The Texas capital city has something of a reputation as a festival town — music festivals, film festivals, but more recently, comedy as well.
The Moontower Just For Laughs comedy festival has actually been around for over a decade now. It brings in some big names to the Lone Star State, including Seth Meyers, Leslie Jones, Samantha Bee and many others.
But it’s a homecoming for some, including Devon Walker, who is one of the newest cast members on “Saturday Night Live.” Devon Walker actually grew up in the Austin area and he joined the Standard to talk about his career and what he’s looking forward to at the festival. Listen to the interview above or read the transcript below.
This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity:
Texas Standard: We’ve watched you on the TV quite a bit. It’s been a couple of months since that clip from SNL’s “Weekend Update,” so I feel like I got to ask you what Michael Che did: How are you liking New York?
Devon Walker: I mean, you know, I have a complicated relationship with New York, but I’m very grateful for it. You know, like you said, I mean, I grew up in Texas – I grew up in Pflugerville. And so New York is kind of a constant reminder of, like, I know that life could be so much easier because I grew up in Texas – I know that life could be so much more laid back. And New York is, like, it truly never stops. So that’s definitely been an adjustment. I’ve been there for, shoot, almost five years now. But yeah, it’s been a big transition.
So do you see your cast members sort of still thinking of you as the Texan or not so much anymore?
I think they think of me as a Texan, but only because I insist on being thought of that way. You know what I’m saying? Like, it’s really interesting because I grew up here in Texas, obviously, and there’s a big Texas pride that like I didn’t necessarily feel. I think I always used to kind of be like, ‘why is everybody going up about Texas all the time?’ And truly, the moment that I left, being from Texas became my whole personality. And I bought a little chain with a little Texas pendant on it. I really insist on letting people know that… any time anything about Texas comes up, I make a point to be like ‘He’s from Texas. Oh, that actually started in Texas. Oh, that guy’s, he’s actually from Dallas.’ So it’s become you know, I kind of have insisted on becoming known that way.