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Brand Ambassador Hightlight: Monty Geer

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Brand Ambassador Hightlight: Monty Geer

Author: Melody van der Veen / Category: Brand Ambassador / Published: March-20-2019

Beginning in Fall 2018, Monty has highlighted some of our favorite jackets as a Brand Ambassador including The Ellis Peak, The Ton Up Jack, and The Burnout II Jacket. Over the course of our partnership with Monty, I moved to Los Angeles, which made it possible for me to meet, photograph, and interview him in person. Earlier this month, Monty and I met up at Verve Coffee in downtown L.A. where he told me about his career as an actor, writer, and stand up comedian.

Originally from Snohomish, Washington, Monty spent much of his childhood dreaming of becoming an actor. He was exposed to comedy through 1970's reruns of Saturday Night Live and comedic sitcoms on Fox, PBS, and NBC. Growing up in a rural town, Monty had little to no access to professional acting programs or job opportunities. His desire to make his dream a reality led him to move to New York City at age 16 to attend the New York Film Academy and eventually earn his degree in Film and TV at New York University.

During this time, Monty began his career as a stand up comedian and ghost writer for wildly famous shows such as Late Night with Jimmy Falon. He also participated in TBS stand up competitions, won national sketch competitions, and sold pilots to MSN. Since he was under 21, in order to perform at the clubs and bars he booked, Monty had to get a fake I.D. to be let into the venues. He joked, "I had to get a fake I.D. not to drink, but to perform."

During this time, Monty began his career as a stand up comedian and ghost writer for wildly famous shows such as Late Night with Jimmy Falon. He also participated in TBS stand up competitions, won national sketch competitions, and sold pilots to MSN. Since he was under 21, in order to perform at the clubs and bars he booked, Monty had to get a fake I.D. to be let into the venues. He joked, "I had to get a fake I.D. not to drink, but to perform."

From New York to L.A.

When Monty was living in New York, 20 hour workdays with 4 hours of sleep was a normal thing. Though he doesn't go this hard anymore, Monty took the grueling experience of New York's daily hustle, and applied it to his career in L.A. Instead of being lazy and simply "floating around," as Monty called it, he attacks his work with the New Yorker energy and work ethic, and it has served him well.

Over the past 7 years, Monty played the character, Cole, on MTV’s Awkward as well as roles on TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything and Lifetime's, Mommy I Didn't Do It. He currently is a spokesman with John Hamm for SkipTheDishes, and will be featured in 7 commercials. Monty also writes and acts in his own show, On Hiatus with Monty Geer and owns his own production company, Final Boss Inc.

During this time, Monty began his career as a stand up comedian and ghost writer for wildly famous shows such as Late Night with Jimmy Falon. He also participated in TBS stand up competitions, won national sketch competitions, and sold pilots to MSN. Since he was under 21, in order to perform at the clubs and bars he booked, Monty had to get a fake I.D. to be let into the venues. He joked, "I had to get a fake I.D. not to drink, but to perform."

From New York to L.A.

When Monty was living in New York, 20 hour workdays with 4 hours of sleep was a normal thing. Though he doesn't go this hard anymore, Monty took the grueling experience of New York's daily hustle, and applied it to his career in L.A. Instead of being lazy and simply "floating around," as Monty called it, he attacks his work with the New Yorker energy and work ethic, and it has served him well.

Over the past 7 years, Monty played the character, Cole, on MTV’s Awkward as well as roles on TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything and Lifetime's, Mommy I Didn't Do It. He currently is a spokesman with John Hamm for SkipTheDishes, and will be featured in 7 commercials. Monty also writes and acts in his own show, On Hiatus with Monty Geer and owns his own production company, Final Boss Inc.

Remaining Inspired

Since Monty writes hundreds of jokes, he uses a variety of tactics to keep inspired and create original content. Whenever potential joke ideas come to him, he adds them to a long list on his phone, then brainstorms 10 different punch lines for every joke. This helps him create lines that people don't expect, and ultimately stretches his writing ability.

Monty's most memorable stand up experience was at Pack Theatre in L.A., where he performed next to some of his longtime role models including Bob Odenkirk, Adam Mackay, The Whitest Kids U' Know, the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade, and comedians from SNL. As Monty progresses in his career, he works to surround himself with people who are dedicated to their craft and are going places in the world of comedy.

Since Monty writes hundreds of jokes, he uses a variety of tactics to keep inspired and create original content. Whenever potential joke ideas come to him, he adds them to a long list on his phone, then brainstorms 10 different punch lines for every joke. This helps him create lines that people don't expect, and ultimately stretches his writing ability.

Monty's most memorable stand up experience was at Pack Theatre in L.A., where he performed next to some of his longtime role models including Bob Odenkirk, Adam Mackay, The Whitest Kids U' Know, the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade, and comedians from SNL. As Monty progresses in his career, he works to surround himself with people who are dedicated to their craft and are going places in the world of comedy.

Remaining Inspired

Since Monty writes hundreds of jokes, he uses a variety of tactics to keep inspired and create original content. Whenever potential joke ideas come to him, he adds them to a long list on his phone, then brainstorms 10 different punch lines for every joke. This helps him create lines that people don't expect, and ultimately stretches his writing ability.

Monty's most memorable stand up experience was at Pack Theatre in L.A., where he performed next to some of his longtime role models including Bob Odenkirk, Adam Mackay, The Whitest Kids U' Know, the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade, and comedians from SNL. As Monty progresses in his career, he works to surround himself with people who are dedicated to their craft and are going places in the world of comedy.

"If your intention is to make yourself laugh, everyone gets a lot more comfortable. They see that you’re having fun on stage."

"If your intention is to make yourself laugh, everyone gets a lot more comfortable. They see that you’re having fun on stage."

Outside the world of comedy, acting, and writing, Monty enjoys photography and extreme outdoor activities like snowboarding, scuba diving, and skydiving. He also travels frequently, and has adventured through Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Jamaica, France, and Russia, to name a few. While he doesn't have any future trips planned, he intends to make his way to Spain and India soon, and hopefully travel throughout South America and Africa.

One day, Monty would like to temporarily live in another country while writing, but will always have L.A. as his home base. As we were wrapping up the interview, Monty and I talked about where he sees his career heading in the coming years. His ideal plan is to sell his TV show, On Hiatus, shoot another movie, and go on a stand up comedy tour. You can follow Monty's journey on his Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube channel.

"If your intention is to make yourself laugh, everyone gets a lot more comfortable. They see that you’re having fun on stage."

Outside the world of comedy, acting, and writing, Monty enjoys photography and extreme outdoor activities like snowboarding, scuba diving, and skydiving. He also travels frequently, and has adventured through Thailand, China, Cambodia, Japan, Jamaica, France, and Russia, to name a few. While he doesn't have any future trips planned, he intends to make his way to Spain and India soon, and hopefully travel throughout South America and Africa.

One day, Monty would like to temporarily live in another country while writing, but will always have L.A. as his home base. As we were wrapping up the interview, Monty and I talked about where he sees his career heading in the coming years. His ideal plan is to sell his TV show, On Hiatus, shoot another movie, and go on a stand up comedy tour. You can follow Monty's journey on his Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube channel.

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