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Clayton English

Daily from June 18-22
8 p.m.
Daily from June 21-22
10:30 p.m.

“I wasn’t necessarily a class clown,” says comedian Clayton English, “but if you were sitting next to me, I’d say something funny that would make you laugh. I entertained the immediate area, not the whole class.” When he wasn’t cracking jokes, he was drawing cartoon characters and superheroes in his notebook. “That’s what I did most of the time instead of taking notes,” he laughs. He considered pursuing animation as a career. “Once I realized how tedious it was—especially hand-drawn animation—I thought, ‘I’m not going to have the patience for this.’” Comedy had a different appeal. “It’s magical,” he says. “This person is talking for a whole hour, and everything they’re saying is funny. Why don’t regular people talk like that?” He was in his mid-20s when he finally decided to give it a shot. “It just clicked,” he said. Oddly, the butterflies hit when he got off stage. “Immediately after my stomach started to hurt. I was outside sitting on the curb. People thought I was drunk.” That didn’t deter him. “After that, I just wanted to get onstage as much as possible.”