We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Nicholas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alex, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
As long as I can remember I was always drawn to things that didn’t have rules or structure. From drawing, skateboarding and to now comedy are all things that attracted me because they’re all inherently limitless in possibilities. I think that careers that are strict in structure have a “right and wrong” way to do things in order to progress which never suited me. The pursuit of a creative career made more sense to me because your progression is all at your own pace and what comes out of it is all based on what your goals are and how much time you’re willing to put in to your craft. No two people are exactly the same so the different paths you end up taking in pursuit of the end goal you want are infinite, which to me can’t be recreated with the typical 9-5 career.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started doing comedy almost 8 years ago in New Jersey and still feel like I just started yesterday haha. I’d like to think what sets me apart from others is in this era of the internet and instant gratification I’m still taking an old school approach. I always wanted to make sure that I’m as fundamentally sound as I can be before I start trying to flood the internet with content and putting projects out with my name on it. A lot of my material is personal to me and I want to make sure I’m doing my life’s experiences justice from when I start writing the joke to how I tell it. Right now I’m most proud and excited for my first comedy album that I recorded live at NJ Skate Shop back in November. It was my first hour, we sold out the skate shop which visually and sentimentally was really appealing to me. We only did one show one take so the hour itself was a huge gamble and it sounds raw, experimental and honest which is exactly what I wanted for my first project and I couldn’t be happier with how it came out.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I currently live in Jersey City so theres definitely a lot of things to do. Liberty State Park is always a cool spot to walk around or just hang. You can go running, picnic or even just hang by the water and The Statue of Liberty is nearby too which is cool to see if you’ve never been. Right by the park is the light rail that you can take downtown where theres too many bars and restaurants to count some of my favorites to go to would be White Star, Matthews, Lucky 7’s, Porta and the best taco spot ever Downtown Taqueria. And of course because I’m a comic my favorite spots to hang out are the bars/ breweries that run shows so Petshop, Corgi DIstillery, Departed Soles, JSQ Lounge and Deep Space Art Gallery. The best part about most of these places too is its by the PATH train which takes you to World Trade Center in New York in two stops so you really have everything you need right here.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Sheesh, there are way too many ppl that come to mind that deserve a Shoutout ! First and foremost my consiglieres, my parents for not only supporting what I do but giving me the morals, ethics and common sense to stay on the right path and stay focused on this journey. My girlfriend for always being my cornerman whenever life in general roughs me up from time to time. My brothers Stanley Asiegbulem, Gordon Baker- Bone, Bryan Miranda & Tyler Cox for being nothing but inspirations to me on the daily, always excelling in their creative endeavors and overall just being great human beings. Vinnie Brand, Mark McCoy & Derrick Stevens from Stress Factory Comedy Club for being the first people to give me a chance and let me grow on their stage. Chris Nieratko & Steve Leonardo from NJ Skateshop for always giving me a space to perform and taking me with them across the country to be exposed to different people and places. Last but not least, my comedy family in Jersey and all over, for not only taking me in at 19 years old but always inspiring me to keep progressing and molding me to what I am right now. I love all you dudes !

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Brian Hughes, Sean Carabarin , JT Anderson, Joe McAndrew

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