You’ve been doing what you describe as a “solo show” in New York called “Number One.” How does that differ from the stand-up you’ll do in D.C.?
It’s a show centered around one scene. It’s the story of me growing up as a bed wetter. I wrote it just because it was a challenge and because I’ve never been, when it comes to stand-up, so much of a straight setup-punch comedian. I’m much more long-form and long-winded.
Does it keep things more interesting to switch between stand-up and the solo show?
Certainly, but I’ve just never been a comedian who agrees with the concept that your set needs to be concrete — there needs to be an opener, a closer, a bit in the middle. I like changing the order. I find that your bit gets stronger when you change it up. You’re giving it exercise.
What are you exercising in D.C.?
The hour, which I hope to film later this year, is basically this: What is my point? You get up there for so many years and you’re just worried about being funny but at a certain point it’s like, yeah, OK, why am I trying to be funny though? What am I trying to make you laugh at?
I find the one thing that unites us as all as human beings is our flaw. You can’t hide from it, you can’t pretend like it’s not there. In many ways it’s the thing that drives us all to be better. Or it can bring us all down. It can destroy humanity; it can also save it. I like to celebrate the human flaw, so that is what my hour is about. It’s a lot of very personal stuff. I try to make the world a better place in one hour by exposing my own flaws.
You and co-host Jay Larson reportedly quit your drinking and travel show “Best Bars in America” after Season 2.
Sort of. We just had creative differences with the show and also it was a very hard thing to keep doing. Everyone loves drinking until it becomes your job. And I know someone will read that sentence and say, “S—,
give me that job.” Please, take it. It really is exhausting.
Did you have to detox after the second season?
I did not drink for 97 days after shooting ended. I just wanted to see how long I could go. It was hard because I was doing a lot of clubs. I drank every mocktail known to man. It was a good break and when it was over I was like, “OK, I’m ready to get back into it.” I will say, I indeed know my limitations now. My alcohol tolerance, it’s like a cheap wedding: beer and wine only.
You visited D.C. for the show. Is there anywhere you plan to go when you’re back?
D.C. is one of the most underrated cities in America, because everyone always associates D.C. with running the country, which duh, obviously. But every time I’ve been to D.C. I’ve had such a good time that I really can’t place where I ever was. I also might be biased because D.C. was the first city I can remember leaving New Orleans to visit.
For a school trip?
It was with the family and I was 17. Before that it had always been camping trips and the beach but never a major city, and D.C. was the first. So D.C. always feels bigger than it is to me just because my memory is like, wow! I can remember hanging out on the Potomac River, which at the time I called the “Pot-o-matic.” I knew that’s not how it was pronounced but man, was it funny.
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