Difference Maker: Scott Castellanos, Comedian

Rob Hart
April 07, 2020 - 6:15 am
Front Porch Comedy

Scott Castellanos (YouTube)

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PARK RIDGE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some people are using their shelter in place time to tackle some long awaited home improvement projects.  Others are giving the basement or garage that long awaited cleaning.

Scott Castellanos of Park Ridge is using it to chase his standup comedy dream.

The suburban father works in the insurance industry during the day.  He was starting to work on his comedy routine at theater on the northwest side when COVID-19 forced the shutdown of all bars and restaurants.

"They had open mics almost every night, so I just finally went and gave it a shot," Castellanos said.

Now, he does his act on his front porch.

"I figure I might not be able to get out to the clubs to work out material, so I might as well just not let that stop me," he said.

He scrutinizes every performance, even if he's telling jokes to an audience of one.

"A lot of times I'll go back and I'll just critique myself.  Going too fast here, cut some words down there and things like that," Castellanos said.

Every now and then, he will attract some people who are walking along Talcott Road.

"I have had a couple of people not congregating closely.  They are watching their social distancing. They seem to be appreciative. And then a couple people stop, look for a couple of minutes, and shrug their shoulders, and got a couple of chuckles as they've gone by," Castellanos said.

He hopes his standup routine can help people through an anxious time.

"These are the best times to laugh. It's always great to laugh, but when we're all going through something together.  Some sort of adversity or whatever, that's usually the best time to alleviate that pressure with a little bit of laughter."