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Joe DeRosa and the Importance of Setting Goals

You may know Joe DeRosa from his standup career, appearances on The Opie & Anthony Show, acting on Better Call Saul and Louie, or as a writer on The Pete Holmes Show. His own podcast Down With Joe DeRosa explores broad topics with comedian guests. His recent episodes with fellow podcaster Kurt Braunohler are entitled "Emotional Hangs" where the two men speak about the feelings surrounding their growing friendship.

His comedic personality translates into material that is darkly honest and introduces the audience to everything he hates. Nevertheless he is kind and professional to every fan, fellow performer and worker at the club.

I spoke with Joe between shows [...]

On Set with Marc Maron

Most of the interviews I do for this site involve me wearing my pajamas, because most of them are done over the phone. Every once in a while, however, I put on real clothes and get to meet the awesome people I’m talking to in person. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t a little nervous when I rolled up to the quaint little LA home of Marc Maron or at least the house he calls “home” on his show.

I wasn’t nervous because he’s a famous comedian. I’ve talked to lots of famous people (guess what, they’re just like us!), but I think I was nervous because [...]

Translating Travel to the Stage with Bert Kreischer

You may know Bert Kreischer as a famous party animal who gained notoriety in a late '90s Rolling Stone article. Now it's nearly twenty years later and this comedian has a wife and two kids, a book detailing his party lifestyle, a successful podcast and standup career. He is the host of Trip Flip, a television show where he finds random people on the street and surprising them with a free trip full of adrenaline-filled adventure.

I recently spoke with Bert about finding comedy in fear, storytelling without bragging and using his podcast to make new friends.

Are you achieving your comedy goals?

Jesus Christ, you have no idea [...]

Diving Into Late Night Head-First with Saurin Choksi

As a kid growing up in Texas, Saurin Choksi always loved comedy. After graduating college and moving to Detroit to take a job working for Ford, Choksi decided to do something about that love: he started taking classes at Second City. He worked his way up the improv school's chain before making a shift to standup. “Standup felt like a better fit for me.” Choksi later moved to Chicago and spent six years carving out a spot as a successful player in the Windy City's comedy scene. Over the last few years, he has performed at numerous festivals including SF Sketchfest, The Onion's 26th Annual Comedy Fest, Funny or Die's [...]

Inside 'Misery Loves Comedy' with Kevin Pollak

"Do you have to be miserable to be funny?" That's the question that comedian, actor, and podcast host Kevin Pollak sets out to explore with over 60 comics in a new documentary called Misery Loves Comedy, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last night and has already topped the iTunes charts since its VOD release last week. I recently spoke with Pollak about his first experience as a filmmaker, how to make a comedy documentary that's both serious and funny, and how he's learned to get great interviews from his fellow comedians.

On the Rise with Lauren Lapkus

A force in the Chicago improv community, Lauren Lapkus moved to Los Angeles a little over five years ago to make a name for herself. And boy has she. From sitcoms, to guest appearances on some of the funniest comedy shows, to her own popular podcast and role in the upcoming Jurassic World, this woman knows how to work it. A fantastic improviser, her characters and dedication to the craft have proven to be the right recipe to make it in this town. I talked to Lapkus about her upcoming projects, what she’s learned along the way, and how she’s juggling it all.

Your podcast With Special Guest Lauren [...]

Inside 'The Nightly Show' with Head Writer Robin Thede

Since premiering on Comedy Central back in January, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore has consistently tackled topics few late night talk shows would dare touch. Some of the 56 episodes that have aired so far include "Allegations Against Bill Cosby," "Islamophobia in America," "Slut-Shaming," and "Baltimore Unrest & The Origins of Racism," and while not every episode has delivered the perfectly timed social commentary of his recent Baltimore coverage, Larry Wilmore — who previously served as The Daily Show's Senior Black Correspondent — is quickly becoming the late night voice of underdogs everywhere. This is partly thanks to head writer Robin Thede, a Second City/iO alum [...]

Finding the Balance with Nate Bargatze

12 years into his comedy career, Nate Bargatze has found himself at a crossroads. He's been on The Tonight Show, Conan and WTF with Marc Maron. He's performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW and the Montreal Comedy Festival. This Saturday night, his new one-hour special, Full Time Magic, premieres on Comedy Central. But where will he go from here? As Bargatze puts it, “You get into comedy because you don't want anyone telling you what to do and then after you're in it for a while, you're like, 'God, I wish someone would tell me what to do.'”

Bargatze took a break from his busy schedule in L.A. to talk about the [...]

How Tom Green Uses the Internet to Find His Audience

Like the entire crew of Jackass shoved into a suit and a late-night show format, Tom Green has zero problem taking people into weird, disgusting, and uncomfortable territory. From public access to MTV to the ill-fated Freddy Got Fingered, Green has stuck to his own brand of Canadian lunacy for two decades.

It’s this writer’s opinion that Green was ahead of his time, and continues to be in a small respect. And having seen him recently, I can tell you with absolute confidence that he puts on one hell of a show.

I recently spoke to Green via phone about his latest efforts with touring as a standup and his [...]

Tommy Wiseau Discusses Americans, Chickens, and Questions He Hates

Tommy Wiseau and his cult-classic film The Room are two of the greatest mysteries of the entertainment industry. Since its release in 2003, traditions have formed around midnight screenings of The Room that are similar to those that surround The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Most notably, at each viewing, fans come dressed as their favorite character, bring along with them an arsenal of shoutouts, and engage in various act-outs such as throwing spoons at the screen. Wiseau and his origins are the subject of great debate, to such an extent that co-star Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell teamed up in 2013 to publish the widely acclaimed book [...]

Talking 'Pitch Perfect 2' and How Friendships Change with Kay Cannon

Kay Cannon is an entertainment triple threat: writer, producer and actor.

Let us review: she began her comedy career in Chicago at the training grounds of The Second City, ImprovOlympic, and ComedySportz. She was personally chosen by Tina Fey to write for 30 Rock which gained her Emmy and Peabody awards. She wrote the screenplay for the a capella comedy Pitch Perfect and recently wrote and co-produced the anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 2. An actor in her own right guest starring on 30 Rock, New Girl and Cristela, she also performs at the UCB Theatre in the improv show "Brand New Ball."

I spoke with Kay about relating to the [...]

Pryor, Rickles, and Mason: Doing Comedy as the Daughters of Legends

My father is an electrocardio physiologist. I did not follow in his footsteps, and nobody has ever come up to me after a show and said, "You were good, but I really love what your father has done for electrocardio physiology." But what if my father were, say, Richard Pryor? Or Don Rickles? Or Jackie Mason? For the children of legendary comedians, every humorous sentiment offered is considered in the context of their parent's work. To find out what it's like to deal with the substantial burden of entering the same field as a famous parent, I spoke with Rain Pryor, Mindy Rickles, and Sheba Mason, who are joining forces this Saturday in in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania [...]

Bathroom Emergencies and the Human Condition with Doug Mand

Doug Mand is a successful TV writer (The Comedians, How I Met Your Mother, NTSF:SD:SUV::). But he's also the host of Doodie Calls, a podcast where comedians, which have included past guests Lauren Lapkus, Bob Saget, and Jon Daly, confess their embarrassing bathroom stories. The through line connecting these two roles is a lifelong struggle with anxiety that both directly inspires and hinders his creativity. With Doodie Calls celebrating its 100th episode at UCB Franklin on April 29th, I talked to Doug about how anxiety affects the writing process, pooping's connection with the human condition, and how love is strengthened during life's most embarrassing moments.

Your podcast Doodie Calls is centered on comedians telling their most embarrassing [...]

Inside the Internet Outrage Machine with Jim Norton

After 2012's Please Be Offended and 2013's American Degenerate, standup Jim Norton returns to television tonight with his third Epix special Contextually Inadequate. Filmed at Boston's Somerville Theatre in January, the special dives deep into recent pop culture scandals and their internet backlash aftermaths, covering everything from the demise of Bill Cosby and Donald Sterling to his own personal experience after the firing of his friend and Opie and Anthony Show cohost Anthony Cumia last July. Ahead of Contextually Adequate's premiere, Norton spoke with us about hosting his own show on Vice, the difference between online criticism and outrage, and what projects he has planned for the year ahead.