Q: How do you like working the Cascade Room in PS as opposed to performing in Las Vegas?
JT: I love living in Palm Springs so much. It's one of the most beautiful places on Earth.The spectacular mountains.The weather. The people. To be able to work and have a life here is perfect.
Q: Someone asked, "Do you think he'd go back to Broadway?" How about it? For the right role?
JT: Right now I am completely fulfilled doing my own show.I like the total creative control and the give-and-take I get with my audiences. I wouldn't want to do anything other than what I'm doing right now and in the venue I'm doing it.
Q: You bring the audience such joy when you perform. Is this your greatest high? If not, what is?
JT: I love crack actually (Kidding).I must admit performing in front of a live audience is right up there. Although I also love being close to nature. I enjoy hiking those mountains I mentioned earlier, and I really get a lift from animals and their honest energy.
Q: Who are your singing idols?
JT: I love Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett. I'm also a huge fan of Boz Scaggs, Bon Jovi and Barry Manilow, not only as a singer but also as a songwriter and arranger.
Q: And your acting idols?
JT: Danny Kaye, Jim Carrey, and Kevin Spacey are all amazing.
Q: Which contemporary ones are appealing to you? How do you really feel about Justin Timberlake?
JT: I think Justin Timberlake is incredibly talented. I also love Usher and Gnarls Barkley.
Q: Is it nice to be away from LA, or would you bring the show back here sometime?
JT: Palm Springs is so laid back and has a comfortable, small-town feeling. You get very spoiled here.
Q: What is your mission as a performer?
JT: To put the audience in a great mood. It's that simple.
Q: Any TV offers?
JT: I'm not really pursuing any other opportunities. I love where I am right now. But I'm planning on living to 114, so I have a few more years to create new things.
Like George Burns, Trachta envisions a long life. I do as well. In 2o years time, Jeff Trachta Live! will still undoubtedly be one of the world's funniest & most popular night club shows.