The very funny Rory Scovel is set to release his second standup album next week. Called Rory Scovel Live at Third Man Records, it's a vinyl recording that's available for pre-order now. The standup set is being released by Jack White's label, Third Man Records, and it was recorded at the Third Man's performance space this spring. He's the third comedian (following Neil Hamburger and Reggie Watts) to record an album at Third Man and have it released on vinyl. Scovel's first album, Dilation, came out in 2011.
Though comics often make an audience feel as though they’re delivering their jokes for the first time, they're usually well-honed. But Rory Scovel often actually is making things up on the spot. Sure, the improv-heavy comic writes jokes, but every set looks completely different depending on the day. Whether it’s a new accent, character, or wacky form of crowd work, he is unique in his unpredictability and delivery. With a new album coming out and an upcoming TBS sitcom, I caught up with Scovel to discuss improv, acting, and listening to jazz vinyl on the couch.
I picture you as a really rambunctious child, what were you like as [...]
Comedians Jon Dore and Rory Scovel were responsible for one of the funniest late night appearances in recent memory on Conan last year when they claimed to have been double-booked and then performed two very different stand-up sets right next each other. Last night, they did Conan again, and the results are no less spectacular. You're gonna want to check this out.
You’re forgiven if you don’t know who stand-up comic Rory Scovel is, because it’s pretty hard to keep track. Sometimes he’s a German dude, sometimes he’s a down-on-his-luck former high school coach with three DUIs, sometimes he’s a confused Southern guy. You just never know.
Take note, however, because you’ll probably be seeing a lot more of him. Named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch 2012, the South Carolina native has been busy this year, appearing in a Nissan commercial, performing on Conan and other television programs, and headlining at some of the most prestigious comedy festivals, including last month’s Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.
Scovel’s appeal [...]