Name: Sam Stevens
Age (Current): 75 (Elder)
Traits: Gregarious, Goofball, Good, Outgoing
Aspiration: Joke Star
Spouse: Laura Stevens
Children: Darcy Stevens, Elliot Stevens, Jonah Stevens
History: Sam was too young to remember when he and his parents moved from Willow Creek to Newcrest, so for him, the town has always been like home. They’d moved there to be closer to his grandfather, who was having a difficult time since his wife’s passing. Some of Sam’s first memories are those lazy summer afternoons he used to spend sitting with his grandfather on the front porch, listening to all of his old stories and silly jokes.
Sam and his grandfather were thick as thieves for years, until the old man’s passing just a few months after Sam’s 14th birthday. The boy was absolutely devastated, and fell into a deep depression, worrying his two best friends, Noah and Lucas, immensely.
But then, late one night, when Sam couldn’t sleep, he went downstairs to get a glass of water. As he passed through the living room, he felt a curious chill go through him – but it wasn’t frightening. It was comforting, somehow. The boy had stopped dead in his tracks, looking around in confusion. Then he heard it – very quiet, like a whisper – it sounded like his grandfather. It’s going to be okay, Sammy. It seemed to say. Keep ‘em laughing. For me… Then, the feeling was gone.
Sam was never quite sure what had happened – Was it a dream? A hallucination? Or something else? He didn’t know what to believe. But whatever the case, he never forgot what happened that night, and it was then that he decided exactly what he wanted to do with his life…
Sam lives in a shabby little rental house with his beautiful girlfriend, Laura. Things have not always been easy for them, but Sam has never felt happier. He spends most nights and weekends booking tiny standup gigs around Newcrest and the surrounding towns, praying for the day he finally gets his big break.