Humboldt comedian Trevor Lockwood is the “fat, funny kid” from high school who everyone said should do comedy and then actually went for it. In his less than two years onstage he’s become a local staple. I talked to Trevor about his humble beginnings, his idea of a “dream home,” and his dick-and-fart-joke laden podcast.
Isaac Kozell: What’s your living situation like?
Trevor Lockwood: I am currently living in a two bedroom apartment with two roommates, one of which is living in our living room. There’s our “couch guy” Evan Vest and my childhood friend Jeff Ward, who dabbles in comedy from time to time, but is more of a music man and record junkie.
IK: If you could have your “dream home” what and where would it be?
TL: I don’t have much in mind that can be labeled a “dream home.” I’ve always lived with the mentality that “As long as I’m content, I’m happy.” That might stem from my mother, who struggled to raise me by herself. No matter where we lived we treated it as a happy home, from a crappy one room apartment in an empty alley to a her first home that she bought with her own money. I’ve always known to appreciate what I have and not to worry about what I don’t have.
IK: You came from Atwater, CA. How long did you live there and what brought you to Humboldt?
TL: I’ve lived in Merced County all my life. I was born in Merced and moved to Atwater in 3rd grade. After high school we moved to Winton, and I lived there until I moved to Humboldt. I decided to move to Humboldt when I visited friends that that were attending HSU. It’s a wonderful area, so beautiful and there is tons of fresh air. Somehow it’s always overcast here with the chance of rain. That’s my favorite. What really cemented my stay here though was when I was let go from a job while I was up for a weekend visit in Humboldt. I didn’t really have much to go home to, so I decided to just stay.
IK: I heard you were a bouncer at a bar.
TL: I was. That was the job I was “let go” from. My martial arts instructor was a head bouncer and needed to hire a couple more people. I got the job, and there were a lot of meatheads with us, all great guys – an odd brotherhood. I was a non-violent type though and that affected how the big bosses felt about me. When kicking people out I’d touch their lower backs and make them feel uncomfortable enough to just leave the bar. When we closed at night I’d wedge my way into circles of people who just wouldn’t leave the bar and ask them all individually to leave. My favorite was when couples would stay on the dance floor and make out, I’d get real close to their faces and tell them they could keep doing what they’re doing, but outside of the bar.
IK: You mentioned RPGs and card games. Would you describe yourself as a nerd?
TL: I guess I would. I’m kind of happy that “nerd culture” is a little more mainstream, but I wouldn’t call myself a hardcore nerd in the game sense. Before involving myself in comedy all I would do was play games and watch cartoons, but now I have less time for that so I’ve slipped away from it and can only indulge when I have free time. I guess you could say I’ve replaced video and card games with comedy.
IK: When did you start comedy?
TL: About a year and a half. My friend, and now roommate, was dumped by a high school sweetheart. He was in a “fuck it” mode and thought going to Nando’s open mic at the Eureka Inn was a good outlet to vent his heartbreak. I tagged along and went on stage as a sign of solidarity. I talked about something that had happened to me here in Humboldt, people laughed, and I got the urge to keep doing it. I was the fat, funny kid in school that people said should do comedy. I only knew about the comedy greats and thought that you only became a comedian if you lived in places like L.A. or New York.
IK: How would you describe the Humboldt scene?
TL: After traveling to Sacramento and San Francisco and seeing some open mics there, I would describe our scene like an RPG like game. We’re here in this little spot with not a lot of comedians, but just enough for us to keep bouncing into and off of each other, honing our ideas. We’re just grinding in the same location to build up to a big boss. The comics here are great. With plenty of small mics we have guaranteed stage time, so when we do get out to other places we’re more seasoned.
IK: What’s your worst experience onstage so far?
TL: I’ve had some hecklers, and that’s to be expected, but the hardest thing to deal with so far is just people who don’t care that you’re there. Those shows were the worst because we were the “TV in the background” kind of entertainment. I’d get laughs every once in awhile, but that was from people who decided to listen to you while the majority talked amongst them themselves. 0% focus. I felt used in a weird way.
IK: What’s the coolest thing to happen to you in comedy so far?
TL: I was psyched to meet Kyle Kinane when he hopped on an open mic with us before his show the next day. That felt surreal. The rush of being onstage and having a whole room of people laughing at something you’ve said is the best feeling in the world, and I get to do it over and over again.
IK: Tell me about your podcast Trevor Has Friends.
TL: ThF is a podcast where my co-host James Stephen and I take cards from Cards Against Humanity and pair up what we think is a funny subject, then thrust them on an unsuspecting person (guest on the show) to come up with a story, commercial, act out, or whatever they want it to be. It’s grown to a pretty fun game. Lots of dick and fart jokes.
Check out Trevor Has Friends on Savage Henry Radio Network on iTunes or Podbean.