Elvis Mujić dropped in and introduced himself at Folio Weekly HQ last week. The Michigan-based guerrilla comedian was prepping a Jacksonville residency of sorts, which begins next week. Mujić is performing a series of donation-only stand-up shows at shelters and other venues (Fly's Tie, Shantytown Pub, Tent Hookah and Choppers), all benefitting people experiencing homelessness. He also planted a donation bin in our Downtown atrium. The project is dubbed The Socks and Undies Tour, because that's the price of admission. An interesting idea! We thought we'd ask him some questions.
Magid: Who are your comedic influences? Who did you stay up late to watch on television when you were growing up?
Mujić: Currently Donald Trump, one of the funniest comedians working right now! Growing up, I watched anything on Comedy Central—and I had funny friends. I remember going to my friend's house, and he played Dave Chappelle's Killin' Them Softly. I was amazed that something like that even existed. Like, they're just going to sit there and listen to him talk?
What was going on in your life when you took to the stage and discovered your talent?
Nothing! Wasted a full scholarship, not sober, on probation, and living with my parents. My first open mic was at Thistle Coffee House in Detroit. There were seven people in the audience, including two crackheads. My friend Brad was with me, and we both thought it was obvious I should keep going. Later that night, we watched a fight break out at a bowling ally. It was hilarious.
Comedy can be cathartic for the audience and performer alike. What do you hope to achieve when you step on stage (for yourself and your audience)?
My main goal is to be funny. I don't like agenda-driven comedy. It's nice when a point is made, but having fun and being funny is my focus. Also, I thoroughly enjoy messing with people.
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