Here are some videos of me doing a variety of stuff. Some stand-up, some poetry, a little character work, etc. I hope you enjoy them. Feel free to like/share. You can visit my YouTube channel to check out all of the videos I’ve posted there (not all are included here). Thanks for being interested!
In advance of the “Together We Rise: a Counter-Inaugural Celebration of Resistance” a march, art show, activism drive, and multi-genre live show that I helped organize I and Mindy Fried, a co-organizer, were pleased to speak to Chris Lovett of The Boston Neighborhood Network regarding the purpose and spirit of the event. We had a great discussion and I was thrilled at the excellent turnout we experienced at the actual event.
In January 2016 I did “The Kerfuffle: Cleaning Out the Cobwebs” and it’s def on my personal top 10 list of shows I’ve ever done. It was a show-and-tell for a bunch of random artifacts I grabbed from my place, basement storage, and my car. I gave most of them away to the audience. Here’s a one minute supercut of just a few of the items. Don’t ask why I had any of them, I can’t help you. But if you have any contacts at QVC who might know about openings for infomercial hosts…def get at me. The moral of this story is NEVER clean your room. P.S. This clip is moderately NSFW so beware.
Would you rather give a bunch of unwitting preteens an Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test or Do the Dew out of a marsupial? I asked this crowd and…it was NOT close.
Short excerpt from a 35 minute comedic PowerPoint presentation about Tinder using screen grabs from my own (mis)adventures with the app. This is me delivering a brief intro description of Tinder basics. It was a pretty diverse crowd age-wise with some couples who were *clearly* there on Tinder dates themselves and some couples there with their college-aged kids. This was for them.
Heya, I’ve got Crohn’s Disease and a few years ago it almost killed me. Good news though! I’m still alive and can laugh about it now. Check out the story I told about it at the Moth.
I can’t draw. Like..AT ALL. I’ve known this since I was a child. This fact has always been a bit regrettable for me, until Boston Comic Con 2015, during which it managed to pay of…kind of, if only for a few minutes. Enjoy!
I made the news! And I didn’t even have to get arrested. I had a super-fun time being part of NECN’s “Does It Work?” product review segment. Check out the uncanny Phantom Saucer!
Cormac McCarthy has been one of my favorite writers for years. No one touches his prose style and the places he takes you…just…damn. But if you’re like me you’ve probably wondered: What if that dude wrote greeting cards? Well now you know.
Hazard playing Tolkien playing Gandalf! Good times here as part of a Literary Roast wherein a bunch of different artists from all sorts of disciplines joined together to take a few literary sacred cows down a peg. I chose the bard of Middle Earth. Betcha didn’t know that J.R.R. Tolkien invented cosplay. Well, you do now.
I’m a Talking Head! I participated in a multimedia project by Boston University journalism students that explored almost every facet of Boston comedy (stand-up, sketch, improv, performers, venues, and the general culture of funny in the city). Some of my friends/favorite comedians were also involved. You can CHECK OUT THE FULL PROJECT HERE. Here’s my individual profile vid. In it I offer some of my own thoughts about performing in Boston, my growth as a comic, and how I handle the week to week of doing this thing I love. Special thanks to Samantha Tatro & the rest of her team for all of their hard work on this super cool project!
File Under: “Wes Hazard Can Never Run for President” From the 3/17/14 edition of The Encyclopedia Show Somerville. The theme of the show was “Explorers”. Throughout the evening we were gradually being “colonized” by representatives from The Encyclopedia Show Washington D.C. I was brought out to try and instill some cross-cultural understanding between the two camps, and I of course turned to the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas for inspiration. You can decide for yourselves on how effective you think it was.
This one goes out to anybody who was ever told “You aren’t black enough” or “You act white”. F that. With a little help from Stefan Urquelle I just want to say: never judge anyone until you’ve heard their story.
I prove that Matthew Lillard is the unacknowledged dean of American serial killer cinema.
February 26, 1993: Judy Winslow went up to her room and never came back down. I’ve been searching for her ever since…. From the Stefan Urquelle 20th Anniversary show that I put together and hosted. Very Fun.
From The Encyclopedia Show Somerville: Season 2, Vol. 1 — DINOSAURS (09/09/13) My 1st appearance as a recurring cast member on ESS. I, Wes Hazard the “Questionable Expert” deliver a “lecture” on Dinosaurs. Referenced: Roger Corman, Steven Spielberg, DNA, Kaiju, Archaeology, The Star Wars Prequels, Bandai, Sexually Frustrated Binomial Nomenclature, Middle-Period Whoopi Goldberg, Blatant Hollywood Ripoffs, & Endearing But Noticeable Racism in Children’s TV Programming.
DOMA got repealed earlier this year. Nice. As a film fanatic who grew up watching a TON of cable I think I was more surprised than most by the legal turnaround. I give my perspective through the lens of an overlooked 1996 Showtime Original Movie.
In September 2013 I participated in Cultivated Wit‘s Comedy Hack Day @ MIT’s Media Lab, a weekend-long event joining together developers, designers, and comedians to brainstorm, create & demo hilarious hardware, app, websites & more! I teamed up with Boston-based developer/stand-up comic/improviser Trevor Burnham to create SlySound a covert music ID app that we pitched as “Shazam for Hipsters”. It was a total blast! Check out the accompanying interview here.
This my 1st ever performance at a dedicated storytelling event (7/2/13). Part of Massmouth’s “Crack-Up: Funny Stories” series. I’ve been doing stand-up for years but I’ve recently had a desire to branch out and do some pure storytelling in addition to comedy. It was a great experience and I ended up winning the audience vote that evening to come away with a win on event’s open mic. It was a sweet first time!
This is a short but full set of my stand-up from October 2011, which was my month-in-residence at The Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. It’s an amazing club and the residency was an awesome experience that I remain grateful for.
This is a piece from my reading at The Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Sq. In February 2013 I released my debut poetry chapbook Month of Sundays. The Grolier, an 86-year-old all-poetry book store and an indisputable landmark of American literature, was the first store to sell the book and they were awesome enough to invite me to do a reading there. It was a total blast. Here’s me confessing about my feelings for dogs, followed by reading a short poem about babies. More clips from this event are on my YouTube page.
Another (very short) piece from my Grolier reading, a poem that’s not in my chapbook. It’s about Nintendo.
Early in 2013 current events forced me to retire a bit I’d had since my rookie year of stand-up. Here’s a video of me (actually it was “Brother” Wes Hazard) doing it while wearing probably the most appropriate attire possible.
I respect Drake. Not only for his music, but for his extremely sensible financial ambition. I discuss both briefly here.
I went to high school with Kenny Wormald, star of the 2011 “Footloose” reboot. This is me talking about it on opening weekend. I was in the middle of my month-long residency @ The Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. Thanks for watching.