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Comedian to Comedian | Interview with Ali Farahnakian

Categories: Comedians
Posted: October 24, 2013

Ali Farahnakian founded The PIT in New York City, has written for Saturday Night Live and is also an actor.
Ted Greenberg: Of all the characters you’ve played, what’s your favorite?
Ali Farahnakian: Playing T.B. on Adult Swim’s “Delocated” was a lot of fun, I got to work with my friend Jon Glaser, it was his show and he put me in it, I got to be around a great cast and crew like Janeane Garafolo, Marc Wooten, Amy Shumer, Eugene Mirman, to name drop a few. I got to be a Blackwater Bodyguard carrying multiple guns. When I was a kid I lived in a small town, Danbury,NC,population 150, and we ran around the woods with fake guns playing army. In one scene I was running around the woods with fake guns playing, and I thought, I did it!
TG: Your bar, The Pioneer, seems to be always hopping. What’s the wildest idea you’ve ever had as a bar add-on?

Pioneers on 138 w 29th is the first bar on 29 b/t 6th and 7th in the 400+ year history of NY, so we feel like Pioneers, we have tried a lot of things, Giant Jenga, we have Pinball now, and someone is trying to pitch body painting, we also do two nights of karoke. One of the coolest things that happens there is ASL story telling, once a month on a friday night the space is filled with the deaf community telling each other stories in their own way.
TG: How old are your daughters? And of all the jokes or bits you’ve done, what’s the favorite of your daughters?
AF: Ella is 7 and Oliva is 5, one of their favorite games to play with me is “the Tap Tap Sisters”, It happens at dinner, I take a piece of food, like broccoli and I say in a real old timey voice, “After a long day of work, I really enjoy a piece of well cooked Broccoli” then one of the sisters taps me on the shoulder, I turn my head to see whate she wants and the other one takes the broccoli off my fork and eats it. I usually say something like, ” Why you Tap Tap Sisters, You’ve struck again” It’s got a real silent movie feel, and they love it, they want to do it way longer than anyone should, but they eat a lot of healthy broccoli.
TG: Anything else you’d like to say?
AF: I feel very blessed that I get to the things i love doing, I prefer a buffet to an entree, so I like the life i’ve somehow created through luck and some hard work where I get to teach improv and sketch, do some improv and sketch, act in cool shows, do some voiceover and commercial work, oversee these various going concerns, do some architechture and design, and help people follow their bliss and fulfill the promise within them. I try to enjoy it while I can, because nothing lasts forever.

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My Favorite Interview This Week

Categories: Comedians,Comedy Shows,Latest News
Posted: April 11, 2013

Marc Maron is one of the most influential names in comedy. His WTF Podcast is nothing short of amazing. Take a listen and you’ll know what I mean. In less than a month, he has a new show — Maron — premiering on IFC. The trailer is already up.
Marc Maron
As excited as I am to check out his show, which follows in a long line of comedian-created show (Think Louis C.K.), I absolutely loved that biting interview Michael Ian Black conducted with Maron for Gothamist. You can read or listen to the interview here. Since Ian Black and Maron had just taken to Twitter to continue their tense exchanges, the interview has an authentic feel that most in a TV press junket lack.
The interview is so deliciously uneasy, I hope there is a round two or that Michael Ian Black appears on an episode of Maron, which is based on Marc Maron’s life and podcast. That would be genius. IFC, please take note.

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Interview: Eric André

Categories: Comedians
Posted: June 8, 2012

Eric Andre
 Eric André, one of my favorite comedians, is on fire. He’s been featured on seven episodes of the ABC comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.” And today, “The Eric Andre Show” is part of a terrific feature article by Jason Zinoman of the New York Times. Rightfully so. The show, part of Comedy Central’s “Adult Swim”, is outrageous, entertaining and envy inducing.
I’m proud that Eric is the first, in hopefully a long line, of comedian interviews I do. Here, Eric muses on De Niro movies, ex-girlfriends and his hair.
Ted Greenberg: What’s your favorite Robert De Niro movie?
Eric André: Raging Bull, by far. The best. OH! And King of Comedy.
Ted Greenberg: Are you a fan of the Fred Willard, Martin Mull late 70s show “Fernwood Tonight”?
Eric André: I got turned on to Fernwood tonight by Tim from Tim and Eric. That shit is awesome. I love the aesthetic.
Ted Greenberg: Are you still in touch with the girl in Florida whose boyfriend threatened you by text?
Eric André: I never talked to her after that. I’m dead to her.
Here’s the clip where Eric discusses the ex and her belligerent boyfriend on “George Lopez Tonight”. The bit starts at the 2:37 mark.

Ted Greenberg: What’s your mom’s favorite joke/routine of yours?
Eric André: My mom will laugh at something, and then five minutes later tell me that she didn’t think it was funny. She’s unpredictable. One time she told me she wanted grandkids, and I told her “I’ll stop wearing condoms, if that’s what you want.” She laughed at that.

Ted Greenberg:
Is the West or East Coast easier on your hair?
Eric André: West coast. Nice and dry. East coast is humid, and I end up looking like one of the dude’s from Welcome Back, Kotter.

Ted Greenberg:
Anything else to share?
Eric André: I have no penis.

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