Highline alum makes his living in laughter

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

Highline alum Jake Dill makes a name for himself in the business of laughter.

Dill lived in Puyallup, and attended Highline in 1997 for one year.

At Highline his time went to "general AA courses and of course working for the Thunderword as the editorial cartoonist," said Dill.

He attended the University of Washington after Highline.

"After Highline I had a year off of school and that got me interested in radio," he said.

At the University of Washington, he interned at 1077 the End.

"I used radio for an outlet for comedy for years until I realized, "Oh, hey! I can just go down to the Underground and do an open mic," said Dill.

Dill is a stand up comedian, and just released his first hour called Mandalaugh on YouTube and Facebook.

Every performer has different reasons for taking the stage again and again.

For Dill it's "just the pure love of it. It's my favorite art form and there's absolutely no feeling like crushing a room," he said.

"Now my main bread and butter is hosting nights at a radio station in Los Angeles (ALT 98.7) that serves as my main outlet for comedy now."

Dill has four main shows each year, two in Los Angeles and two in Seattle, he said.

Like any art form however, a career as a comedian has its challenges.

"Doing stand up you face difficulties every day. Just getting up on stage is difficult. Yeah, crushing a room is an amazing feeling but bombing? That's a good way to destroy your ego," said Dill.

"Anyone who can bomb and keep doing standup is either extremely determined or delusional...or both."

Other challenges include "shady bookers, abusive audience members, salty comics who want to drag you down into their world of bullshit, high school drama (Seattle is actually a great place for comedian drama). The list goes on and on," said Dill.

Dill has lived in Los Angeles for over eleven years.

"I've performed at every major club. I've opened for the biggest names in comedy. I've made contacts and had meetings at Comedy Central. I've had Wanda Sykes tell me I was very funny. I've managed to get a full-time gig on the biggest rock station in LA," said Dill.

Throughout his life he's, "become ok with failure and have learned to embrace it and learn from it. It's just a part of life, and in this business if you can't learn from it and move past it, you're doomed," he said.

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