THE BIG PERSONALITY: Jeremy Hotz

Misery loves comedy

  • Jan. 28, 2016 7:00 a.m.
Comedian Jeremy Hotz is at the Royal Theatre Feb. 28.

Comedian Jeremy Hotz is at the Royal Theatre Feb. 28.

Comic Jeremy Hotz allows his anxiety to work for him. Which is convenient because otherwise, he says, he wouldn’t work at all.

“I was pretty aimless as a teenager, I didn’t want to ‘do’, you know? And that hasn’t left. A perfect day for me is when I just wake up and stand there and I don’t have to do anything. That’s a great day,” he says.

“If comedy hadn’t worked out for me, what would I be doing? I would be … umm … homeless. I would be a homeless man,” he deadpans. “But I would be the funniest fucking homeless guy you ever met.”

Hotz grew up in Ottawa and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was a staff writer for the now defunct Jon Stewart Show and appeared in the feature films My Favorite Martian with Elizabeth Hurley and Speed 2 with Sandra Bullock.

He says he was kicked out of school as a kid and didn’t really gain acceptance until high school.

“They sent me to see a psychologist when I was about eight because they thought something was wrong with me and his brilliant diagnosis was, ‘he’s eating too much catsup.’ It’s ridiculous at that level. That guy was just scamming people.”

Once out of school, Hotz got his first acting gig as a teenager.

“I was the jester at one of those (Medieval feasts) and I had to read a poem and these old women – because I had to wear tights – these old women, when I walked by, would pinch my ass. It was completely demeaning. No lawsuits, no nothing. They were allowed to do that back then,” he says. “It’s one of the few jobs I had because, I guess people just don’t like the look on my face.”

The 52-year-old who lives in California with his pet bird, Monkeybird, claims to be unemployable.

“I’ve never had a day job, never, no, no. No one would want me, what would I be gainfully employed as during the day? A waiter? I don’t think so. You want some soup? Get it yourself.”

His quick wit is natural, has earned him Gemini and Canadian Comedy Awards and is what he relies on when he’s up on stage.

“I keep a loose base of notes and I create stuff,” he says. “Mostly on stage, right there in front of your face and if it works I keep doing it. Once in a while I sort of jam out ideas. I’m not the kind of guy that gets up every single day and sits there and writes something – I can’t do it. I did that in school, I’m not doing that now, forget it.”

He eschews sitcom work and says he’s finished writing for other comedians.

“I hate writing. I’m a performer first, I’m a writer second, I can’t stand it. It’s a job and I hate it.”

His all-new show, Jeremy Hotz International Man of Misery, is his fourth major Canadian tour and he’s included Victoria each time. “I love Victoria. The McPherson Theatre; am I wrong? It’s a great venue and I love playing it and I have a huge (fan) base there. It’s really great, I love Victoria.”

As a performer, Hotz’ frequently turns his back on the audience, covers his face with his hands and focuses on life’s sour moments, but he says, he’s not really miserable.

“I’m a man who is profoundly disappointed. I should get some t-shirts made up. If I had the courage and belief they would sell, I would do that. But I don’t.

“Everything I say is hilarious. I do everything completely wrong. I put my back to the audience, I put my hand in front of my face and somehow when you do everything wrong – it’s right.

“I’m complaining, but that’s ‘cuz it’s my job.”

Jeremy Hotz McPherson Playhouse, Feb. 28. rmts.bc.ca

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Orca 1
Orcas: Our Shared Future

Royal BC Museum dives into the world of orcas with upcoming feature exhibition

Frank Ludwig in a forklift with his long hair during Trooper’s heyday. (Photo submitted)
Humble Island beginnings blossomed into storied career for Trooper keyboardist

Frank Ludwig got his start as a boy pumping the organ in a tiny downtown Chemainus church

Joan Miller with the Vancouver Island North Regional Film Commission says there’s much room for optimism in the region rebounding from COVID-19 and is excited about what the future holds for the region. Black Press File Photo
North Island film industry optimistic about post-COVID rebound

Interest in filming here is still high, according to film commission, once things open back up

The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, has been filming in Langford and Colwood over the past two weeks. On April 7, filming will take place on the east side of the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Black Press Media file)
Netflix series ‘Maid’ filming in Colwood

10-episode Warner Bros. production filmed exclusively in Greater Victoria

Lantzville singer Raymond Salgado will sing ‘O Canada’ before the Vancouver Canucks’ upcoming game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 17. (Photo submitted)
Lantzville singer to perform ‘O Canada’ at Vancouver Canucks game

Raymond Salgado scheduled to sing the anthem at Rogers Arena later this month

Nanaimo children’s entertainer Steve Romanik, represented by his character Mountain Dweller, is giving away his songs and stories to help raise money for children’s causes. (Photo courtesy Steve Romanik)
Nanaimo children’s entertainer ‘Mountain Dweller’ helping raise money for kids’ causes

Steve Romanik partnering with Nanaimo Child Development Centre, B.C. Children’s Hospital

“Racing Classics” by John Horton depicts sailboats near Trial Island off the coast of Oak Bay. The painting will be featured in his <em>Maritime Impressions</em> exhibit at the Winchester Gallery until April 14.
Greater Victoria galleries beckon spring with vibrant, whimsical nature scenes

At The Galleries: look at what’s on display this month

‘We Are All Beautiful’ by Elise Cole and ‘The Modern Thrall’ by Enigye (Happy) Amarkah (from left) are two of the pieces featured in VIU’s Anti-Racism Arts Festival. (Images courtesy the artists)
Vancouver Island University holds first Anti-Racism Arts Festival

Three-day online event to feature visual arts, performance, film and poetry

Thomas Kuecks, Bellamy Kuecks and Paula Foot have come together to create an album of stories for children. (Nina Foot photo)
Moments with Miss Paula creates musical stories for kids

Music and the spoken word from Island pair available on streaming

Author Eden Robinson poses for a portrait during an interview in Toronto, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Trickster trilogy author Eden Robinson hosts online conversation and reading

Haisla and Heiltsuk will join fans in event hosted by Vancouver Island Regional Library

Nanaimo author Lawrence Winkler’s latest book is ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa.’ (Bulletin file photo/supplied)
Nanaimo author wraps up trilogy following ‘antihero’ Island doctor

Lawrence Winkler presents ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa’

‘Frank Ney’ by Patrick Flavin, ‘Millstone River Upper Falls’ by John Collison Baker, ‘Labyrinth of Dreams’ by MA Molcan, ‘On the Other Side’ by Liana Ravensbergen, ‘December Snow’ by Laurel Karjala and ‘Jacks Point’ by Dana Smiley (cropped, clockwise from top-left) are among the works in the Nanaimo Arts Council’s latest exhibition. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Arts Council)
Nanaimo Arts Council presents its first online gallery show

Submissions now open for upcoming ‘Ekphrastic Celebration’ show

Dorothy Sevcov’s exhibition ‘Having Fun With Acrylics’ is on display at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Experimental paintings now on exhibit at Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery

Dorothy Sevcov’s ‘Having Fun With Acrylics’ on display through April

Most Read