Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got involved in Pokémon events?

Well, I love to laugh and have fun with good friends. Sometimes we’ll watch movies or go down to the beach to find clams. I’m a big reader, too!

Now, as for Pokémon, I jumped on board the S.S. Pikachu back in 2009. I was working as a stand-up comedian then, and while it was a great job, it just wasn’t making me happy. Along came an opportunity to host Pokémon events and I don’t think I’ve ever loved doing anything more.

2012 Pokémon World Championships

What is it about the Pokémon community that brings you back year after year?

It’s the feeling of family. My family lives pretty far away and sometimes I get a little homesick. But after a while, I found that the Pokémon community was a kind of family, too. Sure, we’re a little bit goofier, and I’m not sure my real siblings could name all the first-generation Pokémon without a Pokédex in front of them. But the fact is, the Pokémon community accepts and embraces you right away for who you are. I haven’t ever found that anywhere else.

You started with Pokémon video game announcing, but you’ve also done the Pokémon TCG World Championships Finals for a few years now. How has your Pokémon TCG knowledge progressed over the years?

I’m still a little new to Pokémon TCG, but I made my own deck a couple of months ago from all of the cards I had laying around, and me and my friends spent multiple weekends sorting and battling it out. I came up with an Electivire/Ninjask deck that motors through Lightning Energy, while healing my team in little increments. It uses all my favorite Pokémon, especially Shedinja. And while I know I could never win against one of our Pokémon TCG players, I like it!

Do you play Pokémon video games? If so, which ones did you like most recently?

Yes! I’m a big fan of everything Pokémon. My first Pokémon game was Pokémon Crystal, and I’m still a little ashamed that I named my first Suicune “Sui.”  It took me days—days—to catch, and that’s the name I chose? Ugh. So unoriginal. Most recently, I’m loving Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. My Black City is an absolute metropolis! 

What have you been up to this year?

Well, this year I’ve been doing a lot of writing. I love writing musicals and stage plays, so that’s occupied most of my time. I’m also going to school at Evergreen State College, so I keep pretty busy.  School is cool!

What do you like most about doing Pokémon events?

Oh, it’s the players. That’s a no-brainer. For some reason, Pokémon attracts the nicest, kindest kind of people you could ever want to meet. Everyone’s awesome! And to get to hang out with awesome people one weekend after another... It’s the best.

Which Pokémon do you think acts or looks most like you?

So, I’d like to say some really rough-and-tumble Pokémon that’s super strong and shoots fire, but I think we all know that’s not true. I’d have to say I’m probably most like a Furret, darting here and there and always getting into some sort of trouble. Also, I’ve been known to grow some exceptional whiskers.

What do you like most about Waikoloa?

The beach!!! Next question, please!

The Finals were intense last year. Do you expect them to be as intense or even more so this year?

I’m going to say even more so. One thing that the World Championships does year after year is raise the bar for competitive play. I have no doubt that what we’ll see this year will be better, riskier, and more intense than anything we’ve seen before on a Pokémon stage.

What are you most excited about in what you’ve heard about Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2?

Uhhh, everything? Are you kidding? I was waiting for Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 right after I started planting Berries in my Dream House. I’m definitely excited for Pokémon Dream Radar, though. More Augmented Reality and Pokémon? Yes, please!

Anything else you’d like to say to all the competitors and Pokémon fans at Worlds?

You bet. Here’s the thing, Trainers. I know you’ve heard it from a billion different people, but you really, really can do anything that you set your mind to. Anything at all. No matter what obstacles you find in your path, there’s always a way around them. And that’s not just for winning a World Championship or catching all the Pokémon in Unova. Work hard, plan, and stay positive. Anything is possible, even being a Pokémon World Champion!

Thanks for your time, Nick!