*For Jennifer Hudson’s fiancé, David Otunga, the future has many possibilities.
As a Harvard Law School graduate, reality TV star, a professional wrestler and motivational speaker, the question is what can’t he do? As it turns out, that would be standup comedy.
In an interview with AlwaysAList.com, Otunga, who made his comedy debut at the Chicago Improv last week, opened up about his latest career path, saying comedy was a natural extension of his acting experience. In fact, you can count Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Steve Harvey, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David as some of his favorite funnymen.
Check out highlights from Otunga’s chat below as he talks about his method for making people laugh, the new legal venture he’s pursuing and whether a return to the WWE is in his future:
Tell me about this new venture into comedy. Was this your first time onstage performing standup?
This was my debut. I’ve always been interested in acting and I’ve been taking acting classes for years and years. I still take them here in Chicago. People were always like, man you should do something with comedy because you’re really funny. I’ve never really considered myself a comedian. Granted, I think I have interesting stories. A pretty unique life I’d say. There’s not too many people who’ve graduated from Harvard Law School to go into pro wrestling, reality TV, acting, you name it. So I had this opportunity to do this program where I met with this standup comedy coach a couple times. I met with the guy like three times and I got to do my own set. It was pretty crazy man, but it was really fun. Leading up to it you’re really nervous because it’s just you and a mic – that’s it! Just up there with a mic entertaining people. As soon as I started and I got that first laugh, I was like this is awesome. With WWE, I have so much experience talking in front of crowds. Usually I’m trying to get people to boo me, but here I’m trying to get people to laugh.
Tell me about your comedy. Does it consist of real stories, other peoples’ experiences or jokes you make up for the routine?
Real life stuff! I don’t really tell jokes. That’s not me. I tell a story in an entertaining and funny way. I’m clever and witty and all of that so I don’t necessarily get up there and tell jokes. I use my real life. There’s nobody who has the background I do, so nobody has used that material before. I have my own niche.
I’ve seen you do legal commentary for networks like HLN. Is that something you’d like to do more of?
I really enjoy it. I got to cover some of the biggest cases from Jodi Arias to the George Zimmerman trial, Oscar Pistorius and Michael Dunn for HLN. Pretty much all of the major cases last year. It was cool. I think what people enjoy about me is that I have the education to back it up, but I’m not your typical legal analyst.
Do you get a chance to practice law much at all now?
I’m actually working with a partner and I’m thinking about starting my own law group. That’s actually what’s taking up some of my time and focus now too. I don’t get to practice law nearly as much as I’d like to though.
Your last appearance on WWE was during the pay-per-view The Royal Rumble. Are you done with professional wrestling? Have you hung up your trunks?
No not yet. I’m still with them. I’m focusing on some other stuff, but I’m looking to get back there. I’d like to win a singles title. But you haven’t seen the last of me.
Look for Otunga to hit the ring as part of the WWE’s annual “Tribute to the Troops.” The special will premiere Dec. 17 on the WWE Network and re-air on NBC on Dec. 23. For more of Otunga’s interview, click over to AlwaysAList.