[Ever wondered about the man behind artblog’s latest spate of cat comics? Andrew Jeffrey Wright, who draws the popular Bananazz, talked with us in 2011 about zine-making, stand-up comedy, and surviving on $500 a month. Listen to the podcast to learn more about him! — the artblog editors]
Andrew Jeffrey Wright is known for his humorous drawings and prints, psychedelic pattern paintings, and most recently his stand-up comedy routine, which he performs regularly Tuesday nights at the Barbary. Wright, who is a founding and current member of Space 1026, made his first splash with The Manipulators, an animated film he co-produced with then-girlfriend, Clare Rojas. That fashion-lampoon, done with magazine pictures altered with whiteout, won Wright and Rojas the top prize for animation at the New York Underground Film Festival. In our talk with Wright, we learned that he supported himself in college by working as a security guard at Hog Island and elsewhere, and that some of his humor influences include Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Rodney Dangerfield. And while the focus of much of his work is on lampooning drug use, he’s never used drugs himself. And while he’s done some video work recently for Comcast, he’s waiting for a good corporation like EdenSoy to step forward and use his art talents. Full podcast and YouTube audio slide show on the jump page.
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