Audio by Valerie Lopez, Words by Richard Goodwin
We at Comedy Wham find unending delight in hearing how someone personifies their relationship to comedy. This week’s Austin comedian, Justin Hicks, knew from a young age that performance was an itch he hoped to scratch. But, it wasn’t always clear what direction it would take him. When he realized he had “something he wanted to talk about”–something so simple, yet so personal and full of conviction– things took a turn, and that alone should be an inspiration to all aspiring comics.
Raised in a small town in Connecticut, Hicks focused early on in sports at school while absorbing comedy culture with his family through shows like SNL, MadTV, and In Living Color.
Listening to the soothing tones of his laid back voice, it’s hard to believe that a young Hicks was also the frenetic, rambunctious class clown. Shades of the future, indeed.
After graduating from university with a Sports Management degree, Hicks took the opportunity to bolt down (literally picking up and moving over a weekend) to Texas for a role with the Austin Toros (now the Spurs). Listeners will be familiar with how the story goes from here: after an introduction to the Austin open-mic scene, it wasn’t long before Hicks found he had a tale of his own to tell.
In 2015, he turned that motivation into a deliberate process of finding his voice and style: cresting peaks and valleys, bombing and learning. It’s a journey in progress, he’ll readily proffer, but it seems to be working.
Hicks is a veteran of the renowned Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and performed at the recent Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2017 and Funniest Person in Austin. He makes an effort get to out of town shows and festivals whenever possible, and is a regular at shows and open mics around Austin.
Catch Justin Hicks October 5th in a night of double shows:
- Alamo Laugh House, at Alamo Drafthouse Village
- Spite Club, the roast-battle style comedy-show-for-comics, with Comedy Wham friend Devon Walker, at The Velveeta Room
He’s also a co-host with alums Michael Good and Danny Goodwin of Sorry Closed for Comedy, the 3rd Friday of every month, at Shed Barber Shop. Be sure to follow him and keep an eye on his Twitter and Facebook for upcoming shows.