spread or something like that? Yeah Yeah and you know necessity as a motherof invention, as they say, and it is very true- and there are plenty ofpeople who well you know, Fu the idea of the ZonSho and it's just a different kind of venue.You know you know and look, and there are ones that are runing well and runsthat are ones that are run forlike. The...

...fact what we've all done good bar showsand bad bar shows eve, all done. Good Blu shows and bast subjent. So now I'vedone I've done a theor show that was run fort, but it doesn't e. Thephysical venue is that, what's most important to I to Prut an Ott- andthere are good digital- shows, ecept find them. Yeah e. We set up a discordserver for the local comedy scene as a way to have everybody come in, andbecause we used to have before the open Mike on Sundays, of the club we used tohave a comics, hang wer, everybody wouldcome and workshop their bits and so that we turned discord into that as away for everybody to just get together a couple nights a week and just andjust work through material. That way that you know granted, not a lot of lifethats happening right now, so some folks are having a harder time comingup with do stuff than the other, but it's still a good way to work throughexisting material and come up with new stuff and just kind of shoot the shitand brainstorm ideas. I truly think that the biggestrevolution from this is that it will render bad open my pointment, becauseevery now and then there's a good open Mike like why is guys in Utah has likea hundred and fifty paying customers come to there Alik yeah, that's ar mostbig city. You just performing a couple other coments, and now you can do thaton Dong, everybody has it. Everybody has a set up, no gather ten of yourfriends together. You do four minutes, and you know a couple minutes andfeetback you actually work on your joke. You know you figure out what has legsand it's and it's a much more efficient way of doing it. That is forme to somecomics. They don't necessarily know that you know Mbe ignoring you orwriting your material down, or you know you can. Actually you actually do something improve yeah,there's, nothing worse than doing an open might get a hooka place. It's justit's the worst atmosphere, everyone's everyone's too chill it's! No! Yes, no!There's, there's and Ti goes back to...

...what s saying about it. Tat at the Venuthere's a place in. I think it was in Poka I stopp by there after I had a show at part Atlantic and the place that it wascalled. Funky, Fuda and they've been running. Shows there forever it's anopen. Might I was there with rich Bos. We both stopped in yet that it wasSuper Fun and you know, even though it is a Hooka far, but they had a comedynight once a week that you know open, micurs and and some of their friendsand a SOM a couple locals would come. Seanit was a funshit. It's I always love a good surprise. Ialways love it when you show up to a place that you have the lowestexpectations for, and it winds up being an absolutely great show. Oh Abu, so Ido have a couple of questions I like to ask every comic when they come on theshow just some some shop questions. So what's right off the bat what's beenjust like the the one Gig you look back on bigger small that just that justsucked that just yeu ABS ate it for whatever reason I was one to do. A private party by this woman who Thai her husband wasa big comed fan, O big fan of mine and also a big basketball fan, and so shehas me if I could do some basketball stuff. If is in La so it's like allright yeah, I got some Mico jokes. I could do so. I went. I brought Jdy Sapero with Mavers theguys who prote droberhood man, an tight, yeah and figure out. Thatd be fun, and soyou know I introduced Iwith that and its opening joke he just goes don't be too excited. I also wrotebattlefielder, which usually gets the laugh. He got nothing and then he goes. He goes. Yeh GOINNA get worse. The nextGuyrote sely an...

...get. Nothing and some guy stands up inthe crowd and just goes my father laws. His shirt on foose movie. That's not the point you io, but that's how much they didn't get.What comedy was Rightat', so Gati does like five minutes and just bounce, andI gotto do a half hour and I opend with a bunch of Lakers jokes they're,getting nothing. I start realizing like they don't even know what thesereferences are, and so I try to use the materialatturninto crowdwork ass, the starbage Andi say at one point: Ijus go how manypeople are familiar with my work and that a single Presden od yeah and thenI realized, Oh, I'm, being used in a divorce like this. Is She id not a woman trying to make herhusband, happy Tis, the woman ruining her husband's birthday? Part like hehad no idea who I was. He didn't follow. Basketball like this was awful and itwas just the way I played is it was a long lineot. The ATM, like Imagine, having a wait at an nat because I got paid butimagine having a wait, an apm for a half hour and having to do yourmaterial for no one. That's basically what it was. Ow Sow yeah. I I don't even know how to respond tothat. That's that's! That's just painful to think about yeah! Well, flip it on that. What's onewhat's one that you look back on like like just so fondly like one that youlike a Gig, you love to tell tells a story when people ask you about like agreat going great one, you've had well, one of my favorites that I hadrecently was Atunen pork in Ackland in newzeaaland.I've played it a couple times before.

It's a really cool venue, ets, likeit's like the Rock Club, that's attached to a stadium, so the spark arena is like the big ONAin Inokland and in the senion. Pork islike Itta line two hundred, but it's in the same building. So yourgreen room is the green room that you TARF hat. You played the Damn Ari, butas incredible and the the material I've been working onlately, its much more of a theater type show than it is a club show it's a lotmore of a you know, kind of a one man type of thing, and so Thetun Bork ismore of a if the C, the intimacy of a club withthe stage set up of a theater, and so it was just one of these things thathad been working on the set with Jan mybell Kit, WHOs Ta, comos poring, withhe's a close friend, and you know he's kind of been with me since theevolution of the debt he's seen in a lot of different places, and I came offstage in Ackland and I justtened to my said. That's what I was trying to dolike that. That's why I wrote this sho like I wrote the show for Si kind ofenvironment, and it was particularly fun because new dealand is it veryquiet and laid bhat crowd. Like the first time I ever played there, Ithought I was bombing as they were so quiet and so to just feel, like I killed with a crowdagain, New Zealand made it even better. So it was, it was just such a JussuchalWonderfuli. It's always, and I think a lot of comics can relate when you havejust one of those those Aha moments with a show or a bit or Ju t just something you've been workingon when when it finally hits the way you wanted to, maybe maybeyou weren't sure how to describe what...

...you wanted, or you knew youw're lookingfor a certain feeling, but when you get when you get that Aha moment, it's it'sit's like breathing new life into into what you do yeah. Absolutely no! Is there anythingbecausbecauseyou've traveled, I mean all kinds of places. Doing standupyou've had a recognizable amount of success inonline with with the videos on Youtube and facebook. Is there anything likeyou haven't done yet that, like that, maybe whether you've planned for it orhaven't, or just it's kind of a pight dream. But this is there something inparticular in comedy. You want to do like what's that. What's that bucketthat one big bucket list item Wel, I'm you know- I mean I have yet to have a special armag to network andthat'd be a pretty big deal, but also like one of the things I wantto do, I'm getting to do next year. Wheni before I even started when Ilived in Boston for a little bit N, I would always walk by the wilverttheater and just like marvel at the amazing act that Werk that wouldn'ttour there, and I you know I had a Shitty job in a afen breakfast where I had to like o turn down service, an Maki Itel at allkind of propit. I want to do, and I realized I didn't want to do it and Iquit and I moved back to New York. I started working ot, a COMINACOMON andNEX August. I am Bookd for a show at the Wilbert Theer, a BOP that is so cool that is yeah. You talk talk about dreams comingto reality. That's just yeah! It's an eleven hundred feater it insane.We've already sold over a hundred tickets e Conso Mogen, and you know I'm just I I am over themoon excited waiting for it are there. Are there plans to tape? It is thatstill something in the work o, maybe...

...just thinking about it. Well, I I mean I film every one O my Chos justmy own camera, but the material I'm working on now, like the stuff that youknow as working out in Augland the material I'm working on or my nextspecial. I have a vision of shooting a special, because a lot of it is aboutgrowing up, and you know eventually losing my dad.I want to shoot that special at my old grade. Oh Wow yeah, so I had this vision of doing it there. Ithink I would be really cool, so those are always the ones that thatfeel when there's like it's not just a random theater that they happen to getbooked when there's when there's meaning behind it n, when you can tellthat the show and the place means something to the to the com you cananway, you can always just tell whether they say it or not. That there'sthere's something special about about the show you're watching and- andthat's that's. I always love to see stuff like that yeah. It was. I hope that I can do it. It is a publicschool in New York City, so coudo o kind of red, tapea Massof Jump CrowRight, but you know igers cross. I just feel like filming it in that sameaunitarium would just be so cool. Was Your Dad Ou know you mentioned yourdad was. was he was he a big Fan, O big fan of the comedy stuff like how wasthat with with the parents when you atfirst getting into it? That's how Igot into it. He is e. You know planhill stand of records kid and, unlike a lot of time, I you knowI'm lucky enough that my parents were supportive from the jump. You Know My da Ani. U Early shows mydad T was. There was one joke that I kind of wasripping in the car with him, and you...

...know he was jus laughing. He was'tdoing any of the ripping, but he called that his joke from there on out- andyou know ye would a he would always wahe would come to his job. We didn'tdo much Jo, so yeah he was, he was a big fan of itand in fact, the last time I you know I saw I ambefore he passe was the first time he was able to reallycome on the road with me, he's seen a kin of shows, but I got to open for Dick Gregory, who waspone of the comenes te Kow play for me when I had a kid and- and I tew my dad out so that he camewith me from Luivilleti Ininapolis. You know the two of us and did Gregorydrove across the Midwest, which was crazy and it was yeah a really amazingweek, and you know he was. He was a. He was a bigfan of of comedy in general and he really liked that I was a comen. That'sI love that you got to fly him out to to that show. You Know My my dad theyear that he passed away was the first time I ever did a club show.I got started in South Carolina and where I was living at the time therewere no like clubs, it was all just bars and I mean they were decent shows,but w e, when it moved up here to Dayton, I was finally able to get booked at atthe club here in town, and my dad was going through remission atthe time, and so he got to come watch me. Do my first club show I shit thebed completely, because I was too nervous and I couldn't get my headaround it, but yeah it was. It was great that I was at least glad that egot to com, see me on a on a non bar stage, because he I mean he had been toall my shows of me going to you know, comedy clubs and or not Kinof Clas,coffee shops and book stores and crap like that, so it was. It was a greatfeeling getting to to share that kind...

...of that big of anexperience with withmy dad, because he hidt, like your he'd, been a big supporter of it. You knowfrom the Gedgo Yeah, so I love that you got to do a yeah. Well Steve! I I know you got, I knowyou're busy. I know you're on the road. I don't want to take up too much moreof your time before we let you go one last thing, just o just foreverybody else out there. What is what can people look forward from lookforward to from you going on right now, h? What's in theimmediate future, so right now, I'm doing shows atnowhere comedy club, wichioknowdigital comic pace that be leve and I createdand an a ow with. I mean Miobigli has got,shows coming up, Dohn cleait's, a pretty crazy amazing digital experiencefrom your couch, and I have chowse her every week and I'm doing a new onewhere I actually I'm hackling myself, I'm basically watching some of my hecerflips with the crowd and then breaking them down, saying here's what I didwrong: Har O a o Etca and it's you know, kind of a kind of a director cut ofsome of those but and the the one end December. Ten is, as the first ome weredoing, iin the trumpedition, and so it's all all eclers that weretrappecorse Ohman. I can't wait. I can't wait somake sure guys F, you're, listening right now on the replay. U Make sureyou check out the nowhere comedy club shows with Steve Hoffsdetter and want to make sure you guys continueto. I see everyody sharing them all the time. All the all the heckler clips areso popular continued to share those and watch those Steve Man. Thank for takingsome time, add Er. Addi your travels to talk with us today really appreciate it.Man Thank that meon. Of course, guys makesure you check out Steve All over the...

...inner webs watches videos shares tweetsall that good stuff, Steve we're going to go ahead and let you go aman, so youcan get back on the row. But once again, thank you so much for coming on. I Ay TAT cares o all rig guys that was Steve. Hosstettercomedian, extraordinary coming to us, live from the road that was so much funshort little chat great to talk with him hope you guys enjoyed that watching.It live here in the Patreon for those of Yo who didn't watch. It live in thePatrion you're enjoying it now on the replay. We do live streams of all ofour show. tapings and all of our interview recordings live in thePatreon Hen. They haveen, not a member of the Patreoon Yehad boom there. Hegoes another reason to join. But that being said that you got you tuning in so much movie back again with you guysnext time on ather episode of the Basement Louge until then, as alwayslive well rock on take care.

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