On The Record
by Danielle Mastropiero
Nov 06, 2008 | 29260 views | 0 0 comments | 3442 3442 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adam David Wilson doesn’t care what you think about his Mickey Mouse bed sheets.

Or about the velvet Elvis above his bed and kitchen full of Spaghetti-Os. He especially doesn’t care what you think about the fact that he wears tighty-whiteys (two women have boycotted him for this).

But when all is said and done, Wilson’s steadfast hokey-ness is all part of the unique charm the Greenwood Heights resident brings to a room, particularly the stages he lights up alternately with stand-up comedy, improv and music.

The 28-year-old credits his staunch appreciation for Americana, as well as his comedy chops, to his upbringing in Northeastern Louisiana.

“As far as comedy, I’ve been blessed to live in four trailers and have a dysfunctional family and have eaten raccoon,” says Wilson.

But Larry the Cable Guy Wilson he is not. Although his comedy is a celebration of his culture, his stage persona does not pigeonhole him as a blue collar oaf thanks to a sublime mesh of keen universality and intelligent electricity.

“I come from a place that’s very conservative so I identify myself as conservative, but I identify myself as the ‘I’ve-read-Plato conservative’ and not the ‘they-took-our-jobs conservative,’” he explains.

The Cajun transplant also refuses to limit himself to a single discipline. Wilson is self-taught at the ukelele, guitar and harmonica and performs on all of these at open mics across the city.

He incorporates his other burning passion, sports, into his day job as a statistician for Major League Baseball, in addition to writing columns about college sports.

Although some would raise an eyebrow at Wilson’s frenetic zeal, he thrives from it.

In high school, a theater teacher gave him the best advice he’d ever heard.

“This teacher told me: Don’t you do one thing, you need to do like 40 things. Don’t try to be the greatest actor or comedian or musician, do all of those things,” said Wilson.

“I’ll live and die by that lack of focus."
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