Scott Backman is a rising comedian who was born in Hackensack, NJ to his Irish Catholic mother from Jersey City, NJ and Jewish father from Queens, NY. As a child, Scott appeared on "Romper Room" with "Miss Molly" and knew he wanted to be a comedian after watching Nickelodeon’s "You Can’t Do That On Television."
Scott survived and graduated from Mount Olive High School in Flanders, NJ after being in the marching band, and on the swim and track teams. Scott finished his education at Suffolk University in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Advertising and spent the next years of his life working in marketing. He worked hard in his cubicle watching YouTube videos and writing his book which would essentially change his life! Outside of work, Scott became an avid dancer, and added Irish Step and Swing to his repertoire of Dirty. He also became an ordained minister, well online at least, and was the Solemnizer for the marriage of two good friends in Provincetown, MA.
When Scott was finally "let go" from his job, he decided to pack up his life and follow his dreams of being a stand-up comedian and TV host and drove across the country to the land of opportunity….Los Angeles!
Scott now lives in West Hollywood and is enjoying performing his stand-up acts! He is also a huge animal lover and enjoys assisting at animal rescues and spending free time volunteering with the elderly.
Now, Scott is bringing his comedy to New York City! Come see the hilarious Scott Backman at Stand-Up NY on May 2 (236 West 78th Street) and on May 6 at Therapy (348 West 52nd Street, between 8th & 9th Ave).
1. Who or what inspired you to become a comedian? I knew I wasn't meant for corporate America and needed to find a career where my mouth wouldn't get me into trouble, but make me money! As a kid, I always loved to watch pranks and listen to jokes. I remember watching "You Can't Do That On Television" thinking I wanted to be one of the kids doing the 'locker jokes' segment. And then once "America's Funny Home Videos" came a long, I loved laughing at watching people's bloopers. When my younger brother got a guitar and microphone for his birthday one year, I only wanted to play with the microphone pretending I had an audience. Saying crazy things and whatever came to my mind. Once I was old enough to realize that people actually did this for a living, I knew I wanted to be a comedian. I love finding the 'funny' in all sorts of situations. Saying outrageous things and watching people's expressions and reactions.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I would love to work with "Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Fallon, Impractical Jokers," Daniel Tosh, Lisa Lampanelli, Louis CK and of course, Joan Rivers!
3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your stand-up act? That being able to laugh at yourself and realize that we aren't all perfect. We are all different and I like to share it with whoever I can. And most of all, to make the most out of the life that we are given. At 32 years old, I never thought that I would have the balls and opportunity to do what I really wanted to do. And here I am doing it, and loving it!
4. You have two shows coming up in New York this May. May 2 at Stand-Up NY and May 6 at Therapy. What made you want to perform at these two venues? I love to do all types of shows, with all types of audiences. A comedian I performed with previously told me about the Stand-Up NY show. I haven't been to the space yet, but hear it is a fun atmosphere and a great opportunity to perform with other great comedians.
5. What excites you about your upcoming performances in New York? I grew up in NJ and love the energy that NYC has. I look forward to the new audience members and friends and family having the opportunity to see me on stage.
6. Where is your favorite place to write your stand-up act? Where is your favorite place to practice? I have thoughts of different things to talk about on stage run through my head all day long. I make sure I don't leave home without my notebook to write them down. I am always looking for the 'funny' and 'ridiculousness' of everyday life. Meeting new people and trying new things. For example, taking an Irish step dancing class, volunteering at an assisted living facility, and just talking to people while in line at Starbucks. I practice at open mics and smaller shows that I do. Some things that are funny in my head, really aren't funny when you say them out loud. Or finding out how I need to tweak it to make it funny, or just cut it out completely.
7. What made you want to become an ordained minister? What do you get from this venture that you don't get from being a comedian? When gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts, my good friends asked me to officiate their wedding in Provincetown...the gayest place on Earth! It was a huge honor and something I hold close to me. In Massachusetts, anyone can get a license to perform a marriage for the day. Yes, and they even allowed me for only $25! It was the only wedding I performed....and yes, they are still married.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a comedian? I have learned that being myself, my true self is most important. It has given me a thick skin to really not worry about what others think about me. I am not going to be liked by everyone but as long as I'm liked my most, that's fine with me.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? The best advice I have ever received is to follow your dreams and do what makes your happy. There are so many unhappy things in the world that are unavoidable, I thrive on the happy times and how life isn't perfect; but it could be so much worse.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Besides my future rich and handsome husband who I haven't met yet? It would be my grandmother was near and dear to my heart. I love waking up after having a dream about her. It feels as if she is always with me and I get to see, hear and feel her.
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Oh boy, I feel like I never really have day off. When I need to clear my head, and get away from my computer, TV and phone, I like to go to the beach or go for a hike. Or on a nice sunny day, grabbing a few beers with friends and talking about the latest tv shows, pop culture and bad decisions we made.
12. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs....when I'm not going commando.
13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? After living in LA and dealing traffic, I would love to have the power of instant travel.