Editor’s note: This show has been canceled, according to Goodnights Comedy Club’s Facebook page, and the interview was conducted before the cancellation.
One of the reasons the late comic Taylor Negron was so appealing is that he didn’t care if the audience failed to know exactly what he was talking about. Negron would riff about life on Melrose in Los Angeles while working a club in Atlanta.
Sean Patton is cut from the same cloth. The Louisiana native has no problem talking about his Brooklyn neighborhood while cracking wise in Minneapolis.
“People can relate to what I’m talking about since what happens where I live isn’t all that different from what’s happening anywhere else,” Patton says. “It’s not like we’re that different in America.”
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Patton, who was scheduled to appear Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh, doesn’t look that different from the average guy.
“I’m just being me up there,” Patton says while calling from his Brooklyn apartment.
Patton often jokes about his Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) while performing.
“You use what you have,” Patton says. “I have OCD. I can talk about it. What people who don’t have OCD may not realize is that OCD stays with you. But the cool thing is that everything is going to be alright.”
Most stand-ups have a comic hero they grew up with but that’s not so for Patton. He came of age in Cajun country with no stand-up favorite.
“I just didn’t have any favorite comedians as a kid,” Patton says. “You know what really turned me on to comedy was ‘Mr. Show,’ which was such a great show on HBO. I loved watching that during the early ‘90s. It was inventive, funny and different. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross were amazing during the ‘Mr. Show’ run.”
Patton is also reminiscent of the late, under-heralded comic Patrice O’Neal, who was also very theatrical. Similarly, Patton uses gestures to his benefit.
“That’s just the way I am,” Patton says. “I can’t help but use my hands. It works for me.”
Patton is as adept at telling jokes as he is at delivering personal stories. “I always have a lot to talk about,” Patton says. “I can move in a number of different directions.”
During a set at South by Southwest earlier this year, Patton received laughs by riffing on the No. 13 superstition and a bit about the Texas-sized burger.
“There is nothing else I would rather do,” Patton says. “Despite how I might come off onstage, I’m so thankful to be able to do what I do for a living.”