Fitness background: Not much really. I did yoga seriously for a year 5 years ago but not anymore. Did plyometerics until I got injured with plantar fascitis. Tried TRX and stopped.
Favorite (least) CF exercise/WOD: Not really into the wall balls. I’ve gotten hit in the face several times and fallen on my ass. To motivate myself now, I just imagine the ball is a huge testicle and I don’t want it going to my face.
1) So give us two truths and a lie about yourself and lets see if members can guess which one is a lie.
Okay. 1. I was on the cover of a magazine once and the topic was pornography. 2. I’m a product of semi-incest as my parents are 3rd degree cousins. 3. I’m 7 feet tall.
2) Your a comedian. Haha. How did you get into that? Are there any perks to being a comedian?
I was bored with my life and wanted to make the world laugh with me and at me. Perks? Hmm… I get annoying people to always ask me to tell a joke, which I don’t do. And they always react, “You’re a comedian? But you’re so serious!” As if I’m supposed to be always trying to crack jokes. That would just be annoying.
3) Jay Leno has his chin, Conan has his hair, Chapelle has his weed. What does Tim Tayag have? What type of jokes are you known for?
I have Chapelle’s left over weed. Just kidding. It’s not from him. Kids, say no to drugs… until you hit 18. I think my jokes can sometimes come off as being “matapobre” or elitist to some people. Like, I’ll say something about how you can’t call them squatters anymore. The politically correct term is informal settler. Unless they’re wearing a barong, then they’re formal settlers. The ones that get it, laugh. The ones who have their own issues about elitism and poverty just frown. It’s really their problem and not mine. I merely reflect back what I see in our society and I come from a good place. So their interpretation is their own.
4) A joke isn’t really a joke if another person doesn’t laugh. Do you agree? How do you usually prepare for your sets? What do you do if people don’t laugh at your jokes?
Yes, I agree. If nobody laughs it’s just spoken word poetry. I usually prepare a set list of the bits I want to talk about. I write it down on a piece of paper and try to memorize it but as soon as I go up on stage, I just go with the flow. Most of the time, I don’t even follow the original set list. If people don’t laugh at my jokes, I just call it out. That joke sucked! I don’t know what I was thinking. Then the audience laughs at that because the see the honesty.
5) Most comedians make fun of things they see in everyday life. Having done Crossfit for some time, what are the odd things you have seen with the box, the coaches, the members, and mayber yourself?
I think it’s funny how some Crossfitters don’t seem to have a life outside of Crossfit. Before those people get offended, I said SEEM. I like to exaggerate to get maximum laughter. It’s ridiculous too when some guys do the WOD and at some point they don’t have their shirts on anymore. At what point did that happen? What made them decide, “Dammit! This shirt of mine is really hindering me from doing squats. If I could just take it off and show my abs, I can do another 100 lbs on the jerk and clean”. Of course, when I get my abs, I’m going to do that also. I found that my current fitness level is 12 notches below the level of a 42-year old woman with 4 kids. Or maybe 15 notches below.
6) Comedians aren’t known to be really fit. Why do you wanna be fit as f*ck?
I want to give Carrot Top and Dane Cook a run for their money. Seriously though, when I’m fit my material is also fit. Being fit makes me feel good and it translates on stage. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get the gay audience watching you even for your body.
7) So how did you learn about Crossfit? Why did you decide to enroll? Why did you bring your wife with you? Or was that the other way around. It was actually the other way around. I didn’t want to do Crossfit but my wife kept going for a month. I thought Crossfit was some kind of crazy cult, which I later found out that it really is. The thing that conviced me to try it was JED Dario. He told my wife, “You can do Crossfit. But I don’t think Tim can”. After much cursing, I tried it and I’m glad I did. Thanks, Jed. He owns an island, by the way, in Bulacan called Jed’s Island Resort. It’s the most jologs resort ever. I’m kidding. He doesn’t own it.
8) If you opened your set about Crossfit, how would you get your audience to try Crossfit?
I’ll open up with a button up short sleeve shirt but I would leave it open. Then I’d tell the stagehand to direct the electric fan at me so that it blows the shirt just enough to show my abs, I’m assuming I’ll have abs by then. Then I’ll just say, get your “pandesal” at Crossfit. Then I’d go back to you and charge you an insane amount of money for that endorsement.
9) Pls invite the community to your gigs. Let us know where to get a good laugh (or not).
Every Friday we’re at Chihuahua along Makati Avenue. It’s a free show that starts at 9PM. Good food and good burritos. They’re opening a new branch in Greenbelt. Also, another free show at Tomato Kick along katipunan on Tuesdays at 10PM. On Tuesdays also, Strumm’s along Jupiter at 7PM. These are all open mic shows, which means they’re free but we’re also trying out new material. However, next week from June 19 to 22, I’ll be doing shows every night in Kuala Lumpur. Like my FB page timtayagcomedian and comedy cartel for more info on our gigs. Follow me on twitter timtayag and check out my site timtayag.com. Okay, enough self-promotion!