Nick Spears may not be as well-known as another person with the same last name, but as far as funny goes, he's much better (and not because he drops more kids in public). The videos for the sketch comedy group that he's part of (LurkSquad) have garnered over 2 million viewings on YouTube and MySpace. And while it's true that a sleepy kitten can rack up the views as well, Nick's videos are actually entertaining and funny (but not as cute or fluffy). Seriously, their MTV Scarred Spoof video featuring extreme skipping is especially worth a viewing (or the Rambo Fan video).
Nick is also a stand-up comedian, and a die-hard Lakers fan, which makes him alright in Simon's book. For more information on Nick's upcoming performances you can visit his website at NickSpears.tv or his MySpace page at MySpace.com/NickSpearsComedy
Q: Did you choose stand up comedy or did it choose you?
NS: I did. I had been doing sketch comedy videos with my boys in "LurkSquad" for about 3 years and we were having some good success. Right about the time MTV Short Circuitz picked up our "Scarred Spoof" to air on their show, I decided it was time to really give this career a shot; and so many of my favorite comedian actors started in stand up, I felt it was the next step. I was living in Boise, Idaho and I approached the open mic managers at the Boise Funny Bone, Justin Hughes & Mundek. I knew nada about stand up besides seeing Harland Williams & Jonathan Winters live, which was embedded in my mind. So, Justin and Mundek pretty much took me in and showed me the ropes. Maybe they saw something in me, maybe they just wanted my body, it's still a mystery to this day; sorta like the Bermuda triangle or Loch Ness.
I loved the idea of writing my own jokes and sharing my storytelling with an audience willing to listen. My first open mic actually rocked. I had a great response from the crowd and was on cloud nine. The very next day was my second open mic. We were at a dive bar, in front of a crowd of four people, with the TVs on and of course the mic didn't work. The local comedians told me this was a situation to grow some balls and get some stage experience, and they were right. To this day, that was my worst room and I'm glad I didn't leave like a prima donna. It's been about a year and a half now, and I must say, I'm better at acting and writing in my sketch video shorts, but I absolutely love the honesty and ambiance of the stand up gig. I don't have to rely on anyone else; it's just me and them. No set is the same, it's always a coin toss. It keeps things interesting. Plus, I'm getting better. I just hate the days I know I don't have a show. That's when you know. I love it.
Q: You like myself, are an unabashed Lakers lover. How would you define the 2008 Season and what does your crystal ball predict for 2009?
NS: 2008 has been like a gift from the gods. Getting rid of Smush and Kwame "Butterfingers" Brown was similar to finding out your one night stand chick isn't actually pregnant. Sigh. And time to move on with your life stress-free. Gasol was the cherry on top. For us, as in the Lakers, to make the finals with such a new team is boggling. As for 2009... wow. Fisher, Kobe, Odom, Gasol, Bynum. Ha! Why not just make that the Western All-Star Team? Oh yeah, and we got Ariza on the bench, too? Nice. Hopefully, Vlade can figure out how to play defense and Turiaf can figure out how to rebound. As for Walton, lay off the bong this summer dood. Farmar and The Machine (watch our Machine videos) need to throw back some wine coolers, hug, and come out to play next season too. We should be unstoppable.
Q: Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?
NS: Great question, it bugs me too. That's why I always dip the keychain in the toilet before I return it to them.
Q: Not that we're stalking you or anything (our interns do that), but we did notice that Van Stone was sitting number 5 on your MySpace friends list. In your opinion, are they the best "fake" band since Spinal Tap?
NS: I am confused... fake? Michael Jackson's face is fake. Dinosaurs are fake. Even the meat in Jack in the Box tacos is fake. But, Van Stone? Sorry to disappoint. Van Stone is real and they truly are Palmdale's #3 rock band. I've been to Palmdale and it's no joke. I was actually a father of six beautiful children before my first Van Stone show. I ended up selling my children to Taiwanese shoe makers to buy a used Saturn and follow Van Stone from gig to gig. Sure, their tour only lasted nine days, but it was the best summer of my life. I actually witnessed lead singer Randy Van Stone perform CPR on Lemmy's wart backstage at a Motorhead concert. Lemmy thanked him and whispered something in Randy's ear. I swore I overheard him say, "Thank you Randy, you now have some of my rock mojo. Don't let me down." And as a Van Stoniac, I can sincerely say he hasn't one bit. He's let a lot of people down, but not Lemmy, or his wart.
Q: What's a personal factoid that your fans would be shocked to learn?
NS: I am actually a 68 year-old Korean woman named Eacho Dong.
Q: On a scale of 1-10, just how funny are you?
NS: About a 2.67? But, my agent (Michael Swoops) says I am a 10.
Q: So you're 29, and the big "three-oh," is knocking on your door. How do you plan on celebrating three decades of you?
NS: Moving out of my Mom's house and finding a job with good health benefits and a 401k option. I also love Oreo ice cream cake, so I may pick one of those up at the local Baskin Robbins.
Q: If you were to take us on a tour of your hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, what are the 5 locations you would describe as "must sees"?
NS: Santa Barbara will always be home to me, but I tend to stay away from the pier and the tourist traps that once were mellow when I was kid.
For comedy, you have Stateside on Tuesday nights and Bricks Cafe on Thursday nights. Both are downtown on State Street and get great comedians. They've been good to me.
My favorite places to eat are Matador Restaurant located downtown on State St... soooo good. Also, Edomasa (sushi), Woody's (bbq), Dean-o's (pizza), Palazzio (italian) and the Italian Grocery for a homemade sub sandwich.
My favorite bar is this dive in Goleta called Break Time. Good bartenders, Liz & John O'Daly; good juke box; and good drinks. I'm usually there with my hood rats.
By far the best place to shop and spend the day in Santa Barbara is the Galleria on upper State Street. It's the bomb!
Q: What's the best way for your fans to stay up-to-date with all your work?
NS: Obviously my MySpace page has all my videos updated and current stand up gigs, or Brad's MySpace page (my alter ego) or any of the following sites: nickspears.tv / lurksquad.com / crash.tv / lakers-fan.com
Q: We end all interviews with word association. I say wombat and you say...