A chat with Enzo Priesnitz, the newly-crowned Funniest Person in Austin

So there is a new Funniest Person in Austin and unlike many former Funniest People, he is actually from here.

“Born and raised,” Enzo Priesnitz said Wednesday. The 25-year old comic has only been Funniest since May 15, when he was crowned at Cap City Comedy Club. (The previous winner was the much-missed Lashonda Lester, who died in April.)

Calling from his day job as a fabricator for a company that makes props for movies and exhibits for museums (“I’m mostly a welder for them”), Priesnitz says he’s been doing stand-up for about three years.

“I used to watch Comedy Central late at night after my parents were asleep,” he says, citing Greg Geraldo,  Louis CK and Dave Attell as inspirations, citing Attell’s “Skanks for the Memories” as “one of the greatest comedy albums of all time”).

“This is the closest thing I have to a headshot right now”

Priesnitz says he always enjoyed telling stories to friends and just started hitting local open mics. I mention that he seems to have no Internet video presence, which is unusual for 21st century comedians.

“That is on purpose,” he says, “I’ve been told by folks that you shouldn’t be seen until you are ready to be seen and there is a lot of material in those first few years I really wouldn’t stand by. When you start, you are just grasping at straws trying not to bomb.”

These days, Priesnitz tries to go up about four times a week “which is not very much,” he says “I really should do more.”

He’s also quick to shout out his favorite Austin comics. “I love Jared McCorkle. Christina Parrish is amazing, she put me in a movie recently (her film “Call Me Brother”). Danny Goodwin’s great. These are people who have way more going on than I do right now. Go and see them.”

Check out Priesnitz June 2 at the New Movement and June 5 at Spider House.

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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