My name is DJ
and I am a stand-up comedian. I make a conscious effort
to not do on my hearing aid jokes. That would get old so quick
for me and for the audience. But I also don’t want to do
like a full hour without talking about my hearing aids
because then people would be like, “When is this guy going to mention
those things that we can now see?” If anything, they kind of give me
a unique point of view that many other comedians
and people in general don’t really have. So it’s kind of a cool gift
that I can really explore on stage. Laughter is the best sound
and I love hearing it more. That’s my favorite part of stand-up. There’s really no feeling,
really no sound like it. I take my hearing aid out
when I get a haircut like… I wear hearing aids, by the way.
I’m sure you saw them, right? If you didn’t, get your eyes checked! Hearing aids are kind of opposite of what
I would think, but smaller is the better, just from an aesthetic perspective. I’m excited about this new look
I’m going to have and I hope some of my friends see me
and they’re like, “Looking good, bro.” My hearing loss is very profound
in high frequencies. So I’m just going to vape here… No, not a Vape.
It’s a Roger Pen. I’m kind of the most thankful
when I do hear a high frequency, like if I’m out walking
and I actually hear a bird chirping or even when I hear the kettle whistle. These are the sounds
that I actually get excited about. I think being bold means
really thinking about what it is that you want to do and what
you’ll derive the most happiness from, and going in that direction
no matter what happens. I’m just a dude who happened
to wear hearing aids. I think I would’ve become a comedian
no matter what and just so happened to have this kind
of unique thing that colors my whole life. But I’ve kind of grown to love it. I couldn’t imagine life
without my hearing aids. It’s cool to be different.
I know that sounds so cheesy, but… I don’t know. Who wants to be the same
as everybody else?