Warren B. Hall Fighting Wars with Comedy - page 2

By Jessamyn Cuneo on January 31, 2006

Warren B. HallHall was born in Boston, grew up in Brockton, and then moved to Phoenix by the start of high school. After graduation, he did comedy part-time while working odd jobs, which included DJing at strip clubs ("I was known as the nicer of the guys there") and filling phone-order prescriptions, a job which ended on a more tragic note ("What helped [set me free] was that I got into a fist fight with a co-worker.")

Some other side-projects of Hall's include acting in commercials for Subaru and the Harlem Globetrotters. Eventually, he got fed up with friends asking, "Hey, man, you still doing that comedy thing?" This frustration pushed his decision to focus on the career of his choice.

Hall began exclusively doing stand-up when he was 29. He'd known that he wanted to be on television since the age of three, when he had a dream that he was in "Scooby Doo." Then, when he was ten, he saw Eddie Murphy on "Saturday Night Live," and decided that he wanted to follow in his footsteps. Murphy became a huge influence on Hall, as well as his mother.

"I liked [Murphy's] fast-talking style," Hall explains. "And I didn't realize how funny my mom was before, but she's a funny gal!"

Hall would like to see his mom running the country. "She'll whoop ass, but she'll find out the facts first. Most presidents just want to fight."

Hall's mom is a Sergeant Major in the Army. She raised him by herself, and Hall pays her endless respect. This is also another reason why he chooses to devote much of his career to entertaining troops as part of Comics on Duty.

According to Hall, the American soldiers don't get enough distraction from violence and death. During his last trip, he picked up on some disturbing fads.

"[The troops] watch a lot of Black Hawk Down," Hall recounts, "[Also,] they come off a 12-hour shift of shooting people, and play Halo. Those guys play Halo like nobody's business."

While Hall does play with Airzookas and video games in his down time, he spends most of his time bouncing between older and younger crowds here in the States. He embraces diversity in his influences, as well as his crowds and material.

"Sometimes I get the question, 'How are you with urban crowds?' or 'How are you with white crowds?'" Hall says. "I like mixed crowds the best, a little bit of everything."