If you want to fan the flames of your excitement boner/lady boner for tonight's premiere of Sports Show With Norm MacDonald on Comedy Central, then go read the entirety of the Norm MacDonald A.V. Club interview. Everything he says is a dark gem. Rather than discuss his new gig, MacDonald instead explains why stand-ups can't act, insults Jerry Seinfeld and reveals the exquisite pleasure of completely bombing. "I guess what I find funny is that when I’m bombing, I start smirking; then they fucking hate me. Because they think I’m making fun of them or something. But the reality of it makes me laugh," Norm muses. "If I’m [...]
I had the chance to chat with Mike DeStefano recently and was shocked and saddened to hear the news of his sudden death. He was very driven and talented and though his humor was rather dark, he was always warm. This particular interview took place on the stoop of the Comedy Cellar. DeStefano was chain-smoking and downing espresso shots, throughout. His sobriety inspired and helped many of his beloved fans and other fellow comics.
Tell me about your earliest memories of doing stand-up.
I began doing standup in '98 in Florida at The Comedy Corner. I happened to be living in Florida at the time, but I [...]
Aziz Ansari has a lot going on this week: Parks and Recreation comes back for its critically acclaimed third season tonight, he's doing reshoots for his first major movie role, and this Saturday, he comes to New York to play Carnegie Hall. Not a bad trio of things to be working on, especially when you're only 27.
I talked to him about all of these projects as well as the scripts he's working on for Judd Apatow, the free trip he got to Tokyo just by asking on Twitter, the future of Human Giant, and why he really didn't want to invite his parents to Carnegie Hall.
Mike Birbiglia is one of the best storytelling comedians around. He recently turned a successful run of his one-man show Sleepwalk With Me into an excellent book of the same name (you can read an excerpt from it here). He was nice enough to talk to me about the book, some of the weirder experiences he's had on the road and advice he'd give to comics just starting out.
Michael Ian Black is a founding member of The State, a comedy troupe that produced the last intentionally funny programming ever seen on MTV. As the pitchman for products like Pets.com ad Sierra Mist, Michael Ian Black's whimsical commercials gave people a reason to pause their DVRs while zipping past ads.
Point being: Michael Ian Black is a performer. He has played a junkie, a pimptacular lover of pudding, a gay demon–trying to list all the memorable roles he's created would fill lots of space and IMDB does it better, anyway. But he didn't start doing stand-up until fairly recently.
I asked Michael Ian Black if he [...]