Last week we had the chance to catch-up with Philly Native, Will “Spank” Horton after his show at Helium Comedy Club.
WitOut: Can you tell us a little bit about your early days in the Philadelphia comedy scene?
Spank: My early days were a little rough; I wasn’t taking comedy very seriously. I was just told I was a funny guy, so I would just go on stage and play around. After the first year, I got a phone call to do comic-view. From then on, I took comedy seriously. I started to dress a little better and market my own brand.
WitOut: Is that when you really fell in love with comedy?
Spank: I fell in love with comedy after my fourth or fifth year. After the sixth year, I got a call from Kevin Hart. He told me he had been watching my shows and wanted me to go on tour with him. After that I got really serious and went dead-hard. That was in 2007. I started in 2001.
WitOut: What do you consider to be some of the biggest achievements in your career thus far?
Spank: A standing ovation as an opener for Kevin Hart.,Iit was one of those shows where everyone was paying $40-$50 to see Kevin Hart and for me to come out and do my 15-20 minutes and receive a standing ovation, I thought, “I could definitely do this.” Kevin helped me get to where I am at. I used to be known locally, but now I am known world-wide.
WitOut: If you could perform comedy anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Spank: It is going to sound real cliché-ish, but I am going say my hometown, Philadelphia.
WitOut: I had a feeling you might say that…
Spank: I am so Philly, man. A lot of people say stuff about their hometown like, “Ahh no, you gotta get outta here,” but I have been here all my life and I am still flourishing.
WitOut: You were recently in the movie, Ride Along. How was your experience working with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart?
Spank: It was fun. Even though I worked with Kevin on the road it was completely different on set. And Ice Cube kept telling me I was doing really well. He made me feel as if I were a veteran. It was great; I had my own little trailer. I was the only actor with four lines that had his own trailer and I think that was because the producer and everyone thought of me as one of the boys.
WitOut: What was different about working with Kevin Hart on set as opposed to working with him on the road?
Spank: On the road there was more “silly, silly, hey-hey, buddy-buddy.” The movie was serious [work]. He wanted to be in character. I was in my trailer before my lines, he was in his. On the road, we just wile out!
WitOut: Who are some of your comedy heroes?
Spank: Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Martin, Bernie Mac. I am a fan of all the greats and all of those that do open-mic. My number one would have to be Eddie Murphy.
***Spank married his long-time sweetheart in 2012 and still is a resident of the Greater Philadelphia Area. You can find him up in the township, arguing with his neighbors over parking spots “township style.”