Jeff Wright has a million-dollar smile. When the comic flashes his pearly whites on a stage or in your display, you’re feeling just like the phrase has been deployed somewhat too casually all these years. 1,000,000-dollar smile doesn’t simply imply that you just’re so good-looking girls repeatedly write issues like “CEO of being fiiine” or “I really like your smile and your yum yum chocolate,” in your Instagram (and belief, you could find these actual feedback, together with loads of coronary heart eyes, on Wright’s IG web page). It additionally radiates vitality and opens a window into an individual’s charismatic spirit.
The 27-year-old Wright’s viral on-line skits run the gamut of slick observational comedy, off-beat premises, and commentary on present occasions. However the place Wright actually shines is when personifying the unpersonifiable, like God and Jesus, streaming companies, or the totally different COVID-19 vaccines arguing. Firstly of the pandemic, Wright was making skits in his yard in Orlando, Florida and after a couple of viral hits, he began catching late-night exhibits’ curiosity and a spotlight. A few exhibits referred to as, however ultimately Wright selected Late Evening with Seth Meyers, the place he will get to do the identical kind of bits he made for Tik Tok with a a lot larger finances. Certain, he could look like an in a single day success, however as is usually the case, Wright’s truly received a bunch of pores and skin within the sport — he’s been a slapstick comedian since highschool.
GQ caught up with Wright and talked about what it’s like working with Seth Meyers; veteran Late Evening author, Amber Ruffin; basketball; and what it’s been like for the Florida-raised stand-up to search out himself in his artform’s world capital, New York Metropolis.
So, it has been form of eerie watching late-night exhibits with out an viewers. Did you discover it off-putting?
I wouldn’t say that. After I first confirmed up and was behind the scenes simply getting used to it, it felt cool, like what Contemporary Prince had when he was the one individual there. No household, no furnishings. I After which when it was time to really carry out, for me, I wish to feed off of individuals’s vitality too. So it was simply attempting to drum it up. I wish to make folks chuckle, however when there is not any viewers, there is not any again. It was a distinct expertise. I am used to creating sketches in entrance of my neighborhood as a result of I simply be outdoors with video cameras. It’s a step up from there. I’ll let you know that a lot.
When the pandemic started, you had been a stand-up comedian in Florida. Then impulsively you’re a late-night author and viral comic with over one million followers on-line, dwelling in New York Metropolis. What was that change like?
It is form of cool, you get to carry out on the locations that you just all the time wished to. I keep in mind visiting New York three or 4 years in the past, and there have been these spots that I wished to do, like Caroline’s, and I did not understand how or who to succeed in out to, however now, I’ve extra of an in. However, additionally I really feel this burden to remind folks that, though I do sketches and I’m humorous with all this on-camera stuff, there’s nonetheless a real slapstick comedian right here. I really feel like I nonetheless wish to put in the identical work that everybody else did, despite the fact that you’ll be able to skip the road if you wish to and use your title if you wish to. I nonetheless need folks to stroll away considering he is not simply a man that made humorous movies, this man does stand-up.