With many things currently in the works, Jon Laster finds himself being a busy man. For 15 years, Laster has navigated the difficult NY comedy scene, and in the last few years his work has started to pay off.
Laster didn’t always want to be a comedian. As a college student, he hosted a talk show, and had hopes to continue down this career path. That was until he realized that everyone whom he found funny was a comedian. The comedy legends that inspired him included the likes of Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and Martin Lawrence.
“Comedy Jam was a big deal for me. It was the first time I realized that anyone could be a comedian, before that I thought there were only like 4 professional comedians,” said Laster.
After devoting himself to the idea of stand-up comedy he had another decision to face: LA or NY. Since his sister had a couch for him to sleep on, NY was his choice. From then on, Laster started to perform at comedy clubs and bar shows in NYC, and according to him, he started to bomb.
Since then, Laster has accomplished many things, and is currently working on a number of different projects.
When asked how he describes his comedy he quickly answered “funny, hopefully,” before expanding. Laster says that recently his comedy has become more autobiographical, and focuses much more on his life and his take on things that are happening around him.
His greatest accomplishment, according to Laster, was winning the Stand Up NBC annual competition in 2012.
“Winning a national competition like that where you are judged by people who really know comedy was really special…It kind of makes you feel like the comedians’ comedian,” said Laster
Laster was recently signed by the well-known and prestigious talent management agency 3 Arts. Laster described it as “the Mount Everest of comedy management” as they also have signed comedy stars such as Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle.
Currently, he is starring in a web series called Ride Share, which follows an Uber driver who encounters an eclectic group of people in his daily life. Each episode revolves around different people, often in a vulnerable and emotional state.
He is also working on releasing a documentary about his life and journey titled Jon Laster on Fire. His film “No More Mr. Nice Guy” will be released on April 9th, and his other film “One Bedroom” has been making its way around the film festival circuit.
Jon Laster has been a big supporter of BLFC since the very beginning and we’re excited to follow his success.