We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Cluff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Stand Up Comedy is just telling jokes…it’s fun! True. But…like with many things, there’s a lot of work behind the scenes that you don’t see. And a lot of things behind the scenes that none of us want you to see! One of the most difficult things and also the most fun is that as a comedian you get to be your own boss… Literally. You write your material, you perform, you choreograph your staging, you are your own Director and producer. You do the marketing, booking, wardrobe decisions…all fall on you. At least until you miraculously become Seinfeld! Add to that the fact that I have Parkinson’s Disease and short term memory loss is a top symptom. Being funny takes a lot of work, and I’m grateful every single day that I’m still able to make someone laugh. It’s my medicine.
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.
Being on stage and making people laugh is like a drug, to me Literally medicine for my degenerative disease. There’s thousands of comedians and many reallllly good ones, but an incredibly difficult field to be successful in. Perseverance, hard work and a little play…all worth it if someone gets a big belly laugh !
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Obviously, a grand tour of all the great comedy clubs in Phoenix.: Stand Up Live House of Comedy Tempe Improv JPs Comedy Club for coffee & vegan food -Urban Beans for Margaritas- Golden Margarita Tacos – Cru Jente Bitter & Twisted for drinks Grey Hen Rx – wow! Cocktails Recovery: Hydrate IV Bar ~ Arcadia
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease I was surprised and saddened by how many of my friends pulled away from me. I understand, but it still hurt. I have found a new family in the comedy world. Some of the most kind, understanding and loyal people I’ve ever met. I keep myself “tunedup” for Comedy by going to improv classes. Joe Hammer & Atti Mire have helped me more than they will ever know. They are in the Outcasters Improv group.