Feb 15, 2017
target="_blank">Nick Vatterott</a> doesn't like being
strange for the sake of being strange. He won the Andy Kaufman
Award in 2011, but he's uncomfortable with the idea that his own
best work, or Kaufman's for that matter, was about doing something
off the wall with no inherent payoff or punchline. That's what
makes the strangeness work -- it's leading up to something.
Vatterott got his comedy training in Chicago, never thinking there
was a hard divide between stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy.
They're all supposed to be funny, right? So why limit yourself. Do
all of them. That's part of what makes him so intriguing as a
comedian. If you've never seen him, here's a quick sample, his set
from <a href="http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show"
target="_blank"><em>The Tonight Show with Jimmy
Fallon</em></a>. You can also find his latest album,
<em>For Amusement Only</em>, on his <a
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I sat down with Vatterott before his recent show at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/andersoncomedy/" target="_blank">The Gas at Great Scott</a>. We swerved around subjects from sports to ghost hunting, talking about his stand-up philosophy and training along the way. After the conversation, stay tuned for "The Strongman of North America," a song from the <a href="http://www.chandlertravis.com/" target="_blank">Chandler Travis Philharmonic</a>'s new album, <em>Waving Kissyhead Vol 2 & 1</em>, which I <a href="http://nickzaino.com/departmentoftangents/2017/02/13/new-release-roundup-mortal-comedy-from-joe-derosa-chandler-traviss-strange-pop-beach-slangs-energetic-nostalgia/" target="_blank">reviewed for the New Release Roundup</a>.