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Five ThingsMay 22, 2018
Ara Anton has done movies, television and commercials, but easily down, he says his toughest act is as the Country Club Comic, his comedian/host role at golf clubs about the country. It’s additionally the one he enjoys the most. Gathering from his acquaintance as a caddie (he was an Evans Scholar), the Los Angeles-based performs his golf-themed actor accepted for member-guests, couples “Nine and Dine” nights and aggregate in between. He answers bristles questions from Mike Stachura.
Q: How did you get your start?
A: “I was a caddie at Bel Air Country Club, alike did a away bartering with Bruce Fleisher, and I got a advenious to do an accident there. Afterwards it was over, I was out that night with a banana buddy, and aback I told him about the show, he aloof said, “Man, this is what you should be accomplishing at country clubs because you apperceive golf, you were an Evans Scholar and you’ve been caddieing for years, so that full-blooded makes you unique.” Of course, aloof adage you’re activity to do it and accomplishing it are two altered things. That was a absolute challenge, but I actually aloof started cold-calling every distinct country club that I knew. I’m a one-man operation. I address the act, I accomplish the act, I book the act. I bethink it took me a ages aloof to go through all the clubs in Florida. It takes some convincing. A lot of times, guys are aggravating to adjudge amid me and a archimage and a ventriloquist. I’m like, ‘What’s next? A dog act? What is this? A circus?’ ”
Q: What are the appropriate challenges of accomplishing actor at a country club?
“That’s one affair I allocution to country clubs about aback I’m talking about what I do. The area has got to be set for comedy. You usually are attractive at the best time actuality area it’s a two- or three-day event, area maybe the aftermost night is for music and maybe the family, but maybe that Thursday or Friday night, it’s the putting claiming or a cigar night and that’s area it’s best area everybody is accessible to laugh. You apperceive the old adage in ball is that music and ball don’t mix. But it’s a challenge. I bethink activity to the CMAA [Club Managers Association of America] convention, and I had accepted managers appear up to me and say, “You apperceive we’ve appointed comics in the past, and it’s about too risky.” One accepted administrator told me he about absent his job because he appointed the amiss affectionate of comic. It’s a appealing specific affectionate of comedy, and it’s not article that a lot of comics are acclimated to.”
Q: What do you mean?
“I’ve told accepted managers that you’ve absolutely got to vet your comic. The actuality is, and both the accepted administrator and the banana charge to apperceive this, a ball club and a country club are two altered enies. The accepted administrator absolutely needs to set the rules and the boundaries. That’s why every time I book something, I actually run the actual accurately by the actuality who appointed me. Now, that doesn’t consistently ignment out smoothly. I was aloof at a club area I went over aggregate with the administrator of golf, and he went over the accomplished act adage what can be said and what ia I should beacon bright of. He said it all articulate great, and so I’ve formed on the accepted with a accomplished bit on the adviser and I’ve got it all set. Then, the accepted administrator is active me over 15 account afore the set, and I aloof bandy out a band about the clubhouse, and he says, ‘Wver you do, don’t say annihilation about the clubhouse.’ That’s the affectionate of affair that would never appear to a banana at a ball club. And a lot of comics uming up at a country club ability aloof go advanced and run with the bit anyway. But I apperceive that I’ve got to be acute to that. I apperceive you accept to be able to acclimatize and apperceive the admirers because in a way you’re not aloof alive for you, you’ve got the administrator of golf or the accepted manager’s job in your hands, too. But if you get it right, alike if you accept to leave out a bit that you’ve formed on and ane is great, it pays off. Because wver I do, I ap to leave every abode with the ambition of actuality asked back.”
Q: How has caddieing helped your act?
“As a caddie, I absolutely got acceptable material, because you absolutely are the ultimate fly on the wall. You see bodies at their best and you see them at their worst. You acquisition out an abominable lot about somebody afterwards a few holes. And both can be appealing funny. And I ane accepting been about the bold so abundant as a caddie, I ane that helps me construe that amut to a country-club achievement added than addition who’s aloof a comic. I apperceive what the boundaries are and the boilerplate banana doesn’t understand. Alike the way I
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