Justin is the fairy tale exception that proves the rule.
Justin always wanted to do stand-up, but never quite had the nerve. But finally in October 2009, after losing a series of jobs due to the economy, he finally kicked himself in the ass and started getting up on stage. Shortly after that, he was invited to do a bringer show in the Main Room. It was a horrible atmosphere that night because Michael Jackson had just died. It was also an exceptional night because Mitzi Shore was on the property. She saw Justin go up and immediately sent word back to Tommy to pass this guy.
Justin was whisked away to meet with Tommy after his set to get the good news that he was the newest Paid Regular. "I had nooooo idea what it meant!" So Justin's very first spot in the Original Room was also his first spot as a Paid Regular, in the usual Wednesday 9 pm timeslot. Justin really didn't know anything about the proper techniques for opening a show or how he was supposed to bring Argus up, "and here were all these guys I'd seen on TV, standing in the back like 'Who's this fucking guy?' It was terrifying." But it went well, nonetheless and Justin began to be accepted into the fabric of the Store.
"I didn't really get hazed, but I guess I got more of the 'Who the fuck is this guy?' period of time because I came out of nowhere... and actually I love it when the other comedians sit in the back and heckle. It makes me more real." Justin has a long list of "upperclassmen" who saw that "this guy" actually did have talent and was a great person to spend time with and helped him learn the ropes and progress as a comedian - Freddy Lockhart, Sam Tripoli, Moshe Kasher, Nick Youssef, Ari Shaffir, Steve Rannazzisi, Shawn Halpin, Mack Lindsay, Chelsea Peretti, Fortune Feimster, Natasha Leggero, Iliza Schlesinger, Whitney Cummings and Leslie Jones.
Like any comedian worth his salt, Justin calls the OR "the hardest room in the world - You bring your best every set, no matter how late or how early." And he has high praise and deep loyalty toward the legendary establishment. "I've never been more appreciative of being a part of a family like the Comedy Store. All the comics here are so truthful to themselves. It's amazing."
on 2011-10-15 23:17 by The Comedy Groupie
Btw guys, here's the infamous set when Mitzi saw Justin!