I’ve always been a fan of standup comedy. Since I was little I would watch stand-up on television. Before the success of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, my mother and I would listen to albums from Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and a handful of other country-based comedians. Since then, I’ve come to enjoy different varieties of comics, different styles, good and bad joke writing, comedy writing and a slew of other aspects of the comedy world.
Sean Patton is a comedian I’ve come to enjoy for several reasons. He’s a fantastic story teller and a great joke writer all-in-one. There’s something about the Louisiana-raised comic that I’ve just come to enjoy. He’s got just the right amount energy to be funny but not over-the-top. He’s a southern comedian who, as far as I know, was never considered a “southern comic” who appealed to the county listening comic crowd.
Patton deserves to have a show on television. He’s talked a few times on podcasts about a few projects that came close to being made, but for some reason or another, never happened. I can’t speak for his writing ability, but if his writing is anything like his stage presence or story telling than we’re all missing out on whatever he could come up with. His latest album, “Scuttlebutt,” is a brilliant album filled with great bits. He’s got a great story on the album about a heartbroken man inside of a strip club. His ability to paint both funny and creative scenes for the listener is top notch. His performances on “This Is Not Happening,” are some of my favorite from the series. Patton, alongside his musically and comically talented companion Caitlin Cook, have a weekly podcast on the All Things Comedy Network, called “Five Words,” where the two interview comedians and discuss one story per episode. (Definitely check out the interview with comedy icon David Cross to hear Patton fail miserably at hiding his fanboy-ism of David Cross and Mr. Show.)
Patton is a great follow on Instagram. He posts occasional standup clips but doesn’t overwhelm your timeline. When he posts clips they just feel earnest and not a vessel for marketing or promotion. There’s also the occasional clip that is a genuinely funny experience from his life. He posted a clip not long ago about being stuck on a cruise ship, where he performed, that was blasting rave music at 3:00 a.m. in the middle of the ocean.
During this quarantine, I’m enjoying the content that Patton is putting out into the world. I’m currently listening to him as a guest on Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank podcast. The podcast was just released a few hours ago and the two are discussing their mutual love for comedy and the lives and careers of their favorite comedians.
Do yourself a favor and check out Sean Patton’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. Also, check out his “Five Words,” podcast on All Things Comedy wherever you get your podcasts. Check out one of my favorite clips of his standup below.