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Jeremy Burke

Jeremy Burke throws L.A.’s most awesome comedy and music parties. On a scale of 1-10, he goes to 11.

Interview by Ally Mullen

Hi Jeremy!

Hiiiiii!


Introduce yourself to the public!

My name is Jeremy Burke. I’m 28, I’m from Rochester, NY.


According to your business card what do you do?

It says I’m a CEO/Sandwich Enthusiast (laughs). I run a company called Loud Village. What we do is specialize in events, mainly in comedy and music. So, I am a comedy event producer, a DJ, a wedding officiant, a vibe constructor...


What brought you to L.A.?

I used to tour with bands. When I was 19, I dropped out of college, quit my jobs and got to see the country and what the world was like. When we went through L.A. I fell in love and I knew it’s where I wanted to live. It’s my favorite city. I’ve lived in L.A. for almost seven years now so I think I can call myself an Angelino at this point.


What do you love about it?

It’s like the world on a smaller scale. Whatever you want, you can find in L.A. There’s everything here.


So how did you get started in comedy?

I worked in music for about six years. In between touring, I would go to shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Then I started taking classes there and I loved it. I started to realize that some aspects were a lot like the music scene and I noticed there was so much potential there that wasn’t being done. I’ve always loved comedy, but not everyone goes to comedy clubs, so my idea was to put on comedy shows that reflected my idea of what I love about going to music shows.


So how did you put that idea into action?

There’s this taco stand around the corner from my house, Best Fish Taco. I became good friends with the owner from me going there all of the time. One day he found out what I did and asked me to do a show there, so we started doing them every first and third Tuesday.


A show at a taco stand? What’s that like?

It’s free show, people bring their own beer, and they hang out and pack in the outside cabana. Now it’s to the point where at least 300 people come out and crowd around the sidewalk and in the streets.


Wow that’s a huge turn out. Who are some of the people who perform?

We get amazing comedians that come in and try out new material, and then we have surprise drop-ins—everyone from like, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, the Workaholics guys, Adam Devine, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, and the list just goes on and on. The neighborhood really enjoys it; it’s this awesome little secret we have that is solely promoted through word of mouth.


You posted a photo of Robin Williams recently. How’d you pull that one off?

That was for another show I work with called Set List created by Troy Conrad and produced by Paul Provenza—both veterans in the comedy scene—and in the last year they brought me on to work with them. The show is amazing—it’s on the UK and Australian version of HBO and has a lot of cred. Through that they met Robin. He was in town and just showed up to do a set. They introduced me to him and I freaked out. That was amazing.


Were you a big fan of his growing up?

Yes totally! Him, Dave Chappelle, Billy Crystal, Jim Carrey, the whole ‘90s era of SNL, Garry Shandling from The Larry Sanders Show, and Bob Odenkirk and David Cross from Mr. Show. They were all big influences.

What other TVs shows do you watch?

Workaholics, Parks and Recreation, Archer, and I’m really excited for the new season of Arrested Development.


If you could be on any TV show, what would it be?

Saturday Night Live or Chappelle’s Show.


Would you ever consider auditioning for a show like SNL?

I think my route would be creating my own version of SNL!


So another big thing you’re into doing is DJing. What kind of events do you perform at and what type of music do you play?

I started DJing out of my love for music. I could never really play any instruments so when I discovered DJing it was like using music as its own instrument. It goes perfectly with what I do now—throwing events and parties. When you’re DJing you’re studying the vibe and it’s such a fun thing for me. One style I DJ is just straight hip hop, ratchet, trap stuff, and I love doing that. There’s this really awesome movement in L.A. that’s like an underground hip hop warehouse party that’s called “HAM OnEverything” and they throw the most insane parties in L.A. with 1,000 people deep. It’s like the new punk rock—everyone goes nuts. They let me DJ and it was the most fun thing ever.


For those out there that don’t know, what’s ratchet music?

It’s dirty, don’t give a fuck music. Like girls with their asses out, twerking like nothing else matters.


What kind of music would we hear you play there?

Waka Flocka, Juicy Jay, Tyga, Problem, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross—super ratchet! Now, the other stuff I spin is like vibey, new disco, and funk and soul. I’ll be playing that kind of music this summer; I’m starting a night at The Roosevelt.


One thing I’ve learned about you is that you have very good luck at getting what you want and into where you want. I can’t tell if it’s your attitude, the vibes you put out, or just plain luck. Why do you think great things happen to you?

I think it’s because no matter what situation I’m in I always stay open to the possibility of making it the best it can be. Wherever I’m at, I want to turn it up as high as it can go. On a scale of 1 to 10, I turn it up to 11. People stop at 10, but 11 exists! I literally just keep going.


You’re like the Spinal Tap of having fun?

Yeah, like lets see how far this can go!


What’s the craziest thing you’ve wiggled your way into?

Hands down, a few weekends ago seeing The Rolling Stones at the Echoplex. It was a lottery style system to get tickets, and there were about 4,000 people there. Everyone I went with lost, but another friend I knew in line won. A friend and I hung out and talked to him just because the scene was crazy, and next thing I know they’re letting people in. We got in line with the winners and the lady let us in! I had a losing ticket! I don’t know if she was hooking us up or just wasn’t paying attention. Everyone else said no and left; we said yes and stayed. We saw The Rolling Stones play in front of 600 people for twenty dollars. So many people give up on things and have no idea how close they were to actually getting it.


Favorite places to go in L.A.?

Amoeba
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Post & Beam
Best Fish Taco Ensenada, especially first and third Tuesdays (laughs)

Favorite brands?

The Hundreds
The Button Up
Nudie Jeans
TEENAGE