LYNDHURST, N.J.– Alex Csedrik of Lyndhurst began working as an adjunct college professor five years ago – right around the same time he started his stand up comedy career.
“A lot of people think those two wouldn’t go hand in hand,” said Csedrik, 30, “[but] there’s so many parallels.
“You could be the smartest person in the world, but if you can’t engage your students, it really doesn’t matter.”
In the classroom or on stage, “you learn how to read a room, you understand the pulse of each crowd," he added.
Csedrik aspired to become a full-time writer, after earning a bachelor's and master's in English, and a master's in creative fiction.
The 2004 Lyndhurst High School graduate is currently a copywriter and editor for an ad firm in Montclair.
He tried his hand at comedy in 2006 while studying abroad in France. His five-minute performance "went over well" but Csedrik battled with doubt.
"If I tried and I failed, that would have hurt," he said. "But I also got tired of making excuses."
Stand up is about "making an honest connection" with the audience, Csedrik said. “I view comedy as a way for me to take my pretentiousness out of the way, strip down any ego about what I’m trying to achieve."
His act is a mix of blue humor and observational humor. And he enjoys interacting with a crowd.
“Hopefully everyone can connect with what i’m trying to express,” Csedrik said. “One thing I always like to tell people is I’m just trying to make my parents proud, one [genitalia] joke at a time.”
A comedian's biggest fear is being heckled by an audience member, Csedrik said. “The audience wants to know that you’re in command, that you’re in charge.”
He made it about two years without being heckled, but called that moment "the turning point of my career."
“I was much more natural, more myself,” he said. "If that was my biggest fear, and it happened, I have nothing to be afraid of."
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