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Life & Work with Patrick Aiken

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Aiken.

Hi Patrick, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It starts with a cliché story about watching a TedTalk many years ago that left me pondering, “What’s the one thing I need in my life that constantly fulfills me?”

After ruling out White Claw, toxic relationships, and my toxic relationship with White Claw, I realized that I naturally try and make people laugh any chance I can get. Not in an annoying class-clown fashion, but as somebody who sincerely wants to see the joy on people’s faces when they’re laughing. You can’t fake that.

After coming to this realization, I started writing down jokes, premises, puns, ideas – everything. Then, I stumbled upon an open mic at a gay bar and went for it. Five minutes felt like an hour on stage and 10 seconds at the same time, but I got some chuckles from the crowd and was instantly hooked.

The rest is history…

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
A smooth road wouldn’t have earned the appreciation that I have for comedy. I caught on quickly to how honest crowds were – they laugh if it’s funny, they don’t if it’s not. I saw this early on and knew to only bring my A-game to the stage.

The biggest struggle I’ve had and still have today is how to stay fresh. Where do you keep getting new ideas from? How do you stay away from putting out low-hanging jokes just to try and keep people from coming back to your shows?

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
By day, I’m the Director of Production for the Phoenix branch of Clearwing Productions. I started in the production industry as an audio engineer, specializing in theatrical audio design and operation.

The thing I’m most proud of is my ability to produce successful comedy shows that have gained loyal and consistent followings. After spending over a decade in the live events industry, I’ve seen hundreds of successful (and unsuccessful) shows. This knowledge is what granted me the confidence to undertake to produce my own comedy shows in Phoenix for both gay bars in my community and at comedy clubs.

What sets me apart from others is my drive to not settle for sub-par products on the shows I produce and keep moving the standard of quality that people expect when they see comedians on stage.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
The best way people can support me is to come to my showwwwwwwwwwsssssssssss! I’m fortunate to say that I get booked at clubs across the Phoenix valley and am planning on expanding out of state.

If anybody wants to collaborate with me, they can reach out to me on social media at @laughmissile or on my website: patrickaikenwastaken.com.

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