- March's Artist of the Month -
From the South Bay area of San Jose, we feature Chase Daugherty as our Artist of the Month. Chase is a Stockton native, and attended college in San Jose, California. Years later, he has formed a well-knit community in the Bay Area, and can't find a reason to not call it home. On any weekend, you can find him performing at Cafe Frascati, The Caravan Lounge, or Iguanas in the South Bay Area. He has also opened for well-known comics, including Shaun Weiss at the San Jose Improv. Daughtery's love for connecting with the public is what drives his comedy career, with already many projects in the works to facilitate that dream.
With an easy and gregarious nature, Daugherty's energy reflects one of an old friend that you've known forever- a solid person that you could easily grab a beer with and unload a busy week with. Attaining that type of draw to people, it's easy to see how stand-up comedy comes easily to him. His efforts are genuine and authentic, and that gracious spirit will definitely carry him to new heights in his career. He tells us, "I sincerely hope that when I feel like I made it and people recognize me in the streets, I want to be approachable. I want to give off the vibe that people say, 'Wow! That's Chase Daugherty, one of the best entertainers right now, I don't know if I should go up to him.' And then they come up to me and I'm all like, 'Hey thank you, I'm glad you like my stuff. You want to get a beer or something?' I want people to look at me and feel like I'm a friend of theirs and they're not bothering or wasting my time. So I guess that would be seeing me 'live' on and off the stage."
For 3 years now, Daugherty has been part of JMS Podcast, a local San Jose podcast that interviews local musicians, artists, and writers, as a feature personality with his very own segment. "Jorge Sanchez runs the podcast, and told me recently that the material and segments are being used to teach high school students," Daugherty beams. His knack for storytelling is without a doubt an art form, and with that talent has provided an impact as a medium for education. Although unexpected, Daugherty embraces his mark on the project. "If my material and my voice are being used in schools to teach students, that's pretty cool." As for the future, Daugherty aims high, and has plenty of ideas to better himself as an artist, knowing that his larger impact on the community will continue to naturally come. "I know that I have so much more work to do and to accomplish before I can even have that thought. I know that being part of the JMS Podcast as a personality with my own segment is a positive first step," he explains. Not only does he want to excel in Stand-Up Comedy, Daugherty aims to work in acting, directing, and brand development as well. We had the chance to sit down and talk with him about his love for the comedy scene and what drives him forward in this business.
What are your goals for the future?
"So many, I don't even know where to begin with this.To start first, I want to get my first taping and special up. Whether that's Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, YouTube Red, or Hulu. My first special though is going to be one that I will remember for ages and I hope it sets the tone for the future.One thing that I do know is that I want it to be in my hometown Stockton, CA. After that, where I see everything taking off, I would like to get my hands in everything entertainment. As long as I am doing something where I am creating and collaborating with people in entertainment, that's amazing."
How did you become interested in Stand-Up comedy?
"I first got a taste of it when I was 16 years old when I started watching Premium Blend and Comedy Central Presents on TV all the time. I remember laying in my bed one day and telling myself that all I wanted to do was to tell jokes and make people happy. I thought that was the coolest thing that anyone could do and it ultimately gave me a sense of purpose. It was not until I was away from home when I was 19, living in San Jose and out of my comfort zone. It felt like I pressed the reset button on my perspective and outlook on life. I had this confidence I never had when I was growing up... It’s funny how a change of scenery can just give you that extra 'oomph' in life."
Where do you draw your material and inspiration from?
"The material that I come up with is a mixture of real life stories, current events, culture, and just absurd thoughts that would just come in my head. Being home back in Stockton and around loved ones helps clear my mind. There's probably a story that I missed that I get to hear, and that gets the ideas and the creative juices going. As far as people who help influence my comedy that would be my parents and my Grandma Helen, who I call "Gam-Gam". She just turned 90 this year and hasn't lost any of her sense of humor since I can remember. She's the glue that keeps everyone together during the peaks and valleys of life and that's something that I've always admired about her. My parents are the definition of a 'married couple'.They've been married for 30 plus years and haven't lost any fire since. Both are extremely supportive in what I do and only hope for the best. The comics who help shape my material include Louis CK, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Daniel Tosh... just to name a few."
Any advice for aspiring comedic artists?
"This is more or less 'life' advice rather than 'comedy' advice, but it still plays an important role to be successful and to grow. First would be, to embrace the journey... only because life is long with peaks and valleys. You are going to encounter good and bad influences, but it’s how you react that will determine your overall and the story you write for yourself and the image that others portray. Second would be, know your 'why'. This helps reinforce and motivate you to keep going. The 'why' is simple-it’s the purpose and drive for what you do. Third, stand by your convictions. Mean what you say, be sincere, and genuine. Lastly, love. Love is powerful. Everyone I encounter I have nothing but love and respect for. It's really hard for me to hate someone. One thing that I do know is that holding onto hate delays progression and growth in order for you to succeed. If you're focused on something or someone that you hate, then you're wasting time and your time is valuable. With all that said, I'm not perfect... I have my bad days and periods of time where I did feel pretty weak, but it’s how you get out of those times that writes the legacy. A friend of mine in comedy, Frankie Marcos, after I told him that he was doing amazing things lately in the Bay Area for comedy just told me simply, 'Just keep going and get out there, and the doors will start to open up.' In my mind, it’s really simple, but it’s the work that has to be put in that often gets lost in translation until it hits you hard."