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Stand-up comic, writer, and actor, Scott Aukerman has an impressive resume that ranges from Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Sarah Silverman Program and Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, to penning scripts for Puss in Boots, Run Ronnie Run, and Tenacious D. His most groundbreaking current project, however, is Comedy Death-Ray Radio, which is derived from his weekly LA alternative comedy show (Comedy Death-Ray). Aukerman’s weekly podcast is recorded every Friday afternoon and features comedians, actors, and comedy characters engaging in round-table discussions which are sometimes on the verge of cringe-worthy, but always (objectively, because I’m right and you’re wrong) hilarious.
We got the chance to “sit down” with Mr. Aukerman and allow him to sprinkle some wisdom Parmesan on the Pizza Bagels of our minds.
SuperDPS: Why is Stand-Up Comedy important?
Scott Aukerman: You know, a few years back I wouldn’t have said it was, but a recent experience where I witnessed comedy actually helping people through a tough time made me realize comedy is just as “important” as drama. Or dramedies. Or “Arachnophobia,” the world’s first “thrill-omedy.” That said, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
What was your motivation to enter the world of comedy?
I thought I was funny but no one else did. So I had to prove it to the assholes!
Is there a specific moment that made you certain of your career path?
I think the first time I performed at the comedy store, and heard all the laughie-laughs I knew this is where I wanted to be.
(on what he’s learned from being in show business)
The usual– the difference between upstage, downstage, stages left and right.
(on what he’s learned from his wife)
Oddly enough, the exact same lessons!
What are your ultimate goals for what you want to bring to your audience through Comedy Death-Ray Radio?
I just want to keep going, doing it the way I want to do it, and hopefully people will come along with it. I’ve never really paid too much attention to other people’s suggestions or criticisms; so when you’re listening to it, you’re hearing exactly what I want to do at that particular time.
If you could communicate one urgent message to everyone via your show, what would it be?
That our current currency should be based upon a gold or silver reserve. The US dollar right now is just a piece of paper!
What advice would you give a young comedian just coming into the industry?
If you move to LA or NYC, don’t get too caught up in finding an agent or getting on a TV show. Just perform as much as you can and the rest will take care of itself. Also: Don’t move here! There aren’t enough jobs here for the both of us!