George Gordon, a comedian from Dale City, VA, has just released his debut album, Your Good Friend. Each track, interestingly, pays tribute to a family member or friend of his in the comedy world. The album, recorded at Union Hall in Brooklyn, New York, doesn’t rely on schtick. It’s simply great conversational comedy in which Gordon revisits, among other things, interactions he’s had with celebrities while out and about in New York City, where he currently lives.
The comedian recalls a memorable encounter with actor Paul Giamatti, who he says is exactly like you'd expect him to be. He also talks about hanging out with the original Becky from Roseanne at a bar, his love of coleslaw, and his mom’s concerns about his life as a comic. Gordon has participated in the New York Underground Festival, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, TX, and at Laugh Track Festival in Denver, where he won the audience award.
Gordon says he got into comedy while working a dead-end job at a liquor store in Memphis, Tennessee. The comic had been out of college for several years and didn’t seem to know what he wanted to do. What he did know was that as a child of the eighties, he had always loved comedy. After seeing Doug Stanhope at the Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis, he fell in love with the art form and decided to pack up his stuff and hit the road.
Growing up, George was a fan of Ellen DeGeneres, Rich Little, Larry Miller and Eddie Murphy. He says he responded to Eddie Murphy because he was fascinated by how much the comic swore. Though he recognizes that some of Murphy’s comedy has not aged well, primarily his misogynistic and homophobic jokes, he is still impressed with the comedian’s impressions of singers like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
Gordon is known for having strong opinions about such timely issues like which Weezer album is better, Pinkerton or Blue, or why Alien is much better than Aliens. As for favorite comedians, Gordon names Todd Barry, Ted Alexandro, Brendon Walsh, Mike Birbiglia, Tig Notaro, Patton Oswalt, Rory Scovel and Maria Bamford. Living in New York, he is as much a student of comedy as he is a performer, and spends much of his time watching other comedians. His debut album is now available on iTunes.