Standup comedian Greg Morton makes his way to Columbia
Morton answers all of MOVE’s questions before he makes a stop at Deja Vu Nov. 8 - 10.
[MOVE]: How did you first get into comedy?
[Greg Morton]: I was doing a school play and some standup in high school. I
didn’t know you could make it a living until I went to my first comedy show and
then I thought, Oh wow, that’s really a viable vocation.
[M]: What is your favorite part about performing stand-up?
[GM]: When shows go really well, I think those are the best shows or when the
audience allows me to play. I like to improvise, and that’s a lot of fun for me. It’s like
you’re feeling a vibe from them. Everything is magic, and you think, “Wow, this is
great. This is why I love doing this.”
[M]: You did voice-overs for quite a few Saturday morning cartoons and video
games. What was that like?
[GM]: They were great. I worked on "Super Mario Bros.," "Super Mario Bros.
Super Show!" and "Zelda." I was an avid gamer at the time and working on those
games was a dream come true.
[M]: I also hear you were once a DJ ... but not just any DJ, you were “That Crazy
DJ.” How and why were you oh-so crazy?
[GM]: I knew a lot of people who did DJ work, and they would just stand there,
play records and were introverted. I had this idea of fusing entertainment with my
DJ work because a lot of crowds were shy, so I used entertainment to kind of coax
people. I figured it would be kind of infectious, so I created a fun atmosphere for
people to come out. I used to wear costumes and I would perform little skits. That’s
how my stand-up kind of evolved. I mix stand-up and my old DJ routines where I
dress up as these iconic musical artists like (Mick) Jagger, Michael Jackson or Prince and
made them a mashup. That’s how I close my standup routines.
[M]: I’ve seen a YouTube video of you (that
has over 4 million hits) singing a parody about President Obama, whom you
referred to as “Obama Man” to the tune of “The Candy Man” on a radio show. Where
did you get this idea from? And has he contacted you about this?
[GM]: No. He has not contacted me. I was talking to a comedian friend of mine,
and he was saying, “This guy Obama is incredible. He’s kind of like Sammy Davis Jr.”
I go like, “Oh my gosh, that’s a song.” At the time, no one had parodied the president
in any way, and I thought, This is good territory to go into. I’ll make something
that’s really balanced. I wrote the lyrics that night, and I performed it on The Bob &
Tom Show that morning. The first week it went viral, and it got one billion hits a
week. In September, I got a call from Laughing Hyena Records, and we were looking
to get the song put up on iTunes as a single. Unfortunately, the original writers of
the song sold the rights to Mars candy. But it was pretty exciting to me, especially
coming from the background of the music industry, being a disc jockey. But hey,
there’s more where that came from, right?
[M]: So are you going to be writing a sequel now that Obama is in office for a
[GM]: If something strikes me funny, I will write something. Some people take
politics way too seriously. I see it differently because I’m a comedian. I’m the court
jester. I’m supposed to make fun of the king.