We had the good fortune of connecting with Sethward and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sethward, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Oh what a wonderful question, a truly reflective and important question we all need to ask ourselves frequently. I’ve been lucky to know what I wanted to do for a living at a very young age. Making people laugh has always brought me great happiness. And although this question isn’t directly asking this – performing and creating fleeting moments of happiness is what brings me great joy. The world, especially right now, can seem like a cesspool of pain and dread- great unhappiness. I take my career very seriously, to show people we don’t have to always be serious, that silliness is needed and hopefully that brings people laughter and smiles if even for just a brief spell.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At this time I would describe my published art as absurdist comedy. I get labeled a performance artist and although I don’t call myself that I do accept it as an appropriate label. I am currently the record holder for “Most Gongs” on The Gong Show as well as acquiring the most X’s ever on America’s Got Talent. Some may see this as a horrible way to introduce my art but I accept it as a badge of honor. To be the best at something is commendable and I just so happen to be the best at getting booed offstage of a national television talent show competition. In kindergarten I did not intend on being a professional animal impersonator but that is what I have fallen into being and I’m more than ok with it. I love what I do, I think it is silly, I think it is imperfect, I think it is fun- and that is exactly what I think we need more of these days.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh we would go see many shows and I’d introduce them to all my eclectic performer friends, Scot Nery’s Boobie Trap is a must, anything Wet The Hippo does is great, we’d see Bob Baker’s Marionettes or try and catch an Almighty Opp service. They would have to attend a Show & Tell Screening Spectacular of course. I would attempt to take them to as many weird LA spaces as I can remember; little known abandoned hiking trails like the “Temple” near Wattles Garden Park or more well known avant garde spaces like Clifton’s Cafeteria. LA has so many things to do and see I would also use the opportunity to try and find new places and see show’s I’ve never seen!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The people who gather together the last friday of every month in Hollywood in a small backyard celebrating each other’s accomplishments and positive criticism known as the Show & Tell community is who I’m going to dedicate this to. For it is this group of people that has kept me accountable for consistently creating and brings me so much joy every month with their fellowship!