FOLLOW THE LEADER: INTERVIEW WITH TURAE GORDON
For those that don’t know you, how did you begin your career path as a comedian?
My career began at Temple University. I was a campus big mouth, it was more from being defensive, but it was a great offense. Lol, and just being known to have a sharp tongue, I was asked to perform at an open mic on campus. I came through knowing nothing about open mics, much less comedy. And since they had free refreshments, I brought some friends. I basically talked about campus life & my friends for 15 minutes, & at the end of the night, they gave me an envelope with $50. I was instantly hooked!! I stayed around the Philadelphia comedy scene until I met my mentor; Dee Lee. He showed me everything comedy could be, and what to do to get it. I love him for that. Horrible mentor, lol!, but I love him for the lessons I learned.
What experience has been your most memorable to date?
Most memorable was, well, I have two: Traveling to Korea last year to entertain the troops. I never realized how powerful the American military is. We have over 20 bases in South Korea, all of them filled with our soldiers, our sons, daughters, friends, & families. And they were so happy to see us. We were so happy to see them! On a train ride across South Korea, I cried. To think that a lost kid from North Philly would be in Korea, telling jokes? Comedy has been very, very good to me, lol! And the past two years, I’ve been a part of the Atlantic City Comedy Festival. I’ve been able to bring my now 8 yr old twins with me to these shows. It has been so beautiful to get offstage and have my daughters run to greet me… magical.
Being that you have shared the stage with a number of great comedians, who is one that you love to do a show with that hasn’t been done yet?
Eddie Murphy. He’s like a God to me.
Any words of advice for any aspiring comedians?
Aspiring comedians… Aspire. Rise, and be creative, unafraid of what it may be, just know you want to get there! Be respectful of this art. It IS an art form. Learn the history of what you do, and respect it. And, if all else fails, get down to the Laff House every Wednesday for my ComedyByTuRae presents: The Laff House Giggle Gang Standup Workshop from 6p-8p…I’ll personally put you on the game! Thanks.