We had the good fortune of connecting with Gordon Baker-Bone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gordon, why did you pursue a creative career?
I knew I wasn’t interested in a typical office lifestyle. I wanted to do something that would challenge me and give me new challenges everyday. Also I hate when people send passive aggressive emails with “as per my last email.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m most excited about my continued growth as an artist. I not only have an opportunity to perform stand-up on stage but I also get to express myself artistically behind the scenes.
I’m part of two podcasts. The first podcast is called The Bad Advice Show. This podcast includes myself and two other co-hosts, Cerrome Russel and Melanie Dione. We discuss current issues/topics and give out terrible, funny advice on how to deal with life. The second podcast I created is called Period Piece. The premise of this podcast is interviewing guests (comedians and friends) about their experience with their own periods or the periods of the people they love. I’m excited that they are growing a following and they are also showing me that I can be a creative off stage as well.
The other project that has been exciting to me includes the Drunk Black History show that I co-host with Brandon Collins. It’s a great show that teaches audiences about Black history in a fun and engaging way. The show has guests including comedians and academics to provide information about Black history that has not been shared before.
I’m also in the process of developing a documentary called BHM (Black History Matters). It has been on hiatus due to COVID restrictions, but I am hoping to move forward with this project pretty soon.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If it’s not a comedy club in NYC, I would take them to downtown Newark, NJ in the Ironbound section. Not only is Newark my hometown it also has some of the best spots to eat and hangout like Krugs Tavern for their epic burger. There is also Iberia Restaurant for their paella and rodizio. Ferry Street Barbecue for their Portuguese barbecue. There is also Cooper’s Deli, but I’m not going to tell you where that is since I don’t want that to get gentrified.
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?
I would have to say Aaron McGruder, the creator of Boondocks. His comic strips really inspired me and told me that I could have and share a strong voice and opinion and it could still be funny. Also the author Austin Kleon, he wrote a book called “Steal Like an Artist” and I felt that this book helped me to understand how art is defined. It also helped me to identify all the ways that my art is influenced by everything around me. Those are the main two that I would have to say heavily impacted my career.
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