Todd Picayune is on top of the world, and he’s not afraid to tell anyone who asks. He’s averaging $40 a week performing stand up comedy and Central New York is his oyster. “Things are going so great, I had to quit my second job seating people at Bennigans," Todd told us at a recent comedy open mic at the Goodwill loading dock. “Growing up in Cicero, I never thought I would get this far.” This weekend Todd is at The Laughy Lounge opening up for Rich Insignificanto who is opening for headliner Zane Piddling whose credits include performing on Schenectedy’s popular Public Access show, “What’s Up, Schenectedy?” Worldly beyond his 27 years, Todd is not resting on his laurels. “There’s a lot of pressure staying at the top of your game. That’s why I get in as many open mics as I can during the week. There’s hardly ever an audience but who needs an audience when you can hone your material in front of other comedians who have heard your jokes over and over again? They’re the experts when it comes to my act. If I’m off my game, they’re not going to be laughing reflexively like they usually do."
When asked if he’s ready to move on to bigger and better things, Todd ponders momentarily. “What, like Rochester? Maybe one day, but I can drive there in an hour and a half so right now I don’t see the point.” With that, Todd is off to hit the music open mic at The Egg Beat. "The audience is there to hear music, but what the fuck? Stage time is stage time, right?"
As Todd walks away, notebook in hand, who's to say tonight won't be the night he's discovered by one of the area's talent scouts. It's only a matter of time, and Todd has all the time in the world.