nychicago-based comedian tyler craigs, a.k.a. the Midget, has been a staple in Chicago for over 20 years.
After starting in an underground club, the Midgets have gained popularity and become a fixture in Chicago’s comedy scene.
In recent years, the comedian has made it his mission to bring people together in a way that doesn’t seem too scripted.
This month, he released his debut album, The Midget Comedy Club.
In this interview, the Late Late Show with James Corden host discusses his new album and how he’s going to bring the show to more people.
Where does your style come from?
The Midgets started in a club called the Red Hook, which is an underground comedy club in Chicago.
There were a few other clubs that were also in the same building, but it was mostly the Midgards and the Cranks.
We were all like, “We’re going to go back to the Redhook, we’re going back to that place.”
What was the inspiration for the name?
In the early days, we were just playing in the clubs and making fun of each other.
We weren’t really getting paid, but we were always in the club with our buddies.
We would make jokes and we’d joke around.
And the next thing you know, it’s like, this is the Midges, this and that, and they’re like, no, this was a joke, this one is a joke.
And so, that’s how it started.
What is your style?
I’m kind of a midget comedian.
My style is just like the midget and the funny guy.
I’m not just going to be the joke; I’m going to keep it funny.
That’s the idea behind it.
I want to bring this whole thing to the masses, and I want people to have a laugh.
How long have you been performing?
I’ve been performing since I was five years old.
My parents, my dad was in the military and my mom was working at a movie theater.
When I was like 11 or 12, I got into it, and my dad got in a fight with his wife, and he got really mad and he said, “If you do that, I’m taking you to the army.”
So he got me out of there and I went to the military.
I started at the end of ’96.
I was just starting to be noticed.
Then in ’98, I had my first show in Chicago and I was a big hit.
It just kind of snowballed from there.
I just started making records and touring around the country.
Do you think your style can be copied?
And I think there’s a lot of good comedy around the world.
I think that’s why we’re successful, because we bring people to our shows.
And if we can do that across the world, then I think we can.
Who are some of your influences?
I’m really influenced by my dad, who was in [the US Army] for nine years.
I grew up in the Army and I got a little older, but he was like, every time I got to go to work, I’d have to get a ticket.
And every time he got to the Army, he’d get a little bit older, and then he’d have a little less and a little more.
If you could do one thing for one person, what would it be?
The only thing that I would do is give one person a ticket to go and see me live and see the show.
Have you ever been fired from a job before?
I think it’s funny that I’ve never had to.
When you first started performing, were you surprised by how popular you became?
When you were in the basement and I would come out, I would have a really great time.
But as I got older, I started getting more nervous.
I mean, I was really into being onstage and playing to people.
I had friends that I started doing comedy with, but I was very nervous about it.
You said you were a little nervous about performing.
I have no qualms about performing to people in front of a crowd.
Are you a big fan of the late-night TV shows?
I’ve had a few people ask me, like, I wanna see you perform, you know?
I’m just gonna show them my face.
But I can’t go onstage, because I’m on stage, so that’s not cool.
But if I could go on stage with a bunch of other comedians, I think I would be really good.
So you would play with other comedians?
I would play at comedy clubs,