What's your name and where are you from?
How long have you been doing your thing?
I've been doing comedy since 2004 and full time since 2008.
How did you get started?
I grew up with sketch comedy shows like The State and Sifl and Olly and when I got to LSU had a sketch comedy show on Tiger Television. When I moved back to New Orleans there wasn't much of a live comedy scene besides a couple of weekly shows so I spent a Summer in Chicago soaking in everything they did in that scene. Katrina pushed me to Austin where I ended up opening a comedy theater (The New Movement) based off what I learned in Chicago. In 2009 I moved back home to open our second theater (now at 2706 St. Claude Ave.).
What was the moment when you realized you would pursue it seriously?
I wish I could pinpoint the exact moment but I can't. There's been so many shows and moments that are just so overwhelmingly inspiring that I feel like I am constantly reminded that what we do at TNM is important and fun. Whether it's someone coming out of their shell for the first time in front of a sold out level 1 improv recital or a sketch comedy group that has worked their asses off for a month to put up a show that's as good as any sketch show in the country.
What is your favorite medium, technique, or platform for sharing your work?
As a comedian I value being able to quickly push out content on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or Medium (all of my handles there are @christrew). But nothing beats people actually coming out to the theater to watch a live show (you can see me every Wednesday at 9:30p with Chris & Tami, a free weekly comedy event).
Is there anything that you have learned through art that has made you a better person as a whole?
The things that make improv comedy successful on stage definitely translate to real life. Be a good listener, treat people the way you want to be treated, and always be heightening. I think everyone should take an improv class whether they have an interest in comedy or not.
What else are you working on right now?
I'm getting more involved with the New Orleans Pelicans from a content creator standpoint. After years of podcasting, writing, and making videos the team reached out to me about doing some stuff for them. We tested the partnership out at the end of this past season and it worked so look for more in 2017-2018.
What most inspires you about New Orleans?
New Orleans is most definitely the kind of place that will come through for you when you need it to. That's a vague answer but if I get more specific I'm going to end up writing a novel and if I end up writing a novel none of us are going to be able to tackle that nagging to-do list we all have today.