Aaron Phillips’ victory at the Winter Comedy Festival last night came with spectacular prizes: $250, a bottle of Jameson, two cases of Miller Light and a paid weekend at Wiley’s.
Oregon District’s Aaron Phillips
But he wasn’t the only winner.
The Oregon District fixture (his family owns Feathers Vintage Clothing and lives in the neighborhood passed out shots of whiskey to the seven other contestants and friends.
Fresh off his victory, I caught up with Aaron today for a little Q and A.
Hey Aaron, I want to do a follow-up blog post about your victory. Can you answer a few questions?
What is the strangest thing you have ever worked into a joke?
I used to do an impression of Bill-Nye-the-Science-Guy-Fieri, which I mercifully retired. It was rough.
Who makes you laugh?
My favorite local comics who make me laugh are Mike Cannestero, Vincent Holiday, Nate Washington and Cincinnati’s Jay Armstrong.
Is there anything that is off limits?
Nothing should be off limits, but there are subjects that usually stop a show: rape, misogyny, racism, gross-out humor if not done well. I always say I never have a problem if someone tries a shock-value joke. I’m only offended if it wasn’t funny.
If you could be a character from any ’80s sitcom, who would you be?
I would love to be a boy version of VICKI from “Small Wonder” or a girl version of Mr. Belvedere or Willis. I don’t know.
Ha ha. Both are pretty foxy.
Anything else you want to add?
I wanna give a shout-out to my Columbus comedy people Dorian Vasquez, Mike Hillenski and Kamari Stevens. See you soon!