Alex Koll is an absurdist comic working in New York, he’s appeared on Conan, Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham and is a founding member of The Business, a weekly stand up show that has spread across the nation. His official bio notes that “Alex is currently flightless and unable to lay eggs.” He recently sat down with David Luna for a little chat.
David Luna: What is your earliest memory?
Alex Koll: Man, I don’t know. That’s a tough one. I have a memory of my mom rocking me in a rocking chair, but I feel like I was a little older when that happened.
It’s weird because I’ve been thinking a lot about it in context of myself, because I have a six-month-old and I keep wondering if or not he’s forming memories now.
DL: There are some people who can remember all the way back to when they were born or even earlier.
AK: Really? What do they say usually when it starts?
DL: Oh, I don’t know. Maybe feeling emotions from the tones of voice of people around them. There’s some writer, I can’t remember who. He recalled entire conversations. What do you call that, when you have complete retention of everything?
AK: Like photographic memory?
DL: Something like that but of every single word.
DL: Neither of us have that, unfortunately.
AK: Yeah, not me. What’s yours?
DL: Oh, my earliest memory? Huh.
I was watching a video of myself eating Kraft yellow American cheese singles.
AK: That’s fantastically specific.
DL: What kind of person were you in high school?
AK: I was a bonafide nerd, for sure. I found the pride in that at some point and ran with it. Again, it’s funny–I was rifling through some old school photos, and there’s just a jump between 9th grade and 10th grade where my hair goes down to my shoulders, and I’m wearing this ridiculous vest. It’s like, “This is the year I found the book on the ’60s.” And those were the six months I was a hippie, embarrassingly.
High school–at the beginning for a lot of people, I think–it’s the years when you bust out. You mature out of a previous personality or something like that.
Again, this is a very interesting question for today in particular. Today is my mom’s birthday, and when I was 17 she passed, so it’s actually been 20 years since she passed away. And that was my junior year in high school, so junior and senior year are very interesting for me.