Today’s “Streetlamp Spotlight” is Brandon Wardell. We asked the guys five questions and will be sharing the results throughout the week.
1. What did you want to be when you were small? From the moment I saw the special “Freddie Freeloader’s Christmas Dinner” on HBO when I was 6, I wanted to be a comedian and a clown just like Red Skelton. The film is hilarious obviously, but at one point Freddie is mistaken for a clown by a nurse who was waiting for one that didn’t show up. Seeing a real live clown was a sick little boy’s only wish for Christmas. Freddie’s convinced to give being a clown a shot and all the kids in Pediatrics are treated to an amazing performance! It was right then that I realized I wanted to make people laugh and smile for the rest of my life and that my performing could maybe help people happier and maybe even help heal them somehow. That was the seed for my entire career.
2. What makes you laugh the most? Reeeeeaaally dumb jokes. Clever, but dumb. Kinda like me!
3. What’s your favorite thing about touring? I love to come into each venue and dive into the experience of making it our home for the night. We get to travel to some of the most beautiful facilities in the world and host a huge, fabulous party for our friends! What’s better than that?
4. What would you sing at Karaoke night? Probably “Sweet Child O’ Mine” unless someone just did it. Even then, I might just do it again! I love 80s music. Anything where they are singing high and loud like me.
5. What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? Basketball. I like it in all forms, but college is my favorite. The North Carolina Tarheels are my absolute favorite team. I mean, my daughter’s middle names are CAROLINA and BLUE for goodness sakes. I get INSANE over them. It started with Michael Jordan in ’82 and well, the last 2 seasons have been pretty perfect except for that one shot…
A native of the Carolinas, Brandon grew up as his “Daddy’s roadie” and helped him set up hundreds of club shows before he was old enough to even get into the venues. Brandon’s professional career began as a teenager and has included Broadway Theater, Feature Films, Sold Out Concerts and National Television appearances. Across those mediums, he has found success as a Performer, Producer, Technician and Engineer. Under the Streetlamp is the perfect place for Brandon to explore all of those interests.