Kevin Israel jokes that, when he was born, his father held him aloft and loudly exclaimed “he will be a lawyer!” While we won’t ruin the punchline, Israel did become a lawyer, but only after first disappointing his parents to become a stand-up comic. And a good one at that.
Tonight at Zanie’s in Chicago, Israel, Greg Collett, and the other four Comedians at Law continue their Lawmageddon 2012 tour through six cities. This week we sat down with Israel to talk about his career, the show, and the ultimate disappointment of his parents.
Hostra Law, 2009.
Yup. Graduated college in 1999. Worked for a few years and started to do comedy in 2001. Decided to go to law school in 2005. It makes very little sense, but thanks for helping me realize I’m the failure my parents always warned me about.
I was one of the oldest people in my class and I managed not to murder anyone.
I worked for a mid-size construction law firm in NYC for over a year. Now I work as chief of staff for a state senator and an assemblyman in New Jersey. My work and my comedy very rarely overlap. But the folks I work for now are very supportive of my comedic career. They are great people and understand my passion.
It’s funny, because we are all so different. We have unique backgrounds, professional experiences, and comedy styles. I guess that helps make our show so much fun.
Bill Cosby opened me up to the world of comedic story telling. His act wasn’t about punch lines, it was about going on a ride and laughing the entire way. Today I genuinely look up to any comedian willing to get on stage and make a run at it. The business is so much harder today than it was in years past.
I did for over a year, I finally moved out about 10 months ago. I’m sure the ladies in all the coffee klatches miss watching me mow the lawn. Sorry girls . . . .
All of them!
Expect to feel much better about yourselves when you leave the show. We will bring the funny just like we did in D.C. This is a show to remember.
Yeah, I’m pulling down about 1/10 of what I was 2 years ago. But I’m happy and following my dream . . . right?
Do it! Your parents miss you . . . and they will be so proud. I see tears of joy every time I talk to my parents. Those are tears of joy . . . right, mom?
Photo courtesy of Kevin Israel