Jeremy Hotz is in the midst of his "Magical Misery Tour" (Tristan Brand)
I wasn't the best looking kid but once I started getting laughs the girls started paying attention to me.
—Jeremy Hotz, comic
Jeremy Hotz is a Canadian actor and stand-up comic who lives in California. He's appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, won a Gemini for his role in The Newsroom and appeared in Speed 2: Cruise Control.
He's currently touring the country on his Magical Misery Tour, and is bringing his unique style of humour to Winnipeg. SCENE decided to get to know the acclaimed comedian a bit better. It sort of worked.
Where and when did you first perform standup? How did it go?
At my Bar Mitzvah... By the way, I killed.
When and where do you do most of your writing?
On bathroom walls.
Do you remember the first meaningful time you got a laugh? And how did it inspire you to hone your craft?
I was in grade four. I wasn't the best looking kid but once I started getting laughs the girls started paying attention to me. To this day, I continue to date well out of my league.
What other comedian inspires you and why?
Mimes. These guys just stand there, barely move, never say a thing. Easiest gig in the world.
Whose act are you most likely to quote at a cocktail party?
My own, so I get kicked out. Don't like cocktail parties. Just a room teeming with pseudo-intellectuals, milling about in dusty old suits, that smell like your great grandparents.
What's the strangest place someone has done an impression of you, to you?