David Foster is a stand-up comic who was born in Manhattan and raised in Rockland County. He has been performing for 11 years. He has a cerebral yet relatable style, choosing to cover such topics as: modern medicine, the relativity of intelligence and kindness as they pertain to anxiety, and challenging atheism. He is very expressive with his voice and his mannerisms on stage. YuletideSnapper.com caught up with David Foster to discuss his career in comedy.
YS: Who are some of your favorite comics?
DF: On “Tier One” it’s a tie between Richard Pryor and Louie C.K. For “Tier Two”, I like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Mitch Hedberg, Dave Chappelle, and David Cross. I’d put Bill Cosby on “Tier 1 ½”.
YS: What’s your favorite thing and what’s your least favorite thing about doing Comedy?
DF: My favorite thing is the experience of trying a new bit that I take pride in and it kills. When that happens, I feel as though multiple positive things have taken place: I’ve evolved as an artist and I’ve been heard and understood. My least favorite thing is bombing with material that you know is good on a show that carries importance [e.g. auditioning for a club or agent]. Also, I do get frustrated by the lack of structure in the business.
What is your writing process like?
DF: I write sporadically: Sometimes on the subway en route to shows I look at my notebook and revise material. For tough topics, I have to sit down at a computer and really work it out in front of me. Though I don’t always write everything down word-for-word. I outline what I’m going to say in bullet points.
Do you have a favorite club to perform in?
DF: The Eastville Comedy Club. I get booked by the weekend (Thurs.-Sun.). And probably partially because of the location there’s a very diverse, intelligent crowd. They pay attention and are usually receptive to thinking, so you can really change minds there. The set up of a room is important, and the set up of Eastville is near perfect. Also, the quality of the comics is high.
You can see David Foster at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club on 8/9 – 8/10, Comix at Foxwoods 8/23-8/25, and at Eastville Comedy Club 8/30-9/1. You can also check out his blog, davidfostercomedyblog.com and other performance dates on his site, DavidFostercomedy.com.