On his new full length comedy album, In Ruins, Eddie Pepitone lives up to his Bitter Buddha reputation with passionate diatribes on everything from the cost of war to his ongoing existential crisis. Like a well-caffeinated sidewalk preacher, Pepitone delivers his sermon with an improvisational flow that can only come from a seasoned mind full of too many competing ideas. He is a true comic philosopher, willing to hold himself up to the evils and tragedy that he sees in the world. I talked to Pepitone about his search for spirituality, the little joys in life and what he would like to see more of in standup comedy.
On today's episode of the podcast The Long Shot, comedian Eddie Pepitone announced he's leaving the show. Started in early 2010, The Long Shot has been hosted by Sean Conroy, Amber Kenny, Jamie Flam, and Pepitone for its entire run, but he's departing to start his own show. "I've wanted to do my own podcast for a while," Pepitone, who was recently the subject of the critically-acclaimed documentary The Bitter Buddha, explained. "I really have loved doing this podcast … But I feel like I just want to dedicate myself to doing my own thing." His new podcast will, like The Long Shot, be a part of [...]
"I think stand ups who have something to say are interesting … The lineage of Lenny Bruce to George Carlin to Richard Pryor to Bill Hicks. Not Jerry Seinfeld, let me put it that way. He talks about why pizza is stuffed with cheese in the crust. I’m not saying that doesn’t have its place, but with all due respect, it’s quite superficial. But a lot of people like that milquetoast stuff."
– Eddie Pepitone (The Bitter Buddha, WTF with Marc Maron) to IFC on the comedians that do and do not inspire him.
Last year, comedian Eddie Pepitone (WTF with Marc Maron, Conan) was the subject of a really funny and sweet documentary called The Bitter Buddha. Starting this month, the movie will get a limited theatrical run in big cities across the country. Directed by Steven Feinartz, The Bitter Buddha features cameos from Pepitone's comedian friends like Marc Maron, Scott Aukerman, Sarah Silverman, and tons more, and offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the funniest comedians going. Click on over to the movie's Facebook page for a list of screenings if you're interested in watching a movie that captures Eddie Pepitone getting a parking ticket, feeding squirrels [...]
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn't get, and the projects that fell apart altogether.
This week, I interviewed Eddie Pepitone, a much-loved stand-up comedian who's been performing for decades but has only recently seen his star starting to rise in the entertainment industry — an industry that he's awfully fond of lambasting in his act. A regular on Conan (where he plays a heckler), The Sarah Silverman Program (where he played a cook named "Eddie Pepitone"), and Marc [...]