Add Justin Golak to the growing list of clever minds in the local comedy scene. Every month, he hosts "What's Up Columbus," a late-night talk show at Kafe Kerouac that features a monologue, sketches, special guests and live music. (Check out the next installment at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.)

Add Justin Golak to the growing list of clever minds in the local comedy scene. Every month, he hosts "What's Up Columbus," a late-night talk show at Kafe Kerouac that features a monologue, sketches, special guests and live music. (Check out the next installment at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.)

Golak met me at the North Campus chill spot to discuss his budding comedy career.

First time you wanted to be a comedian: I remember I wrote it down in fifth grade as what I wanted to be when I grew up. She probably regrets it now, but it was my mom who said it. I said, "There's no jobs where you can just make someone laugh for a living." She's like, "Well, you know, if you were a stand-up comic " I said, "Yes. That's what I want to be, then."

Last joke you wrote: It was about getting towed. I was doing some time before an improv show at Wild Goose, and I had gotten towed for the second time for street-sweeping since I moved to my new place a week before. People like to see you get mad about stuff.

First time you ever went on stage: It was actually at the Scarlet & Grey Cafe, right across the street, just at their Tuesday night open mic. It went relatively well. I think that if it didn't, I probably would've never done it again. I don't like to do stuff that's not relatively easy the first time I try it.

Last time you laughed out loud: I laughed at Monday Night Live yesterday. That's another fortunate thing: Our scene is good, so I laugh a lot at shows. Which is good, because you have to go to a lot of them.

First feature gig you ever did : I went up to this room at Bowling Green. It's called Grumpy Dave's. I went up there with this guy who used to be from Columbus. He brought like four or five people. Everyone did like 15 minutes for some tour he was doing. It's normally a room booked by this guy Steve Sabo. He books feature and headline shows all around the Ohio-Michigan area. He just happened to be there, because he lives in Toledo. He saw me, and he got my info.

Last person you interviewed on your show: It was Rachel Mousie. She's a musician. I actually saw her here at a poetry night. It was just her on keyboard, and she was really good.