"When you first start doing comedy, and your friends come to check you out, they're just happy to see you. Now, that third time, they're like 'OK this motherfucker ain't funny.' You gotta make sure you're funny."
In the inaugural episode of The Moonlighters Club, host Joel Edwards discusses his inspiration for creating the podcast and talks with Shaun Bedgood, who worked as an officer with the Suffolk University Police Department and moonlighted as a standup comedian.
Born in Selma, Alabama, and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Shaun's childhood was shaped by a disinterest in school but love for humor. While attending Suffolk University in Boston, working toward a degree in Criminology & Law, he started focusing on comedy in his senior year, first cutting his teeth with a 20 minute set during the school's Fall Fest.
Upon graduation, Shaun was hired as a security officer and then entered the State Police Academy. He had temporarily put his comedy on hold, but after getting back into standup and performing at up to 3 Open Mic Nights a week, he landed his first paying set a year and a half later.
It hasn't always been easy, but he hasn't stopped booking gigs and acting opportunities since. When he's not patrolling his beat, you can catch him hosting shows from Davis Square to the Seaport District, performing at comedy clubs across New England and starring in regional television commercials.