Borja Nicolau is a comedian who has been able to combine his work as an engineer and his artistic facet as a comedian for years.
A murmur of voices runs through the stalls commenting on the imminent start of the show. Suddenly, the curtain opens and the protagonist of the night makes his appearance, who begins to pronounce loose phrases and rhetorical questions that provoke a raucous laughter among the spectators.
It was clear what was happening: the comedian has arrived!
WHO IS BORJA?
Laughing makes us happy, and this is well known to Borja Nicolau, a monologist who wanted to share his artistic journey in the world of humor and comedy with MOBS NATION.
Borja lives in Barcelona and for years has been combining his profession as an engineer at HP with his greatest passion: communication and comedy.
Borja's artistic and comic facet has always accompanied him throughout his life, from when he worked as a DJ at the age of 16 to having his own radio program where he broadcast football matches with a touch of humor.
And you know what the best of all is? Well, Borja is already part of MOBS NATION and now you can ask him for a personalized video!
His great charisma and ability to make people laugh makes him worthy of this space where he will tell us about his experiences and journey through the wonderful world of comedy.
Surely after this you will go head to the theater!
FROM ENGINEER TO LAUGHTER PROFESSIONAL
“I have used the time of confinement to finish building the foundations of my new project”
Q: Borja, when you decided to leave your job to dedicate yourself professionally to comedy, you released a documentary called El Salto in which you narrate this entire process, what objectives did you pursue with this report?
A: On the one hand, I wanted to inspire all those people who are in a moment of labor indecision. And on the other hand, I do it as a form of marketing to show that I have changed my professional sector and thus make myself known in this new field. One thing I want to make clear is that I do not intend to send the message that everyone has to leave their job to pursue their dream, but that it has to be a very mature decision.
Q: Has there been a turning point that made you make the leap to comedy for good?
A: There was a specific moment that for me was a before and after, and it was at Christmas last year when I spoke with my parents and told them of my decision to quit my job and dedicate myself to being a comedian. That talk was very important to me because they gave me all their support.
Q: What have been your biggest challenges right now?
A: The coronavirus! (laughs). I left my job in February of this year and had already hired quite a few gigs from then on, however, everything fell apart when the pandemic began and the activity was paralyzed. This has been a setback. But on the other hand, I have also used the time of confinement to finish building the foundations of my new project.
Q: I imagine that this coronavirus thing has given rise to many jokes...
A: The truth is that yes, but there is a question that will have to be resolved: how much desire are people going to have to continue talking about all this? In two weeks of quarantine I had twenty new minutes of monologue just talking about coronavirus, but I think people are going to be tired of the subject.
Q: Has it ever crossed your mind to go back to work?
A: No. Once the decision was made, I have never considered going back . In fact it is something that my parents told me when the coronavirus started; " Don't you think about it ? ”, and you know what I did after that question? I wrote a piece of monologue about that situation of my parents telling me to consider it. (laughs)
AND THE CURTAIN HAS BEEN OPENED!
“A monologue is a very well worked script ; many people think that you go up and tell things, but everything is very millimeter”
Q: When did you start doing comedy?
A: At first it was on the radio, doing funny news sessions. Then I set up my radio program and we broadcast football with a comic touch, and that's where I started writing comedy scripts. Later I started doing small gigs and open mics until now. In total, four years have passed.
Q: Did you have any training in performing arts?
A: I did a two-year monologue course at an academy in Barcelona, the Stand up Academy . I started out doing just one weekend intensive because I was curious about the subject of comedy. In the end I liked it and I ended up studying the full two years.
Q: Can you live from what you do?
A: Not right now. In my previous job I had a good salary and I know that it will take several years to collect what I did before, being optimistic. Art is difficult . At first you are nobody and you have to go looking for life in small places where you charge little or nothing, and then you make a name for yourself and you go up in cache.
Q: Is there an anecdote you want to share?
A: (Borja remains thoughtful). One time my former football coach came to see me perform and stood in the front row. As part of the show, we showed a message on the projector from a girl from Atrápalo named Miriam. So my ex-coach got up and said " Miriam wasn't your ex-girlfriend ?" (laughs). It was an out of place comment. I remember a girl who never stopped interrupting the show all the time and in the end I ended up making her go up on stage to sit next to me: there I played it but it turned out very well.
Q: I imagine that what you do requires a lot of improvisation…
A: Sure. In addition , people appreciate when you get out of the text and acquire a certain freshness . But a monologue is a very well worked script ; Many people think that you go up and tell things, but everything is very precise.
Q: The million dollar question… What do you think of humor without limits?
A: I think it's the million dollar question (laughs). I think it's very personal and each stand-up comedian has to be aware of the humor they make. Black humor has to be brilliant so it doesn't sound offensive. I would say: “I wouldn't set limits, but we have to be aware that there are those who may feel alluded to”.
A COMIC TOUR IS ON THE WAY
"You have to experiment with enthusiasm and try to include situations in your day to day so that they give you feedback"
Q: Are you working on any projects now?
A: Yes. Together with my fellow comedians, I am preparing a project called “Furgonologists”, which is a monologue show in a van specifically for the covid transition. We offer an outdoor show with several functions to avoid crowds and we provide all the material. Our idea is to make a small tour of the Basque Country and Catalonia.
Q: What would you recommend to people who want to pursue their dreams?
A: I would tell you to explore your illusion as far as you can. I would recommend that you dedicate a little free time to your passion to see if you could really make a living from it or not. You have to experiment with things with enthusiasm and try to include them in your day to day so that they give you feedback.
Q: And finally, what do you want to contribute to MOBS NATION?
A: I find it a very interesting option to be able to contribute to something as cool as a personalized gift. In the end, today everything tends to personalize and to be able to give someone a gift as special as possible, with a touch of creativity and dynamism, seems unbeatable to me.