Cincinnati’s own Josh Sneed got him the slot at an audition held at the Columbus Funny Bone. Batting fifth and doing a mash-up of “greatest hits,” Waite impressed the Gotham scouts. Of the 19 comedians that performed, only he was chosen to go to New York, which actually surprised him.
“There were a lot of talented people,” he says.
He describes the taping of the program as a “whirlwind” and a bit unsettling at first.
“I was so nervous about being on TV,” Waite says. “Cameras everywhere, they put makeup on you.”
Once he hit the stage though, he quickly calmed down. “There was one joke I told that got a really big reaction and that put me at ease. ‘Alright, it’s like regular set, just because there are cameras here it’s not a big deal.’ I didn’t say that, I just thought it.”
Waite performs on Comedy Central at 11 p.m. Friday with a repeat at 8 a.m. Saturday. Read P.F. Wilson's interview with Waite here.