We had the good fortune of connecting with Albert Estergard and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Albert, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
In high school I set out with the plan to “be happy”. When people asked me what I was going to do, expecting to hear my college or career plans, it was just that “be happy” as my response. I have found much and many happy, in many ways and forms. I could list a number of different experiences and ideas that have consistently made me happy, but the two biggest common denominators are harmony and authenticity. But with any of that you have to remember and let yourself be happy when it happens.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

I liked to draw as a kid and people liked to call that art. I thought I would keep doing that and become a cartoonist. In high school I transitioned into what I would call art finally, but the repetition of drawing cartoons was the opposite of what my flourishing mind wanted. I wanted to articulate the human experience, I wanted to spend as much time with my friends as possible, and I wanted to be happy. I thought film fit as I constantly had a camera and was filming and making videos but that ended up being too expensive since I didn’t keep up with being in the top five percent of my high school class for the full-ride scholarship in state, and hated the education system.

Between the age of 14 to 28 I’ve had one of the most beautiful minds in this state, possibly the country, that’s been so active it’s interfered with everything and being a person who does things. I lived in the magic of ideas, exploring them endlessly, everything from art to philosophy, objectively reducing ideas and emotions to only their essence, harvesting purity, studying and learning blues guitar, and now finally channeling it all into the world of comedy.

Comedy may seem a surprise to some, but the more I’ve done and thought about it the more it makes sense. Everything I am and all my ability stems from a lifetime of loving to listen. I listen to my inner voice/s, my body, my intuition, my environment, my people, and everything all the time. It’s all been trying to figure out the best channel for this mind of mine, I’ve had to understand and harness art, ideas, attention, emotion, music, and still have a long way to go.

I created the podcast Toonanashoo entirely on my own. The name, the format, the flow, the logos and art, I learned audio and equipment, literally EVERY single thing I have done it all and I am more proud of it and pursuing comedy than anything I have ever done. In this next year more people will start to see why.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Aw man, I should’ve answered this last month when my best friend was visiting for the first time in five years. I didn’t even think of showing them the best time ever and definitely did not. The Cornish Pasty Co. has been my all-around favorite in Phoenix for years now, but this last year I finally explored Phoenix and discovered I’ve wasted my life in the east valley. Pizzeria Bianco lives up to and exceeds the hype they’ve held for as long as I’ve heard of them, and Chris Bianco is easily the coolest chef out here. The quality, freshness, and simplicity in the ingredients radiates into the food, restaurant, and guests experience, which is consistently special and unique every time. I could go on about food and restaurants as long as you’d let me, but lastly I have to mention Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. I’ve never had good fried chicken before. I’ve eaten and cooked so much extraordinary food, but Gus’s blew my f*cking mind and changed my life.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Over the entirety of my life my mom is most deserving for all her help and support. As for this last year and particularly getting this Shoutout opportunity, my girlfriend Harley Hope has helped inspire and set an example of independence and being creative with work and art.

Website: toonanashoo.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toonanashoo/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/toonanashoo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toonanashoo

Other: toonanashoo@gmail.com

Image Credits
Harley Hope

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