We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Larson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I grew up around one of the funniest people I have ever met, still, to this day – My father. I remember holidays when the whole family was together; My dad and my uncle were a comedy duo, in their own right. the entire house would be in tears! I listened to people tell my dad he should be a comedian, up until he passed away when I was 16. I went through a very low point in life. Didn’t really want attention. I really just kept to myself. This lasted for a few years, until I shuck my ‘doom and gloom” mentality. Every now and again I’d say something to make my friends laugh, and it was like chiseling away at a stone…a very depressing stone. LOL. I was far from a class clown (I hated getting in trouble!) but, once in a while, I’d throw in a quick funny line, when the opportunity presented itself, that would make the teachers laugh, as well. When I turned 20, I started working as a merchandiser at Coca-Cola. We used to have to be in the warehouse to grab our route and be on the road by 5:30am (sometimes even 4:30am, depending on the route!). Let me tell you..I am NOT a morning person. I used to take a seat in the office and saying funny things and roast my co-workers, and managers, until they realized 30 minutes had passed, so it gave me a little extra time to wake up, before starting work. After a few weeks of this, I started to think, “OMG..I have a super power” lol. My fellow merchandisers started to take notice, and I slowly became “the funny guy at work”. I worked there for 7 years until one of my co-workers saw a local comedy open mic was taking place and they told me I should sign up, and I instantly had feelings flooding in my mind of all the times I heard people say telling my father to be a comedian. Me? A comedian? The thought had never crossed my mind. Long story short – I went to that mic, eventually quit my job and started doing photography so I could set my own hours, and here we are 10 years later. I love what I do and I’ll never look back.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started doing photography 10 years ago so I was able to set my own hours and pay bills, so I could do comedy full time. I put just as much work into my photography as I do my comedy. I never wanted someone to ever say, “Well, he’s a great comedian, but his photography is so-so” or vise versa. By putting in the extra effort, I’ve honed my skills and began shooting weddings, events, and I have the incredible privilege of being the in-house photographer at Punch Line Sacramento. I’d done portraits for the likes of JB Smoove, Tommy Davidson, Bert Kreischer, Tom Segura, Brian Posehn, Bill Bellamy, Joey “CoCo” Diaz, and Craig Robinson.
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.
Donut Friend in Highland Park. That is all…seriously…go there!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a huge shoutout to my fiance, Danielle Arce, who is also a comedian! She keeps me motivated, and writing more than I ever have. We’re working on big things, together. My best friend in comedy, Saul Trujillo, who is a hilarious comic, and the co-host of our podcast, Joke Me Off. My comedy group the Deaf Puppies. And, lastly, the mother of my children for helping me get to this point by working her butt off, taking care of the kids and working so I can do what I love to do.
The first image of me on stage at Punch Line Sacramento is by William McDaniel @optycal.vision