Interview with comic OPE, pre-Brokechella

April 18, 2015
590 S Santa Fe Avenue, Downtown Los Angeles
Produced by cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA
Interview by Harriet Kaplan

  Ope, one of the three comedians, performing at BROKECHELLA, spoke to, talked and shared, his opinion, what essential trait makes a comedian stand out from the pack, how this event is unique and his determination and drive to deliver the funniest set possible.

The first thing I would say that makes a great comedian is someone that wants to be creative,” Ope explained. “Comedians are supposed to be communicators. We are supposed to communicate with crowds through our words and make them laugh on cue. Finding the most creative way to do that makes you a great comedian. My influences are Dave Chapelle, Louis C.K., Bill Burr and Richard Pryor. They are the greatest communicators of all time. Eddie Izzard is another one. He uses history to convey his ideas of the present. I think that’s amazing.

“I’m involved with BROKECHELLA because Robbie Kirkhuff was involved with it last year. I was told to submit and it’s not far from where I live which is awesome. I’ve been to a couple other festivals in the past where travel was always a problem. I like that it showcases the talent in Southern California. It’s always fun to see a big crowd’s reaction to a joke. Unlike working an open mic and telling jokes to two people. We are showing everyone what is going on in the underground scene. I get inspired from seeing other people’s talents. I like that BROKECHELLA because it represents various art forms. I’ve seen events where it’s only musicians. Here there is going to be arm wrestlers to a puppy petting station. You don’t see that in other festivals – it’s either music or comedy. I got to hold down my fort when it’s comes to the comedy, and go out there, and be the best I can be. All the other comics and performers are going to do the same thing, too.”