” I’m saying, “Hey, this is the way it is, but I’m clearly wrong.” It’s more like the joke is on a little bit, ‘cause I’m overly confident. It’s so sort of sterile, and you say something where…like, you really want to be sarcastic, and it just doesn’t travel well over texting. So much is lost without the tone of the human voice. So how would you describe your comedy to someone who isn’t familiar with it?
BE: You also talk about the whole texting and E-mail confusion, with the Sarcastica font. For instance, I’ve seen you described as a slightly less stoned Mitch Hedberg, and I can buy that.
I’m guessing, but I think they were a couple, and one guy was cracking up, and so I was, like, 'Okay, cool, they’re not mad,' but then the other guy didn’t look overly amused. It piques the crowd’s interest a little bit extra, I think, ‘cause people love it when they’re part of the joke. And if it’s an actual when I would go to London twice a year to work, because I was on a real tight budget.
Well, actually, there was one time when one guy wasn’t laughing. Not only that, but because it’s a festival, there are sometimes lots of other comedians, and after the solitary experience of the road, it’s nice to have a lot of friends around.
I don’t do it as a rule, because I don’t actually try to have any rules, because then you become formulaic, but it is nice sometimes to open up with something local.
Maybe there were patches up in the hills, but it was basically smooth sailing. You kicked it off by riffing on the whole “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and “Twin Cities” stuff in Minneapolis.
AB: Oh, man, I guess I did, then, ‘cause there was not a of snow. BE: Well, they sent me a copy of your stand-up special, which I thought was pretty funny, but I was wondering about something.
: "So far, I haven’t gotten yelled at or anything, and I’ve definitely done the gay-marriage joke in front of gay people, and they were laughing. () Obviously, it isn’t always wine and roses, but what’s an occasion when you’ve been on the road and you’ve just been, like, “Wow, this is awesome”? I think festivals are the coolest, because you get to do your job like any other time, but sometimes the crowds are extra excited just because it’s a festival.
Are you somebody who regularly does your research so you can tailor at least a little bit of your act to local stuff? BE: You talk a lot about life on the road during the special, discussing drinking Guinness and other tortures in the life of a traveling comedian.