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Alex Leeds

Were you ever bored as a child?

No, never really bored. I was always either making comics or inviting kids outside to play Pokemon or something.

How long have you been creating?

I made comic books when I was a kid. In high school I would write funny short stories and pass them around class and people would laugh. I did stand up comedy for the first time in 2010.

Would you consider yourself an outsider artist?

I would just consider myself a comedian who likes to make people laugh through art.

When did you get the idea to send drawings to celebrities?

I got super high one day and started drawing the Florence Y'All water tower in Florence, KY (its on Wikipedia, look it up). While doing so I got the idea that it would be funny if Florence Henderson signed it, so I looked up her address online and mailed it out, not really expecting to ever see it again. A couple months later I got it back, autographed, so I decided to see how many times I could get a celebrity to autograph a dumb drawing. So far its over 300.

I find I have to organise my projects in my brain and access them at the right time or they all just run around my head - do you feel the same?

Sort of. As long as I work on the multiple projects every day I can stay organized, but if I miss a day it's difficult to get back on track.

What comedy most inspires you?

Animation like the Simpsons and Rick and Morty. Followed by stand-up comedy.

Which comedian most inspires you?

Andy Kaufman/Charlie Chaplin tied.

Why and how did you get into comedy?

I got my degree in video production and made tons of short films in college. After graduation it was harder to get people to film, so I decided to get into stand up so I could continue doing a form of comedy that i only needed myself to do.

What drives you to do what you do?

I don't want to be forgotten when I die.

Describe your perfect Tuesday.

Wake up, check the mail and see that I have a drawing coming back in the mail, make some coffee, eat a sausage egg cheese McGriddle from McDonalds, play with my cats Darla and Pickles, watch some TV, shower, start work on the projects I have in progress. Do a stand-up comedy mic or show in the evening.

Describe your worst experience on public transport

I've had some pretty bad Uber drivers, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Best sofa you've ever slept on?

My own cause I know who's had sex on it (me once).

Best piece of advice a comedian ever gave you?

Work every day.

Worst piece of advice a critic ever gave you?

None that I can remember.

Tell us a joke.

Here's my most recent tweet - "the lady at Great Clips messed up my haircut and of course her bodycam was turned off"

What's the furthest you've travelled for the least amount of money/open spot?

I did a comedy festival in Indianapolis for a free t-shirt.

On a scale of 1-10 , how hungry are you right now?

2, I just ate a shit ton of fettuccine alfredo so I'm pretty full.

How has lockdown been for you?

I had my colon removed in June, but other than that it's probably been similar to everybody else.

Have you been more or less productive?

More productive. I'm working on an animated cartoon pitch that I hope to have ready by the time covid is over.

Anything else you'd like to say?

Have your pets spayed or neutered.


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