By Linda Sickler/SMN
Comedian Bengt “The G is silent” Washburn says fame can be fleeting in the stand-up comedy business.
While Washburn has been seen on “Conan,” “Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and is heard daily on SiriusXM Radio, he says comedy can be a tough career.
“It’s a fame-driven business, but that’s short-lived now,” Washburn says. “Nowadays especially. They cycle through people so fast.”
Washburn took the long way to a comedy career.
“I grew up Mormon in a tiny town in Utah, but I’m not Mormon now,” he says. “I was a missionary in Seattle, Wash.
“Back then, we had to go door-to-door. It was a Spanish-speaking mission, so I tried to learn Spanish, but I didn’t do very good job.”
Later, Washburn earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art at Indiana University.
“That didn’t turn into money,” he says. “I couldn‘t get a job.”
In high school, Washburn had tried stand-up just for fun at an assembly,