Ever wondered how a trivia host gets started? I mean, when you think about it, you probably didn’t even know it was a career option back when you were deciding what you wanted to be when you grew up, did you? The entertainment industry often feels like this mysterious world that other people live in, but not like something normal everyday people can do. Right?
Here to shed a little light on all of that mystery is a Fat City Entertainment host, Dustin Ramsbottom. Journey into the world of a trivia hosting stand-up comedian with Dustin!
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I am originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but I have been doing stand-up since I first took the John Candy Stage in the basement of the Second City Training Center in Toronto, Ontario in 2011. My classmates and I shot a pilot for a web series back then called Back 2 Reality about a group of imaginative movie geeks who let the movies take over their lives. It... wasn't very good. But we learned a lot!
What initially drew you to the entertainment industry?
As soon as I was of age (almost) to visit the local bars, and live entertainment venues in Calgary, I was fascinated by all entertainers who held a microphone, and could sway the mood of the entire venue with a whip of words, and sometimes just shouting "Can I get a 'Hell Yeah'?!" The crowd always went wild..
What skills do you think are most important to being a good trivia host?
Positivity, and sense of humour (notice the Canadian U?) Being able to read the room, and adjust your style accordingly has been the greatest skill I've ever learned in any aspect of my life. There are just so many times it has helped me out. Sometimes in ways you would never expect.
What is the craziest thing that has ever happened at a hosting gig?
I like when we find passive entertainers hidden within our crowd. We always try to turn the spotlight back on the audience, and you will never know how they will surprise you. Imagine a Catwalk in front of you. Now what's that in the distance? Is that Right Said Fred coming around the corner? *I'm Too Sexy pumps on the stereo. 5000 bonus points for the best runway model. Go!
What advice do you have for someone just starting out or even just considering hosting as an option?
Hang out at a Fat City show and let us know you are interested in joining our team. Or even just tell us you are a performer and have your own independent shows. That's great too. Support live entertainment wherever, whenever. Also, practice your goofy radio voice as much as possible.
Tell us one random fact about you.
I have one tattoo. It says "Relax" (not a Frankie Goes To Hollywood reference, just a word I never want to forget.) I'm planning another tattoo that says "Focus". I guess I am growing up. Do you have a good artist to recommend?
Where can we see you in action?
I will be competing in a stand-up competition at The Apostrophe Lounge in Charlotte on May 19th. Loud laughers welcome.
That definitely sounds like something worth checking out! If you are interested in getting to know Dustin a little better, follow him on Twitter!