A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH CJ SULLIVAN
By: Maxine Grandy, Comedy Bar Intern
Our headliner this week (Halloween 2015) is C.J. Sullivan. Sullivan is a Chicago-based comedian who was also a cast member on Comedy Central’s “Mash Up.” I was able to talk with CJ and ask the kind of questions you just want to know about your headliner.
- How long have you been doing stand-up?
CJ: “I’ve been doing stand up for about 15 years, some good. I think it was 2003, 2008 and now.”
- What was your first major gig?
CJ: “My first major gig that I thought was something was doing a guest spot on some Second City special event show. I did a character that did not go over well at all. My parents were in town and saw it. We drove home separately.”
- Tell me a little bit about your experience on Comedy Central and how you got there?
CJ: “I was on Comedy Central show called “Mash Up”. It was a great experience , and a lot of fun to shoot, because everyone working on it was great and fun. Plus it wasn’t just a stand up set, it was sketches acting out your own bits. TJ Miller and Jordan Voght Roberts were the producers and it was basically their show. That is how I got the slot. TJ is a long time, good friend from his time back here in Chicago. It’s a shame that show couldn’t keep going, because it was pretty solid, I thought. But TJ, rightfully had bigger things to get to. I am forever grateful to him for allowing me that opportunity.”
- If you had to give up either beer or hard liquor for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
CJ: “Well, I like liquor better than beer, but I think that decision will be made by age and the spirits themselves. Hard liquor told me years ago to give it up, and I listen…I just keep forgetting to remember.”
- Are you bummed that you’re going to be performing on Halloween?
CJ: “No, I’m not bummed to be performing on Halloween. I’m actually doing a Halloween show earlier in the week where I’ll be dressed as a character. It’s fun, because it’s only like 8 minutes. For these shows, when your headlining, it gets awkward if I’m dressed up in a costume. I can do about 5 to 10 minutes of riffing on it up top. But then, I have to eventually get into my act, and it’s an overweight vampire doing bits about Uber drivers. It’s weird. But Halloween shows are fun, because the crowd is lively and in a fun mood already and probably drop a lot of inhibitions.“
In conclusion, C.J. is an experienced comedian who makes his parents uncomfortable, has had a taste of the big-time, alcohol talks to him, and though he can’t wait to be performing on Halloween you will not be seeing him like this: