Every month, The Comedy Studio hosts a new "Comic in Residence," a comedian who plays the venue every day for a month. It's a program developed by Studio owner Rick Jenkins to help comedians develop their craft by getting onstage as much as possible.
Starting this month, we'll be interviewing the Studio's Comic in Residence at the beginning of each month, finding out how long they've been doing comedy and what they plan to do at the Studio. This month it's Tim Vargulish, a smart up and coming comic from Rhode Island and a regular on the Boston scene for the past couple of years.
When did you start doing comedy?
I started doing comedy four years ago.
How often have you played the Studio?
I've consistently played the studio about 1-2 times for the last two years.
What other clubs do you play?
I also play at Mottley's and Catch a Rising Star.
What local comedians have influenced you?
I'm not sure if any local comedians have influenced me. When I first started out I was influenced by David Cross and Patton Oswalt. There are tons of amazing local comedians that I look up to, Shane Mauss, Joe Wong, Sean Sullivan, Josh Gondelman, sorry but there's just way too many to name.
What's the average number of gigs you've played in a month before this?
Around twelve a month, give or take.
How will you approach your time -- work on new stuff, refine older stuff, or a mix of both?
On Sundays and Wednesdays I want to work on new material. Thursdays I want to work on a mix of new and old stuff. Fridays and Saturdays I want to use to just really perfect a seven-minute set.
What do you expect to have gotten out of the experience when the month is over?
I'm just hoping to have a great experience, performing every night with tons of incredibly funny people and improving my material as much as possible.