No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask # 8 Anthony Rodriguez – Once a Loser by Default, now His Scene His Rules

Anthony's First Day of School
Anthony’s First Day of School

Anthony Rodriguez was born in Monterey Park, CA and is the middle child out of three. He grew up in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights community and attended Catholic school from kindergarten until high school graduation.

When asked about how he got into comedy, Anthony said, “My introduction to comedy was through Eddie Murphy’s SNL skits and his stand-up comedy movies, Delirious and Raw.” Anthony watched these movies when he was pretty young and recalls how he had Delirious memorized and would recite it to his grade school buddies. Anthony claimed, “I knew then that I wanted to become a comedian. When I discovered George Lopez in 1999, I knew that there was a market for Latino Comics.”

In 2008, Anthony said, “I stepped foot on stage for the very first time to try standup. It was at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA. So many legends got their start there and would hone their chops at that club. Robin Williams, Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Kinison. I found a comedy workshop online which eventually became my foot through the door. I got the chance to meet so many people because of it and had such a passion for it.”

Anthony said, “One of the proudest moments of my life was when I had an opportunity to perform for a sold out crowd which included family and friends. I walked off that stage thinking it was what I was going to do for the rest of my life. However, the second time I tried stand-up, it was not so great. I BOMBED!!!! So I quit, for the first of many times. I never wanted to ever feel that way again. It would be nine more months until I stepped foot back onto a stage again.”

One of Anthony’s other true loves is his music. He told me, “In a nutshell, I’ve played in and out of bands since 1997. I formed a band called “Loser by Default” with my best friend Jimmy. We got to record an album called “Last Place,” in 2010. We got to play some really awesome places all over L.A. and met tons of great people because of it. We’ve sold albums domestically and in Canada and Japan. Loser By Default has since de-banded. I currently play guitar in a band called “Gadget Car”.

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When I asked Anthony what people should know about him he said, “I wouldn’t say people need to know about me! In fact, it’s a little unnerving to even speak (type) about me in fear of ridicule. But to answer the question, I’m a fun loving, adventure seeking, passionate, and willing to learn person. I put everything into my creative expression and I do everything in my power to leave it on stage and show the audience how much I care. Hopefully, it rubs off on people and they start to take notice.”

In his little free time Anthony said, “I created a podcast called “My Scene My Rules” MSMR Podcast. It was my platform to introduce my listeners to the people I’ve met, share my experience, and showcase what Los Angles has to offer from a creative aspect. For every creative outlet, there is a “scene” for it. I hope to capture and provide people a unique perspective for what it’s like to contribute to a scene and what it takes to do so.” You can catch the next episode in 2 to 3 weeks.

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I met aAnthony through work when I was running an employee wellness program and I asked him if he would lead a building-wide “Laugh Break.” He agreed. A few weeks later a bunch of people in our building descended upon the first-floor lobby to hear Anthony do a comedy routine about our workplace. It was great. Though I know as a comedian you always have to always be hustling, Anthony’s quick acceptance of my request showed me he is really a genuine guy who cares about others. It’s been great to get to know him more over the past couple years.

It is with great pleasure I bring you his answers to the “toss-up” questions. Please take the time to connect with him on social media and check out his comedy if he is ever at a club near you.

One person living or dead you would love to hang out with for a day? What would you do?
Comedian George Carlin. I would love to sit and listen to him chat about his views on life. He was a genius. His legacy will live on forever. His jokes stand the test of time and he’ll always be the greatest to ever do it. George Carlin died the same day I made my comedy debut. As weird as it sounds, I felt like that was my connection to him. I said, as he leaves this earth, I started a journey he started years ago. The best I could do to honor him was go out there and kill it on stage, which I felt I did. It was my first time doing stand up and it will be a moment I will NEVER forget.

If you could cure one disease in the world what it be? Why?
Cancer! It’s an epidemic. I’ve lost too many people I care and love about to this disease. This disease alone has caused some of the hardest times in my life.

What advice would you give the teenage you?
LEARN! Life is a school. Never stop learning and growing. Make mistakes, laugh as often as you can, and NEVER ever, under any circumstances, give a shit about what people think.

What is one meal or food you could eat everyday and not get tired of?
Pepperoni and sausage pizza from Dominoes!

If you were president and could enact any law outright, what would it be?
Free college education.

What is your favorite City?
Los Angeles of course!! Sure it’s over populated, sure it’s polluted, but it’s where I was born, and the best city in the world!

Name a place you would like to visit?
Chicago! While on tour in 2011, I didn’t get the opportunity to actually visit and take in what Chicago had to offer. It will always be my #1 domestic place to visit.

What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
Visit and tour Europe

Do you have a plaguing secret that you would like to air out to the world?

I fear success. Any kind of it. I’ve never felt that I could ever be deserving of it.

If you could be any profession at all, what would it be?
Full-Time Comedian and Comedy Club owner.

Is there a non-profit you would like everyone to know about?
Para Los Ninos. They’re an organization that helps low-income families find daycare, provide daycare and education. It’s helped so many, including my own family.

How do you think we can fix the racial divide in the United States?
Removal of social and economic classes. Classes divide us all. In the end, we’re all the same race, HUMAN.

What is your favorite Inspirational quote?
Not sure who said this but, “If you’re not embarrassed by the person you were 5 years ago, then you’ve haven’t grown”.

What is your favorite physical feature on your own body?
My ears! As a kid, I was ridiculed for having big ears. I grew into them eventually. It made me strong and helped me gain my chops as a comedian. A good comedian is as good as their snappy comebacks.

What do you think is the most important invention ever?
The automobile. Although there is nothing automatic about it. It’s still requires manual intervention. I can’t imagine a life without it.

Give money to the beggar on the street or tell them to “Get a job!”

Give money. I’m catholic, so I’ve been guilted to believe that “hey, it may be Jesus”…..and it’s the right thing to do.

What is one attribute you got from your Mom? How has it been a benefit to your life?
Being Independent. My mom did things for herself by herself. She learned how to do it on her own. I strongly believe she showed me how to go out and get what I want for myself. It made me fearless.

What is one attribute you got from your Dad? How has it been a benefit to your life?
Humor. My dad and I share a personality. My dad is the life of the party. When I discovered that I made him laugh at a young age, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Make people laugh.

What is the most adventurous thing you ever did?
Step foot on a stage, in front of strangers and tell a joke.

Do you have any addictions or obsessions?
I’m obsessed with the English singer Morrissey. His stage presence, his dramatics, and his careless and worry-free lifestyle. I want to live his
life for one day.

What is a question you would ask the next interviewee?

“Can you take a joke?”

What was your favorite meal growing up?

My grandmothers Caldo de Pollo (Chicken soup for the Mexican impaired).

What has the greatest loss in your life been?
My Grandmother Goya. She was the matriarch of our family. After her loss, things weren’t ever the same.

Three songs on your funeral playlist?
“Sleep” by The Smiths
“My Way” by Frank Sinatra
The Big Sleep” by Streetlight Manifesto.

What is the coolest thing you ever won?
I won a horseshoe tournament trophy! I’ve never thought of myself as a great horseshoe thrower, I have the goods to say otherwise.

What is your favorite accent?
Australian, it sounds too easy to recreate, but it’s the hardest. I think it’s the coolest.

Have you ever cried when a celebrity died?
Yes, Robin Williams. He’s a comedy legend. Hearing his story hit a little too close to home.

What is one thing you would like to learn before you die?
I would love how to run and self-produce my own comedy/music album. I would want to go back to school and become a sound recording engineer.

What was your favorite Halloween costume? Share a picture?

Mariachi! 1st grade. My Grandmother Goya made the costume by hand. Amazing.

What has been your favorite age so far?

25 was a good year for me. I learned so much and finally discovered my personality.

What is your horoscope sign? Do you feel it fits you?

Scorpio! My sign was my first excuse to do anything remotely out of the ordinary. It was my “YOLO”. From what people tell me, it makes sense to them that I’m a Scorpio.

What was your earliest memory?
My grandmother being there to pick me up at school and coming home to homemade scones. The smell to this day sends me into a state of nostalgia and euphoria.

What was the first album, cd, download you owned?

The first album/cd I owned was “Queen – A Night at the Opera”.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Homer Simpson. Through all his dumb ideas and ways, he always comes out with a new lesson.

What do you think is the meaning of life?
To live it to the best of your ability.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Someone not keeping their word.

Do you pick your nose?
All the Time!

Do you secretly fart in public and hope no one notices?

Please reference last question.

What is your biggest turn on?
Independent, self-respecting women! raaaarrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Do you think you could survive the zombie apocalypse? Why or why not?
No. I wouldn’t be able to leave my loved ones behind. I would sacrifice myself for them. And I would want to know if I taste like taco meat.

What is your favorite time period?
The 90’s. No debt, no credit, no worries. The biggest concern I had was getting a kickball stuck under a vehicle.

Have you ever been arrested?
I may look like I have, but….NOPE!!

What the scariest natural disaster?
Hurricanes!! The devastation. I’ll take earthquakes over a hurricane any day.

Do you enjoy hugs?

LOVE EM!

What was the first concert you attended?

Green Day. The Honda Center, formerly known as The Anaheim Pond Arena. I was 14 I believe.

Where do you think your soul comes from?

From my comedy and music.

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You can also catch Anthony on social media here:

Web site: www.myscenemyrules.com
Twitter: @myscenemyrules
Soundcloud page for podcast and loser by default album: www.soundcloud.com/loserbydefault
Instagram: @Tonyro14
Facebook: myscenemyrules

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