Imic SOLOMON GEORGIO, pre-Brokechella

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

Solomon Georgio is a finalist of NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, a regular performer at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival (Seattle, WA) and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (Portland, OR), and most recently had his television debut on CONAN. The Ethiopian comedian explained his Italian name, the movie Pocahontas, and Himalayan sea-salt on the late-night show.

Georgio talked with us about how he views himself as a comedian and going the flow but yet having a professional, crafted approach to delivering the material he writes, but at the same time, allowing for space in between to create spontaneity to occur at any given show with audience and the ability to shift gears.

“I found the category of alternative comic fits me,”Georgio said. “I found that BROKECHELLA  plays really well into my life. It’s a DIY situation. It’s people doing things for the love of doing them and sharing it with as many people as they like. Stuff like this I enjoy the most. It’s great to build the audience and get more people to come out to my shows but it’s way more fun to have people who love performing together in a fun setting where we can do what we love to do. That’s my favorite aspect of festivals in general. At the end of the day, I’m a more live in the moment kind person. I want to perform and have good time. That’s the reward for me. I’m about enjoying each and every show as it is. Hopefully that leads to better stuff in the future. If it doesn’t, I’m just having a good time.

“With a smaller audience, you can hone in on people individually. Yes a lot of my material is written beforehand so I can’t really say this will work in small crowds or bigger crowds. With bigger crowds, it can be funnier because laughter is contagious. It’s a little less work for me because the audience is feeding off my energy and I feed off of theirs.

“I write about social commentary or experiences in my own life. The size of the crowd doesn’t affect what I want to say. I do focus on the newer material because I want to develop it the most.  You develop your set and want to expand it longer. It’s like being in the moment. What feels pertinent to me and what do I want to share. How funny is it? If I’m laughing about it, it will make it easier to make other people laugh. Most of it is intuitive. I have the material. I wrote it out and practiced it and rehearsed it. Now is the decision whether I feel like doing this particular joke tonight. It can happen onstage where I decide to switch out a joke. Unless I’m on TV, there is no point in me being glued to a set. It’s like this is fun and I think this joke will work right now. You feel every audience and their mood. You definitely stay on the path, but if you take a few steps away, it’s the perfect time.”

Solomon Georgio  on Twitter