Q&A: Sandy Goddard, Local Comic Who Will Play Side Splitters Comedy Club's Bad Santa

What especially qualifies you to be Bad Santa?

I believe being a bad dad has prepared me for this opportunity. My children were the testing ground for this role. I knew once my kids detested me I was ready!

Does he talk different than Sandy Goddard, comic?

No, he is much the same person. Bad Santa is just filthy! Bad Santa will say what he wants, when he wants!

Is this more than a photo op?

Hell yes it is! This show is a tradition that began in the Tampa Side Splitters by Pretty Paul Parsons, and he sells out every year. I have wanted to be Bad Santa here at Side Splitters ever since they started doing it, And now I have the ball and it's time to put up or shut up

How old are your kids these days?

My girls are 12 and 5... or 11 and 6... hell, I'm not sure!

Are they horrified, enthused, or indifferent about you being Bad Santa?

They have not moved out yet is all I know. The smaller child seems to get excited about it, but she also gets excited about changing the trash bag. My older daughter is in the stage where everything I do is stupid, and she is usually correct.

Will the whole spiel be Christmas themed?

I cannot speak for the other comics who will be Bad Santa's elves, but I am going with what got me here. I will sprinkle some Christmas cheer into it, though.

Does it have any relationship to Dirty Santa and those lingerie gift exchanges?

Well let me just say if any of the ladies want to throw their lingerie on stage, I can't stop them. And if they request it, I will give them my tighty whities in return.

Do you still have a day job, now that you have toured and won some comedy competitions?

I do keep a day job. I work in the family business, which is nice because I can leave pretty much when I want, and for as long as I need. My dad is the owner and he is one of my biggest supporters.

Does the job impact your stand-up routine?

It helps it. Not only am I able to keep a steady income, I also get to try out new jokes to the people I work with. Even when they don't want to listen, all I have to say is, "I am telling dad!" and they perk right up.

What's the hardest part of being funny?

In general, stage presence. You can have the best jokes ever written, but if the crowd does not like you, you might as well be punching puppies up there.

What's changed most about your comedy since you won Knoxville's wild card into the World Series of Comedy as a rookie in 2010?

The amount of hair on my head and how much I weigh. You are always evolving and trying new material. Right now I only have two chunks of jokes that I have used for more than five years—everything else has changed or has been thrown out.

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