Top 15 Comedians

Keith Alberstadt_web#9 KEITH ALBERSTADT


The only Southern native on our list, Nashville native-turned-Astoria resident Keith Alberstadt first began making people laugh in college, working the open mic circuit after dabbling in comedy the summer after he graduated high school.

“I always loved watching comedy,” he said. “I love the creative process of constructing a joke and making it work. Seeing people doing that well through the writing process and performance, I took a liking to that early. I knew I wanted to do that early on.”

Upon graduating from Vanderbilt, where he refined his comedic chops on a sports radio show, Alberstadt began focusing even more on his comedy career, taking advantage of the burgeoning comedy scene in the region at night while working a 9-5 during the day. After five years, he decided to commit to his craft full time.

“I knew it was kind of a sink or swim, that I couldn’t do it anymore while still having a job,” he said. “I realized I had to pick one or the other, so I decided I’ll try it, because I can always come back and try something else. But luckily it worked out.”

After five years of touring, Alberstadt decided to make the move to New York City in the spring of 2006. “I love the road, but I wanted to elevate my career to the next level and I’d heard good things,” he said.

Since the move, Alberstadt has experienced stage and writing success, including contributing to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as performances on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with David Letterman. He notes the latter feat as one of the defining moments of his career.

“It was honestly a blur,” he said. “It was one of those things where it was like let’s just have fun with this, and it happened, it came and went, and it was awesome. There’s no other word to describe it other than surreal. I think that’s the one word comics would use to describe being on Letterman.”

Catch Alberstadt live at the Comedy Cellar, where he regularly performs, or on his soon-to-be-released comedy album, which he’ll be recording in Nashville this month.

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