Jud Travis


Native Texan Jud Travis is a stand-up comic based in Los Angeles.

Jud performs regularly on LA’s best-known stages and elsewhere, entertaining crowds with his observations and rants. He also hosts the weekly podcast “Lost in LA with Jud Travis,” as well as the online talk show “TJIF: Thank Jud It’s Friday.” His dark and provocative humor will leave you laughing and, more importantly, thinking. Look for Jud online and in a city near you.


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A little q & A


Question: What got you into stand-up comedy?

Q: Who are your major influences?

Q: What do you hope to accomplish?

Jud: The same thing that gets young people into music—I listened to stand-up and it made me feel like I wasn’t alone.

J: It doesn't matter at this point. They’re all either dead or will be soon.

J: I just want to travel the country entertaining people. I’m not one of those pricks trying to use stand-up as a springboard to be on some shitty tv show. (NOTE TO TV EXECS: Show me the $ and I will gladly be on your shitty tv show.)

Q: Do your parents approve of your career choice?

Q: If you weren’t a stand-up comedian, what would you be doing?

Q: What made you choose English?

J: Considering most of my “peers” ended up in windowless cubicles in the middle of nowhere, they’re probably fine with it. The bar was never high.

J: I have an English Literature degree, so I’d probably be pumping gas, shining shoes, or prostituting myself. 

J: I was really good at skimming thru Wikipedia articles and it was the right time to take that to the next level.

Question: What got you into stand-up comedy?

Jud: The same thing that gets young people into music—I listened to stand-up and it made me feel like I wasn’t alone.

Q: Who are your major influences?

J: It doesn't matter at this point. They’re all either dead or will be soon.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish?

J: I just want to travel the country entertaining people. I’m not one of those pricks trying to use stand-up as a springboard to be on some shitty tv show. (NOTE TO TV EXECS: Show me the $ and I will gladly be on your shitty tv show.)

Q: Do your parents approve of your career choice?

J: Considering most of my “peers” ended up in windowless cubicles in the middle of nowhere, they’re probably fine with it. The bar was never high.

Q: If you weren’t a stand-up comedian, what would you be doing?

J: I have an English Literature degree, so I’d probably be pumping gas, shining shoes, or prostituting myself. 

Q: What made you choose English?

J: I was really good at skimming thru Wikipedia articles and it was the right time to take that to the next level.

Q: Do you like living in LA?

Q: What venues are your favorite?

Q: Dream-come-true venue?

J: No. But I’ve never liked anywhere I’ve lived.

J: Anywhere there’s intelligent life. It doesn't matter. It always helps when people have a sense of humor—which is a rarity. 

J: I don’t know. A big place. The bigger, the better. I’m lucky enough to have performed at The Comedy Store many times. I doubt anything will ever replace it as my favorite.

Q: Do you write your own routines?

Q: Where do you get your material?

Q: What happens if a crowd doesn't laugh?

J: Yea. Who else is going to? I wouldn’t trust most comics to sign their name on a sympathy card delivered to their dying dreams.

J: I don’t know, it just magically falls out of my ass once a month.

J: I just keep going. I’m going to do what I think is funny and if you don’t like it then you can go jump off a bridge.

Q: Do you like living in LA?

J: No. But I’ve never liked anywhere I’ve lived.

Q: What venues are your favorite?

J: Anywhere there’s intelligent life. It doesn't matter. It always helps when people have a sense of humor—which is a rarity. 

Q: Dream-come-true venue?

J: I don’t know. A big place. The bigger, the better. I’m lucky enough to have performed at The Comedy Store many times. I doubt anything will ever replace it as my favorite.

Q: Do you write your own routines?

J: Yea. Who else is going to? I wouldn’t trust most comics to sign their name on a sympathy card delivered to their dying dreams.

Q: Where do you get your material?

J: I don’t know, it just magically falls out of my ass once a month.

Q: What happens if a crowd doesn't laugh?

J: I just keep going. I’m going to do what I think is funny and if you don’t like it then you can go jump off a bridge.

Q: How do you deal with hecklers?

Q: Are you funny?

Q: What was your first show like? Did you bomb?

J: I like them cause I’m naturally funny and I know that me conversing with a drunk guy is still going to be funnier than most comics doing jokes. But I never get heckled. People are too scared.

J: No. I have a career death wish.

J: It was scary as hell. It was at The Improv on Melrose. No, I didn’t bomb. I wish I’d bomb so I could quit. But people usually like me, unfortunately. 

Q: Have you ever bombed?

Q: What is your writing process?

Q: How do I subscribe to your podcast?

J: No, not really. I’ve had some shitty audiences that either had sticks up their asses or were too drunk to interpret what I was saying. But I’m pretty careful and put a lot of thought into shit before I take up people’s time saying it.

J: I have to be in a bad mood. Which is very convenient for me. I can only write when I’m pissed off at something. And there’s always something to be pissed off about.

J: Search for Jud Travis wherever you listen to podcasts and it should come up.

Q: How do you deal with hecklers?

J: I like them cause I’m naturally funny and I know that me conversing with a drunk guy is still going to be funnier than most comics doing jokes. But I never get heckled. People are too scared.

Q: Are you funny?

J: No. I have a career death wish.

Q: What was your first show like? Did you bomb?

J: It was scary as hell. It was at The Improv on Melrose. No, I didn’t bomb. I wish I’d bomb so I could quit. But people usually like me, unfortunately. 

Q: Have you ever bombed?

J: No, not really. I’ve had some shitty audiences that either had sticks up their asses or were too drunk to interpret what I was saying. But I’m pretty careful and put a lot of thought into shit before I take up people’s time saying it.

Q: What is your writing process?

J: I have to be in a bad mood. Which is very convenient for me. I can only write when I’m pissed off at something. And there’s always something to be pissed off about.

Q: How do I subscribe to your podcast?

J: Search for Jud Travis wherever you listen to podcasts and it should come up.

Q: How do I watch your talkshow?

Q: Do you get a lot of women?

Q: Why do you think that is?

J: Just go to DromeBox.com every Friday 9-11 pm EST to stream it live or go to my YouTube to see past episodes. 

J: No.

J: I’m not normal.

Q: Weirdest place you’ve had sex?

Q: Worst place you’ve performed?

Q: I want to become a comedian. Any advice?

J: Earth.

J: LA.

J: Take a stand-up class. You’ll find out really fast if you’re decent or not. And you’ll have other people going thru the same shit as you.

Q: How do I watch your talkshow?

J: Just go to DromeBox.com every Friday 9-11 pm EST to stream it live or go to my YouTube to see past episodes. 

Q: Do you get a lot of women?

J: No.

Q: Why do you think that is?

J: I’m not normal.

Q: Weirdest place you’ve had sex?

J: Earth.

Q: Worst place you’ve performed?

J: LA.

Q: I want to become a comedian. Any advice?

J: Take a stand-up class. You’ll find out really fast if you’re decent or not. And you’ll have other people going thru the same shit as you.

Q: Are you broke?

Q: Besides stand-up, what do you like to do for fun?

Q: I read that a lot of comics are depressed. Are you depressed?

J: No, and even if I was, that seems to be what 90 percent of comedians out here talk about. So I’ll make up that I’m living in a mansion in the Arab Emirates with 10,000 high priced escorts before I’ll say I’m broke.

J: Not much. I just sit and wait.

J: Maybe. A little. Sometimes. Okay, probably. I don't know. I think too much. Thinking is never a good thing. I mean, there are some comics that devote entire one hour specials to such enlightening topics like dating and texting and how amazing their kids are. I’m not like them.

Q: Is it true that everyone in LA is an asshole?

Q: What are your favorite foods?

Q: Favorite animals?

J: Yes.

J: Okay, no one gives a shit about that. I’m done. 

J: No, really, I’m done. Get out.

Q: Are you broke?

J: No, and even if I was, that seems to be what 90 percent of comedians out here talk about. So I’ll make up that I’m living in a mansion in the Arab Emirates with 10,000 high priced escorts before I’ll say I’m broke.

Q: Besides stand-up, what do you like to do for fun?

J: Not much. I just sit and wait.

Q: I read that a lot of comics are depressed. Are you depressed?

J: Maybe. A little. Sometimes. Okay, probably. I don't know. I think too much. Thinking is never a good thing. I mean, there are some comics that devote entire one hour specials to such enlightening topics like dating and texting and how amazing their kids are. I’m not like them.

Q: Is it true that everyone in LA is an asshole?

J: Yes.

Q: What are your favorite foods?

J: Okay, no one gives a shit about that. I’m done. 

Q: Favorite animals?

J: No, really, I’m done. Get out.