Interview with Phil Peterson (@yugoweapon)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

There’s this guy I knew, let’s call him “Tom,” who went to high school with me. We would pull hilarious pranks and do fun stuff all day, every day. He really saw the potential in me to make people laugh, and he always told me I could change people’s lives by making them smile. Shortly after high school, he killed himself, and it really took a toll on me. We were best friends. I made a promise to myself, and to Tom, that I would do stand-up and make people feel good and forget about their worries, even if it was only for a short time.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I remember pissing next to Barack Obama in a public restroom once.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Cocaine’s a hell of a drug.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Over the past few years, I’ve opened up for some really big names, all of whom have helped to move my career along. Although I gotta say, the person that has really helped to propel my jokes above the local scene is Brenda’s Schenck, my manager. He’s booked some great venues recently that have really expanded my audience reach a bit. One show, in particular, I can remember was at Madison Square Garden, performing in front of about 10,000 people. That’s something I’ll remember forever…or until I forget, whichever comes first.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Laughter’s the best medicine, right? For some reason people go to the doctor when they’re sick; they should go see my stand up instead. And then go to the doctor, because I’m not a doctor.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

The Book of Isaiah has some great stuff, particularly Chapter 54. I especially like an excerpt from Verse 17, which, I think, is appropriate for this pandemic fiasco that’s going on: “…no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed…”

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I have an Instagram account (@yugoweapon) where I post random things that usually only I find funny.

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