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December 26, 2023 60 mins

Joel McHale, an Italian born-American actor, comedian, television presenter, and Craig’s long time friend. He is best known for hosting The Soup and his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC sitcom Community. Take a break from the holiday festivities and listen to this engaging and funny chat between two buds. enJOY! 

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
My name is Craig Ferguson. The name of this podcast
is joy. I talked to interest in people about what
brings them happiness. Joel McHale is about as tall as
a person should be, and he's funny and he's my
friend here he is.

Speaker 2 (00:26):
What were you doing when you were eighteen?

Speaker 3 (00:28):

Speaker 1 (00:28):
Man, that's made me feel very nervous. Let's see eighteen,
I was in a what were you doing? You You
were sporty, so that was very sporty. That saved you
probably from the world of drugs.

Speaker 4 (00:39):
So we yeah, my brothers and I had already totaled
five cars and my dad was like, I'm going to
have a tick and he was like, I'm having a
tremor because of you guys.

Speaker 1 (00:49):
That make me so nervous.

Speaker 2 (00:51):
How come you total cars? I mean were you driving them?

Speaker 1 (00:53):
Stealing them? No?

Speaker 4 (00:55):
No, we just weren't great at It took us a while.
You know, it's like learn It is like learning a sport.
We just were very lucky we didn't get hurt. But
I think of you like you're.

Speaker 1 (01:07):
Kind of all American though, So when you were crashing
those cars, you were crashing them in a wholesome, reasonably wholesome.

Speaker 2 (01:12):
Oh very much. Yeah, I crashed them into like a Walmart. Yeah, and.

Speaker 1 (01:17):
Yeah I was very charitable and you were and you
were sober when you were crashing those cars. Yeah, oh yeah, definitely.
Though you know, there was people in my high school
who weren't so yeah, I was. I really enjoyed my
teenage years.

Speaker 4 (01:30):
Did you really like I loved play like I was
terrible at school, but I loved playing sports and I
loved it.

Speaker 1 (01:35):
Was like you were like a proper like football player,
like a tight end.

Speaker 2 (01:39):

Speaker 4 (01:40):
Well, I played one year in high school and then
I joined the team when I was a freshman in
college out of sort of a whim but as far
as like so, I had played a few years.

Speaker 1 (01:50):
But I played baseball and basketball. And see that's very
impressive and wholesome and good. That's why you're in such
great shape now because you got into it when you
were young. Oh no, this is desperation.

Speaker 4 (02:00):
Some of my friends who are way better athletes now,
they look like, you know, oh, like a swollen alien
that happens to you, Like guys, wait, like a blob. Now,
they're just like a blob with multiple you know, like the.

Speaker 1 (02:14):
Thing do you know that, But that could be great
shape for the thing I mean that species.

Speaker 2 (02:19):
Oh you're right, you know, I mean you're you're applying.

Speaker 4 (02:21):
It could have been a very lean, lean thing that
just devoured human being. It was only devouring protein. It
wasn't there wasn't any carbohydrates.

Speaker 2 (02:29):
It was on that diet.

Speaker 1 (02:30):
Was that diet again? The protein the keto diet Keto
with the Zatkins, Well you think is with those dice
because I've tried them all, the keto one in particular.
I think you pooped like once every couple of weeks.
It's does notice not enough for me?

Speaker 4 (02:42):
Well I say it and date it and David and
David analyzed no uh souf door Dodley.

Speaker 2 (02:48):
Used to do.

Speaker 1 (02:49):
He used to like in his diary every mom and
he would start talking about what his poop was, Like.

Speaker 4 (02:54):
What are you like the guy that one of the
greatest painters ever?

Speaker 1 (03:00):
Well, you feel like he was pretty he was okay, okay, yeah,
he was a great draftsman, but something of a of
a shulman. I think you think the the melting clocks
were just a bit muck or the tiger bursting out
of the cow. You know, you know what I like,
I like a sort of blue huge Senorita on velvet.

Now you go at something Elvis, maybe on velvet velvet Elvis,
who was the artist?

Speaker 2 (03:27):
I think I was?

Speaker 1 (03:31):
I think so yeah, I think that's the one that
that made him get drunk afterwards. You like, what have
I done with the Italian of French? I can remember
that sounded like neither, what have I done?

Speaker 3 (03:49):

Speaker 2 (03:49):
I must give Oh my gosh.

Speaker 1 (03:52):
Now I would just think.

Speaker 2 (03:53):
Of you, are you an artificial?

Speaker 1 (03:54):
How are you like?

Speaker 4 (03:55):
Seriously, I'm good at faking it. Sarah, isn't That's what
it's going to say. Sarah's really smart with the arts.
She knows all that stuff. I took one class in
college the history of Renaissance art was kind of a
you know, a survey, and that really set me up
grade for parties.

Speaker 1 (04:11):
So you could say, the girl, that's how you go, Sarah,
isn't it? You were like, yeah, do you like felsquiz? Yeah?

Speaker 4 (04:17):
It was like, you know Giado's chapel, Oh nice in Padua.

Speaker 1 (04:21):
And then you could see you were born in Italy
because I was forget I mean, you were born in Italy,
so you can do the whole what's the coming ago.

Speaker 2 (04:27):
I don't understand your language.

Speaker 4 (04:29):
A lot of this you can't see it on the microphone,
but I'm just taking the tips of my fingers and
doing that.

Speaker 1 (04:34):
Do a lot of this. You know what that is.
That's the upside down. Emuse Right there, that's what you do,
the upside down.

Speaker 2 (04:39):
Emuse. Wait where were you born New Zealand? Were you really?

Speaker 1 (04:43):

Speaker 4 (04:44):
I was born in Calland like, but but it is
people bring up the time, like, oh, you're born like
like I had anything to really do with it other
than a pyrrhic Well yeah, but I mean with HBU
when you left Italy thirty one, Well, so you're gonna
go like you know two, but can you speak Italian?

Speaker 1 (05:03):
No? I did lose my passport there.

Speaker 4 (05:06):
It got stolen and I walked into the American consulate
and they were they kept coming back, and because they
saw that I was born in Italy, they were like,
they were so confused. I'm like, I lost my passport.
Do you have any bubble gum? I don't know what's
going on. I can't buy any peanut butter. And they
were like, you're not an Italian. I'm like, well not

kind of what's.

Speaker 2 (05:28):
The coming to go. I kind of find that's bad,
isn't it? No, it's good.

Speaker 1 (05:32):
You know what do you know what happens in Glasgow.
There's a big Italian community in Glasgow and the Italians
that like, especially like second generation. They speak Glasgow accents,
but but they have Italian Glasgow accents. So it's amazing
sentence that hey, how you used to do? And then
you come at to my show up and maybe we
come over to you. You like it the feshion chips,

it's very very strange. I love it that that needs
to be a show. Well, Italian Glass region. Yeah, that's
it's a great thing. That's got to be a show.
And I'm guessing the food game got up. Oh my god, no,
buddy country. When the Italians and the Pakistanis and the
Indians came to Scotland, they improved it by like a

thousand percent because up until that point all we ate
was like mud and then custard to Christmas all made
of potatoes, mud, mud and custard.

Speaker 2 (06:21):
It was mud and del Christmas and then back to
mud in January.

Speaker 1 (06:24):
But you got Kashta for Christmas Day made of mud, mud, custard.

Speaker 4 (06:27):
Obviously I'm assuming now. I mean obviously with the food revolution,
now there's like high end Scottish cooking where oh my god, yeah,
the Hagis has never been better.

Speaker 1 (06:35):
Yeah, I mean in the higas Is. Actually it's like
a well you're a foodie guy. I do like food,
but yet you want to eat one meal of the day. Yeah,
it's a you know, it's a duality that yeah, well
the young aduality, or maybe it's just a straight up
eating disorder.

Speaker 2 (06:50):
Oh I hope so do you think so?

Speaker 4 (06:52):
I've just thought it could be just well, uh, you know,
I try to keep below a certain weight.

Speaker 2 (06:57):
I want to be one hundred and twenty two pounds
all the time.

Speaker 1 (07:00):
Dude, that's never I have to lose it. I have
to lose seventy Your arm with one hundred and twenty
two finds. Look at that arm, that's an amazing During
the pandemic only one you look like a crab that
lushed the fight.

Speaker 2 (07:10):
What happened?

Speaker 4 (07:11):
Just just work in one arm. The clog got ripped
off during the pandemic. I was like, if I don't
work out every day, I'm gonna.

Speaker 1 (07:18):
Just But you're in great shape. Well, I mean you
look like you're thirty years old. Thank you for saying that.

Speaker 2 (07:22):
Well, it's also the hair transplants that helped too.

Speaker 4 (07:24):
You've got a hair transplant, and you've got and you
work out. Yeah, I transplanted all this down here up there.

Speaker 1 (07:30):
I don't believe you, because it would be much curlier
and finer. You have no idea what it's like down there. Oh,
live hair. It's not fair.

Speaker 2 (07:38):
This is the hair I always wanted.

Speaker 1 (07:39):
Well my hair.

Speaker 4 (07:40):
You wan my hair man, and you know it was
great because you have some gray hair, like you went
gray early and it was hard to tell what your
age was.

Speaker 1 (07:48):
Not anymore. Well, I disagree you because you have you have. Dude,
I'm sixty one, yusual. I know, let's be so terrifying.
It's terrifying. I mean like when I get up in
the in the morning, like just stand up out of bed,
like crickety noises, like like all my buons click, and
your wife is like, uh oh, she's she thinks who

dropped the matches?

Speaker 2 (08:11):
You get a hip replace maternity while you were sleeping.

Speaker 1 (08:14):
I thought about it, but you're you look great.

Speaker 2 (08:17):
I'm okay, I'm okay.

Speaker 1 (08:18):
I I also eat one meal a day, but then
what I do is I eat all day.

Speaker 2 (08:22):
It's a day is dark today I am, And I.

Speaker 1 (08:24):
Think I may have an eating disorder a little bit.
I have an unhald I have an unhealthy pathological relationship
with food, for sure, because like I'm staying in a
hotel right now, right, you know the drawer that has
candy in it? Yeah? Yeah, I went to that drawer
yesterday and I was like a raccoon. I just like
ate everything, Like the wrappers roll everywhere and everything.

Speaker 4 (08:43):
It's a mess. And I so I it's if it's
in front of you, You're gonna eat it.

Speaker 2 (08:47):
Yeah, I'm like the dog.

Speaker 1 (08:48):
You know, if you bring groceries home and you leave
them in the room with me.

Speaker 4 (08:53):
I need them, see, I scream out loud, get behind me,
Satan when I see that candy. And sure people in
the other rooms complain because they think Satan's and you're right,
but it's good for me to just declare it and
then and then I usually flush it all down the
toilet with the cocaine.

Speaker 2 (09:10):
I did that. I didn't, no way, Yeah, I tried that.

Speaker 1 (09:13):
I was on tour and there was like they give
you know, sometimes you go to play a casino or something,
they say, oh, enjoy the chocolate basket, you know of
So there was a basket of chocolate in my room
and I was like, I don't know what to do
because it was the middle of the night. So I
dipped to end the toilet so I wouldn't eat it.
And then you ate it. Then that's like you know me,

but you burn You still didn't stand up and stuff
like that around you ever do it?

Speaker 4 (09:37):
Though I do, it's been harder. I take gigs like
casino gigs. I'm like, I can get there, do it. Yeah,
but I haven't had as much time to work on stuff,
so there's a lot of you know, there's a lot
of scrambling and writing jokes to where I'm going and
talking about like that's all right.

Speaker 2 (09:55):
Here we are in Calgary.

Speaker 4 (09:56):
Yeah, and so I have one more gig and then yeah, and.

Speaker 2 (10:00):
You're not going to do it anymore?

Speaker 1 (10:01):
Well, no, I want. I love doing it. Yeah, it's great.

Speaker 2 (10:04):
It's you've learned a lot of calories doing it.

Speaker 1 (10:06):
I used to.

Speaker 2 (10:06):
I don't anymore.

Speaker 1 (10:07):
I just stand there now. I'm like Gaffigan, No, I
just stand there and say things. I'm like, sweary Gaffigan.

Speaker 4 (10:13):
I feel like Affagan's he's beginning to move towards a
you know, it's getting it's getting edgi.

Speaker 2 (10:19):
Yeah, it's get a little edge. Hear.

Speaker 1 (10:20):
Well. You know Jim, when he started out, it was
pretty edgy, and then he made the stylistic choice to
stop swearing. I couldn't do that, no, I I tried it,
and then I'll tell you I did it a little bit.

Speaker 2 (10:31):
I was worre.

Speaker 1 (10:32):
I did a couple of shows with Lano and Arsenio
Hall during the summer in casinos, and they said, you
have to do a PG thirteen show, So I did,
and I kind of liked him. You can't tell fuck
I'm PG thirteen. No, and I think you get one.
But Arsenio went on first and he used to hope, So.

Speaker 4 (10:49):
You know, I'm like, oh, well, okay, it's one for
the night. Want not one per person?

Speaker 2 (10:54):
I don't know.

Speaker 1 (10:54):
I just I didn't want to risk it because you know,
people get mad at you.

Speaker 4 (10:57):
I think Leno should come out with a special called
Fucking Shit Up.

Speaker 2 (11:01):
And just blow away. It would be huge.

Speaker 1 (11:06):
He is an amazing stand up I mean still, I
was like I was watching him because I'd never seen
him live, and I was watching him, like, damn, I
get it.

Speaker 2 (11:15):
You know it's differently you ever seen him live? I
have never seen him.

Speaker 1 (11:19):
It will blow your mind or some it'll blow some hard.
Something will get blown. I did the car show with him. Yeah,
oh yeah, I did that. Yeah, but it didn't obviously
it's not the same thing. Well, he wasn't doing stand up,
but it's much the same. I said to him, I
don't know if I know my act, and he said,
just keep talking. They don't know this scrap. Keep talking.

Speaker 2 (11:40):
That's true, So you should do that when you're worried
about do I have enough material?

Speaker 1 (11:44):
Just keep talking.

Speaker 2 (11:45):
Oh, if it's not funny, they'll just think you're you know, you.

Speaker 1 (11:49):
Know that good. But that's all right.

Speaker 4 (11:50):
Why I tried, though, they'll think he tried. He stood
up there and talked into the microphone. I did do
a show in Texas, and they're like, I I didn't
realize it that they wanted to be a clean show.

Speaker 2 (12:03):
Okay, so did you do it?

Speaker 4 (12:06):
I opened up in prayer right and said, Dear God,
please help me not to say fuck or shit so much. Yeah,
and then I put out a squear jar and and
then so there was like a bud.

Speaker 1 (12:19):
It actually worked, did it? Did they forgive you? They
did well.

Speaker 4 (12:23):
The weird part is that like there was like four
big rich like Yellowstone donors, right. Two of them were
very like conservative as far as talk, and then the
other two were screaming fuck at me. They were like,
so fuck, we don't care, all right, and so I
was like, I don't know what to do.

Speaker 1 (12:40):
It's the duality of man, it's right there. It's the
young in dilemma. You know, it's just one way or
another way. It's Mogliani making the veil. But now it is.

Speaker 4 (12:48):
Do you think that if you when you stop swearing,
do you feel like I'm betraying my country?

Speaker 1 (12:53):
No, I feel like I'm doing better. I feel like
I'm finally grown up. And then I don't know. It's
it's difficult you when people say things like the stuff
that makes me angry it is when people say, well,
good comedian doesn't have to swear. I'm like, well, so
then Richard Bryor is not a good comedian. Yeah, anywurth
is a bad comedity. I mean, that's absurd. It's language,

and language is glorious. And I you know, when you
mentioned Scottish people and swear. Nobody swears like Scottish people.
It's beautiful Scottish and Irish people. It's kind of like
it flows so well, unbelievably wonderful sweariness. But yeah, I
suppose I do feel like I'm betraying the country when
I don't swear, So fuck it, I'm not gonna not.

Speaker 2 (13:32):
Gonna do it anymore.

Speaker 1 (13:33):
Do you do your kids swear?

Speaker 2 (13:36):
I'm afraid they do. Yes, I do mine.

Speaker 1 (13:38):

Speaker 4 (13:39):
My parents did not like swearing at all. So I felt, Yeah,
when I got out of the house, you really let fly.
Well look at this shit. Yeah, And I think it
was a reaction.

Speaker 1 (13:48):
Did you leave that?

Speaker 2 (13:49):
Did you leave the house early? I mean when you
when you were young.

Speaker 4 (13:52):
We're like eighteen seventy kind of I went to college
and moved out. But then were you a dorm guy?
But you like you know, I was in a fratern
for one quarter and I did not like it.

Speaker 2 (14:03):
I kind of ma, you're too smart. Oh well, I don't.

Speaker 1 (14:05):
Think there im smart and you're sensitive, you really are.
You'd lose your fucking mind.

Speaker 2 (14:10):
In that world.

Speaker 4 (14:10):
No, And so I moved back home and because it
was like I was like, ah, this will be temporary.
I'll finish out the year. Yeah, and then I just
never did. I stayed home for college. My mom worked
at the university I went to, so my mom and
I drove every morning to college together.

Speaker 2 (14:27):
I must have got so late when you were in college.
Turn it over your mom. Hey, who's getting out of
that Toyota Camray? It's right.

Speaker 1 (14:36):
But here's the thing.

Speaker 2 (14:37):
I mean, handicaps. But you'd Sarah met pretty early on.
I mean you were young.

Speaker 1 (14:40):

Speaker 2 (14:40):
I got married when I was twenty four, and you're
still married and still happy. Yeah, it's great.

Speaker 4 (14:45):
I can't believe again, as I said, someone agree to
have sex with me.

Speaker 2 (14:49):
Well, you know, she's an odd woman.

Speaker 1 (14:51):
You know, she's a fascinating person that she's got unusual taste,
and that's great.

Speaker 4 (14:55):
It works, you know what I talk about charity and.

Speaker 1 (14:58):
And she's artistic. She makes an unusual shape and a
juxtaposition of forms and stuff.

Speaker 2 (15:04):
How do you know so much about what I look
like down there?

Speaker 1 (15:07):
I don't know if that's what you look like down
there to guess based on what you've told me, and
also you you removed all your hair from there? Nothing?

Speaker 4 (15:15):
Do you know what hand skins? I'm in so much pain.
Oh no, that's that's bad. Is this what you end
up talking to Leno about?

Speaker 1 (15:23):
We talked about cars. I think a little bit.

Speaker 2 (15:25):
I really hope everything die from what he's doing. He's okay,
he's all right.

Speaker 4 (15:30):
He tried, he's I was like, oh, this is I
hope this, this is becoming a pattern.

Speaker 1 (15:34):
Now. Well, he showed me, he said, do you know
I see the photographs of the operation. I'm like, uh no,
but yeah, so on his phone he has photographs. So
while they're fixing his face after the burns and the
surgical procedure, I was like, who's taking the photographs? Jamon
Hey said, Darctor, He's taking the photograph that I did. Yeah,

take these photographs and they he's it was his face
with all that.

Speaker 2 (16:01):
I mean, it's crazy.

Speaker 4 (16:02):
It's like and then how many months later did he
wipe out on the motorcycle?

Speaker 2 (16:06):
It was It wasn't It was like two months. It
was like, but you're a car guy, I am, but
I don't. Are you motorcycles too?

Speaker 1 (16:13):

Speaker 2 (16:13):
No, me neither.

Speaker 4 (16:14):
I'm done with that. You I that for that is
a young man's game. That is a game to play
when you don't have kids.

Speaker 2 (16:21):
You know, I had an accident when I was forty.
Do you ever have an accident on a motor bike?

Speaker 4 (16:26):
No, I've had bike accidents, but I can't imagine what
it would be like going triple to speed.

Speaker 1 (16:32):
It's unbelievable. Man, I being hit by some big fucking dudes.
But and some of you you played football, right, so yeah,
it's worse than that. It's worse than that, and you
aren't And I.

Speaker 2 (16:41):
Was, oh my god.

Speaker 1 (16:42):
I was like, it's so painful. And then about I
don't know, maybe three weeks ago, I fell off a horse.
What the what were you doing on a horse? I like,
I like being on horses. Okay, you know Megan is horses.
Well that's true, so I have to like, but you
fell off fell off a horse.

Speaker 2 (17:00):
That's a big fall.

Speaker 1 (17:01):
Yeah, And I was like, I'm too old for this
now because when I was lighting the ground, now though
this could be it.

Speaker 2 (17:08):
So did you fall off the horse?

Speaker 1 (17:09):
Well, you know, it's a long story, but basically the
girth was a little tight. It nipped underneath his little
leg thing. He buked and threw me right off big
horse too. Yeah, I know, but I was only winded
because I landed in sand. But I failed.

Speaker 2 (17:24):
You know, have you ever you know when you get winded,
when you fell, When you get that and you think,
I think my spine's gone. I think I'm done breathing.

Speaker 1 (17:30):
Yeah, yeah that.

Speaker 4 (17:31):
I don't play basketball now because I get scared.

Speaker 1 (17:35):
Well, you got to do something. You're in the gym
or something, because I work out every day.

Speaker 4 (17:40):
I played tennis now because you can't run into other
people playing tennis that unless you're playing doubles.

Speaker 2 (17:47):
Okay, do you do you like the tennis? I love
it so much. Jesus.

Speaker 4 (17:50):
I stop running because I have a torn meniscus, but
I can still. He'll move around to tennis court. Yeah,
I just got to hit it really hard so they
have to move.

Speaker 2 (17:58):
Do you know it's funny. I really don't care for tennis.
It's the sport of your land.

Speaker 1 (18:02):
No, it isn't.

Speaker 2 (18:03):
Wasn't it Henry the Eighth like tennis? Yeah, I mean
I don't know Shakespeare mentioned it. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (18:09):
I think the thing about tennis is it seems like
a sort of it feels like it's a panty situation,
like you take the ball, No, you take the ball, No,
you take the ball. It's like somebody just keep the ball.

Speaker 4 (18:19):
You could make the same argument about soccer. Why do
you keep passing it backwards?

Speaker 1 (18:25):
Yeah, you know you could. I'm not lying. I feel
like I'm not very connected to sport in a big way.
I like to run. Do you go for runs?

Speaker 2 (18:34):
I do go for runs. And you can still run. Well,
your knees are all right. It's a little trickier than
it used to be. I have to slow down.

Speaker 1 (18:39):
Yeah, it's a lot of pounding.

Speaker 2 (18:41):
No, I think I do love it pounding and I
go for see.

Speaker 4 (18:44):
I think I think the I think tennis is like
a boxing match because it's.

Speaker 2 (18:49):
I used to do that a lot too.

Speaker 1 (18:51):
See. Yeah, you I never box.

Speaker 2 (18:54):
You'd love it. I should have, but I would be
all messed up. No, no, no, you can.

Speaker 1 (19:00):
You can box with a you wear some stuff and
box with someone that you paid and not hurt you.

Speaker 2 (19:04):
It works out, especially in La.

Speaker 1 (19:07):

Speaker 4 (19:07):
Yeah, there's all sorts of gyms with white guys and yeah,
you were like, I can do it.

Speaker 1 (19:12):
Go to Karen boxing, you know, with all the white
women of a certain age around box are.

Speaker 4 (19:18):
Just yelling at people that now, now, now, what are
you doing in this neighborhood?

Speaker 1 (19:23):
Get out of hair?

Speaker 2 (19:24):
And they punch and stuff.

Speaker 4 (19:34):
I have a friend, his name's Duffy Culligan, and he's
a terrifyingly good box alright, yes, all right, sounds ready
good Duffy Culligan, Duffy, it doesn't.

Speaker 1 (19:42):
Sound like a boxer. And in the other corner, Duffy Culligan,
No Culligan, Zoda Tipperary. And that's going to be it's
going to be a hard match today. He is a
hard match.

Speaker 4 (19:51):
He got his nose broken, so he showed up to school.
He showed up to Our kids used to go to
the same school. When he just showed up, you were
gone by then. With it looked like, yeah, that someone
had poured a blood under his skin and it spread
out over his face.

Speaker 1 (20:05):
See I never did that kind of box. And that's
real books. I used to box with a Mexican guy
in California. Used to come to house and even train
me and I'd boked. But we would come to your home.
He would come to the house and we would box
in the backyard. And I like, how you paid a
guy to try to beat you up? No, no, no, here's
the thing.

Speaker 2 (20:21):
I paid. I paid him money so that he wouldn't
beat me.

Speaker 1 (20:24):
Up because he could have beat me up. But I
always knew I was hitting him really hard because when
I really fucking laughed, like if I really got h well,
he'd go like this he good and he would smile.

Speaker 4 (20:38):
That's when you know you're dealing with That's why I
was like, when people get into fights on the street,
I'm like, you have no idea who you're dealing with.

Speaker 2 (20:44):
You don't know what could happen.

Speaker 1 (20:45):
No, it's bad. I were you ever a scrapper when
you were a kid.

Speaker 4 (20:48):
I got into a number of I went to Catholic school,
so we were always there was always there was a
lot of tackle football with no pads during recess and
you never knew but the last oh, I guess it
was post college that I challenged someone to fight a due.
I was like, I challenged thee and I had threw
down your gloves, beautiful pistols that I had brought, and

we no we were. I was on a co ed
softball team and the uh, one of the guys decided
not to slide into second and he just ran over
this nice woman who was our second basement and I
would I was like, oh, I'm seeing red. I'm going
to go kill someone and lushia temper I does and
it doesn't. I never usually ever, that was like the

last time I was like, oh, you need to be careful.
So but no, I never. I feel like there's less
Maybe there's more phist fights.

Speaker 2 (21:38):
I don't know. I got into a few, but I
wasn't any good.

Speaker 3 (21:40):
You know.

Speaker 2 (21:40):
It always ended up on the ground, like rolling around. Yeah,
I think that that.

Speaker 1 (21:44):
I don't know. I mean, like, you're ten years younger
than me something like that, right, I literally am right,
So I have way better hair.

Speaker 2 (21:50):
Well, you're much better shape. That's so.

Speaker 1 (21:53):
You know, I'm like a hairy, out of shape alien.
You were not out of shape. I have a little
out of shape, right, Like Yes, the day when I
went crazy on the candy drawer in the hotel like
a raccoon, it was bad. It was had you eating No,
I had gone like twenty four hours. Yeah, so your
body was like it was just crazy. Did you get
into a lot of fights? Yeah?

Speaker 4 (22:13):
Yeah, I did, Like you like, would you start fights
or did you just find yourself in the middle of it?

Speaker 1 (22:18):

Speaker 2 (22:18):
It was kind of like de rigueur.

Speaker 1 (22:20):
It was kind of like having a Twitter account when
I was growing up and like everybody it's oh yeah,
well twigs I call it now, oh, because it's way
better Twitter and.

Speaker 2 (22:30):
X you mix them together.

Speaker 1 (22:31):
Twigs. I'm going to send her a Twix and then
you get a twix bar. Yeah, and then you get
a Twix, you get a little candy bar. Go crazy
on it.

Speaker 2 (22:36):
Like a raccoon.

Speaker 1 (22:37):
Is a great idea, it's working.

Speaker 4 (22:38):
Well, Wait, when's the last time you swung or were
swung at, not in a boxing lesson or in a
like in in like why I'm in a fight?

Speaker 1 (22:51):
I think it'd probably be about nineteen ninety Okay, yeah,
because I got sober in nineteen ninety two, and by
the time it was nineteen ninety.

Speaker 4 (23:00):
I was already losing badly. And every every aggressive situation
they were, were they as intoxicated or definitely yeah, yeah, yeah, definitely.

Speaker 1 (23:09):
There was no way that anybody sober was going to
seriously get in a fight with me because it would
be you know, it'd be taking advantage.

Speaker 4 (23:17):
Of something you got out of drinking at the right time,
because you perpetually, like you know, when people get out
of it lake, they they look like there their skin
is a leather bag.

Speaker 2 (23:29):
Oh yeah, and you don't have any of that.

Speaker 1 (23:31):
Well, you know people that I were you were talking
about guys that were athletes at the same time as you,
and they like they go crazy and they like they
stopped working out and they just eat the same amount
of calories and going, you know, and just to end
double Well, I see guys that I used to hang with,
who I drank with, who never stopped right, and it's
it's like crazy, they're they're like they can't walk and stuff,

and they're your age. Yeah, it's it's like and they come, oh,
we have the same age, and I'm like, are we though?

Speaker 2 (24:01):
And then it's like, oh, you've in California.

Speaker 1 (24:03):
I went, Yeah, it's not really about California. Yeah, it's
a it's a little more complicated than just going to California. Yeahthough,
there's a.

Speaker 4 (24:12):
Lot of meth here, Yeah, there is. Although that keeps
you young, my friend, it does. It really keeps the
heart rate up and keeps your skinny. So let me
ask you this. So you went to Catholic school, right,
So are you still a Catholic?

Speaker 1 (24:25):

Speaker 2 (24:25):
I know you they do say once it's a Catholic.

Speaker 4 (24:28):
So well, I still have the guilt that I'll be
running away from that for a long time and some
of the shame.

Speaker 2 (24:33):
But you know, did you raised the well, our boys
went at the same school, and that wasn't that was a.

Speaker 4 (24:37):
Secular that's well, yes they rented that.

Speaker 1 (24:40):
Yeah, Episcopalian, right, but it was a secular you know,
it's learning experience. There was no kendo.

Speaker 4 (24:46):
Yeah no, And I to this day I love the
ritual of the Catholic Mass. Yeah, and my wife and
I are basically Presbyterians now, oh, and I like the ritual,
but boy, it is Yeah, it's from a know, a
guy that said give up all your possessions, and I know,
and then you go to the Vatican and you're.

Speaker 1 (25:05):
Like, well, yeah, one of these paintings in feed Brazil
and it is. So it's a bit of a little tricky.
It's a yeah, it's a a junctaposition. I think what
it is that because I've become fascinated with Christianity as
I get older and I think about dying more.

Speaker 2 (25:18):
I don't know if that's.

Speaker 4 (25:19):
You're still a bit young for Oh no, I've been
thinking about it for twenty five years.

Speaker 2 (25:23):
Really. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (25:23):
As soon as I hit twenty one, I was like
I'm dead. It's over kind of a thing. I mean,
I do think about it. So you know, I'm slight.
I'm intrigued by Christianity, and as you say from the
it started with like give up all your stuff and
walk around and.

Speaker 4 (25:38):
Just love people. Yeah, didn't talk about gay people, didn't
talk about it, never mention any never never wasn't those
judgments on anybody.

Speaker 1 (25:46):
But what happened, I think is when I think the
equivalent of when Constantine co op to Christianity and the Empire,
right Roman Empire and became the Roman Catholic Church. Yeah,
I think that's like and it hasn't happened yet, but
it happened in the next couple of years when Starbucks
opens a store at Burning Man.

Speaker 2 (26:06):
It's a similar type of co option, do you know
what I mean.

Speaker 1 (26:09):
It's like it's the incorporation of something that was wildly
counterculture being brought further and further into the mainstream until
it is available on as Amazon Prime.

Speaker 4 (26:19):
So do you think Peter, one of your apostles, would
like it was already getting bad, like as far he
was like, this is not how it used to be. Guys,
we should definitely not have too nice definitely.

Speaker 1 (26:32):
I mean I think the minute they started writing the Gospels,
and they were kind of like they started writing the
Gospels so that they were like the Roman involvement, they
kind of like tried to move that out, Like ponscious
Pilot didn't really want to kill Jesus. Pilot wouldn't even
think about it, evens killing people all over the place.
He was like, like he crucified more people than than

you've had candy bars. I mean.

Speaker 2 (26:59):
Thousands of people. I think I haven't had that many
candy parties.

Speaker 1 (27:02):
Well, okay, that was a bad example that that candy bars,
salary sticks, salary sticks.

Speaker 4 (27:06):
Yeah, but then he gave up a rapus. Yeah, and
that see that whole thing.

Speaker 1 (27:12):
I mean, I feel like the law of has been
lost in this storytelling over time.

Speaker 4 (27:16):
Do you think of when the one that one pope,
there's a couple that led armies. They were like it
seems well, whatever, okay, we're cool.

Speaker 1 (27:25):
You do. I love about because I love the history
of the popes. There was when they had the cadaver synods.

Speaker 2 (27:31):
Do you know what happened? Oh?

Speaker 1 (27:32):
It was great. So one I can't remember the exact
popes and now you know, I look forward to your
emails and twixes. But they there was one pope is
really mad at another pope.

Speaker 2 (27:41):
These things happen.

Speaker 1 (27:42):
So the pope that was mad at the other pope,
this pope dies and the other pope that was mad
Adham is now the new pope, right right, So he
digs up the cadaver of the you know, the body
of the other pope. They bring the decomposing corpse into
the courtroom and put it on trial, and of course
she loses. He's found Kidd didn't get a chance to
speak from his lawyer was also dead. There was but

it's really how about I.

Speaker 4 (28:07):
Think there was one that was like a teenage pope,
no joke and hied it into a brothel at that point.

Speaker 1 (28:12):
That's a TV show.

Speaker 4 (28:14):
How about the time when there was two popes, the
ones in France and then the ones in Italy because
it was but they made the enough to pop, which
is just.

Speaker 2 (28:22):
A wonderful Is that where that comes from?

Speaker 4 (28:23):
Yeah, because they were like, these are the special grapes,
it's the chateau of the pope. And I did like
that even when I was drinking.

Speaker 2 (28:30):
I remember that from back in the day. You know
that really nailed it, I said to Megan Ones just
as a young voice.

Speaker 1 (28:36):
She was drinking a fancy way and I went, well,
you know what, if I ever drink again, I'm gonna,
you know, start drinking that.

Speaker 2 (28:42):
And she went, yeah, you last half an hour on
this fucking hairspray. But they ended all.

Speaker 4 (28:49):
Would you if you know you're on your let's say
you have like you're dying death, You're on your deathbed,
and you're like, well, I guess I'll have a have
a sour, you know, kind of like you know, like uh,
Clint Eastwood and you know, unforgiven, Yeah, unforgiven. When I
realized like, oh yeah, I'm gonna die, so I'm just
gonna start drinking a Yeah, no.

Speaker 1 (29:08):
That I see. I read that completely differently and unforgive
And that's interesting, you said, because when I would I
love that movie could and I think it is a
study of alcoholism. Oh because when he knows he's going
to get in that gunfight and he's going to die,
but but really what he thinks that I'm gonna have
to kill people?

Speaker 2 (29:26):
Oh and and so I read it as he's like,
I can't fucking do this sober. I can't fucking oh.

Speaker 1 (29:31):

Speaker 4 (29:31):
I was just like I was like, well, yeah, you
he knows he's gonna die. Son, why not. No, I
don't make a better gun fighter.

Speaker 1 (29:40):
But no, I don't think I would. I don't stay
so it's not a sure it stays so ober. I
stay sober because I like it. But the I think
though there are drugs around, Like, I'm so glad I
missed the opiate thing right because that ship they will
kill me. I mean, they'll all kill you. Well, sure,
but the but the opiates stuff, I mean, I go.

I had a medical procedure for like a dental thing,
and they gave me one under supervision for like extreme pain.
And I was like, my god, this is like fifteen
years ago and I still think about it. Wow, like
one you know, and it was you know, the guy
was like giving it to me with gloves and it
was a smoking test tube and stuff like that. Still like, no,

I can't understand how people get consumed by that shit.

Speaker 4 (30:26):
But when you took it, so you're in crushing pain,
I'm assuming you either had like a like you had
a like sort root can It was a root canal
that had become which is one of the most painful agony,
and you did it without anesthesia?

Speaker 2 (30:40):
No, he did.

Speaker 1 (30:41):
You got all that. I got the anesthesia, but but
there was something wrong afterwards after the procedure, so they
had to bring the pain down for a minute and
then and they did.

Speaker 4 (30:50):
And was it like, oh I could get used to
this high or thank God for this relief from this
crushing pain in my mouth.

Speaker 1 (30:56):
Not entirely. Sure, that's that's the thing. And I still
think about it because like, the removal of the pain
was amazing, and I'm so grateful that I live in
a time when that could happen. But there was also
a feeling of ecstasy, which I feel probably was not
connected to.

Speaker 4 (31:15):
The removal of the doctor was like you tried to
order a gin and tonic ten minutes after.

Speaker 1 (31:21):
I mean, there was a lot of you know, I
struggled with it about taking it, and eventually like, look,
there's no way around us. You're going to have to
take it. Because I don't like to take anything right,
it's dangerous for me.

Speaker 4 (31:32):
I take an advil even if I think I'm going
to be sore.

Speaker 2 (31:35):
Advill is fine. I'm cool with advil.

Speaker 1 (31:37):
I'm also not a doctor, you know, if a doctor
says you've got to take something, you gotta take it.
I mean, there's a weird thing. This happens in LA
A lot people think because they go to yoga, they're
a doctor or oh yeah you know. I mean it's like,
you're not a fucking doctor.

Speaker 3 (31:50):

Speaker 4 (31:50):
I know if they do a Google search and they
were like, yeah, I found some stuff out. I feel
bad for doctors that are like, yeah, I went to
school for eight years. Yeah, somehow. It wasn't just Google searches.

Speaker 1 (32:00):
It's also like if you look up do you ever
do this, Like if you look up the possible adverse
reactions to advil, Yeah, you could terrify yourself. That's what
the internet is.

Speaker 4 (32:11):
Yeah, it's it's terrified. It's the dark web.

Speaker 1 (32:14):
All of a sudden, do you have I think you
do have a pretty strong social media presence, then you
don't do all that.

Speaker 2 (32:19):
Yeah I do all that shit.

Speaker 1 (32:21):
Yeah see I do it too, but I don't really
like I'm not connected to it. There's like a bunch
of people that do it and they pretend to me,
and I'm like, yeah, well you gotta get rid of
those people. No, no, no, I pay them. Oh yeah,
I pay them. I'm like, no, you you go ahead,
And did they ever post something You're like, You're like,
that's not no. They sometime they run it by me
most of the time. Is that because you don't want

to do it or you just I don't want to
connect with it. It's crazy. It's crazy time. You know,
people out there, you know, talking to your you know, unsolicited,
giving your opinions and stuff.

Speaker 2 (32:52):
I'm like, no, I don't.

Speaker 4 (32:52):
Oh, I don't read anything. Oh that's good. I just
send it out.

Speaker 1 (32:56):
That's fine.

Speaker 2 (32:56):
That's just like taking a ship in the pool and
then leave.

Speaker 1 (32:58):
That is exactly what I do.

Speaker 4 (33:00):
I love when it started, like I was like, oh,
this person, well, there was a time when this is
for whatever reason, William Shatner would tweet at norm MacDonald
and I telling us how unfunny we were.

Speaker 1 (33:12):
You and Norma too, the funniest guys who ever lived.
Norm go dressed them.

Speaker 4 (33:15):
But I mean, well, that's the nicest thing anyone's ever
said to me.

Speaker 2 (33:19):
But you're hilarious, man, God bless you.

Speaker 4 (33:21):
But no, it was like William Shatner was I was like, oh, no,
people are gonna know that. William shatt Of course, I
retweeted it and said big fan. But uh but I
was like, what kind of a what the I was
like worried about it for a moment, and then I
was like fuck all this.

Speaker 1 (33:35):
But uh, yeah. Have you squared up with William.

Speaker 4 (33:39):
Shatton when I met him at Betty White's ninetieth yeank
you you're Welldy White's ninetieth.

Speaker 2 (33:45):

Speaker 4 (33:45):
I walked up and I go, hi, mister shantnoner put
my hand out and he looked at it and then just.

Speaker 1 (33:49):
Stared at me. And I was like, what did I
ever do to you? Jesus Bill?

Speaker 2 (33:53):
I mean, that's funny because I'm quite friendly with William Shatton.

Speaker 1 (33:56):
Will you tell him hello? You know? He he gets
an idea in his head though, I mean, it is
fucking crazy.

Speaker 4 (34:02):
I feel like the Penis Rocket was a big reset
for him when he learned that the abyss of space
was pretty depressing.

Speaker 2 (34:09):
But that was that was before Bay after Bag, Yeah, it.

Speaker 4 (34:13):
Was after that. Just like last year. He went up
in that thing, Oh my god, and I was trying
when he came back. Yeah, he was like, it's way
more just Captain Kirk went up there and was like, oh,
we're tiny, We're just barely holding onto this rock. I
go that from an acid, I don't need to Oh yeah recently, no,
bless you, But now, like, what is it?

Speaker 2 (34:34):
The micro dosing is now the big Yeah. I'm not
a micro dosing sort of a guy.

Speaker 1 (34:39):
I'm a more macro dosing sort of I can't be
left alone with a fucking candy bar am I going
to micro doors? I can't do it. Well do you think?

Speaker 4 (34:48):
I mean, not that you replaced it, because you were
a very healthy person, but to stand up.

Speaker 1 (34:55):
I love that it. It has a kind of zen
thing about it. I remember reading an interview with Michael Jackson,
controversial figure but talking about his performance, and he said
he was so comfortable on stage he feels like he
could sleep there. Now that could of course have been
the probe fall, but also the I understand it though.

I get very comfortable on stage. Yeah, you get that
way too. I love it so much. I well, yes,
I do get very Yes.

Speaker 4 (35:24):
I go, oh, this is all the stress and all
the anxiety falls away when you.

Speaker 1 (35:29):
Were doing the soup, because I remember you started the
soup maybe a year or something before I started.

Speaker 2 (35:33):
In late night something like.

Speaker 1 (35:34):
That started in fits and starts in two thousand and
four right, and I started in Late Night two thousand
and five, so the right and I remember thinking like,
this guy is the only one that's doing anything like
I'm doing this is because all the rest I felt
like everyone else's there's a style of doing late night
that exists as a it's almost like a genre. And

you weren't. You weren't doing that, And I didn't do
it because I didn't know. Oh when I think you
when you.

Speaker 4 (36:01):
Would grab the camera, I was like, oh, that's good
that I should have done that. Wow, Like you get
up there and I would. We had about the same budget, though,
I think that's what it is. Yeah, well you could
afford a talking skeleton, though.

Speaker 1 (36:14):
Eventually no, right away, I was four years in before
I got the talking skelet.

Speaker 4 (36:18):
Well, you didn't have to shoot around pillars because it
was a converted lobby. But then Ryan Seacrest showed up,
and all of a sudden they began pouring millions of
dollars into the studio.

Speaker 1 (36:29):
I'm like, what the this whole time?

Speaker 2 (36:31):
You know, it's funny.

Speaker 1 (36:32):
When Lily Tomlin was on the Late Night Show, she commented,
she went, Wow, this this place used to be a
cupboard it was the war, it was.

Speaker 2 (36:41):
The wardrobe room that my studio.

Speaker 1 (36:44):
I mean, I thought, I remember saying you the first
time you were on my late night show.

Speaker 2 (36:48):
I said to you, you should do this, you should
do this thing.

Speaker 1 (36:51):
And you never I never saw you kind of I
never got the sense that you were interested in doing that.

Speaker 2 (36:58):
I never thought I was going to do the soup.

Speaker 4 (37:00):
So that and I always wanted to be an actor,
and then I was like, well maybe I'm better at
this theme acting.

Speaker 1 (37:08):
Uh, You're a good actor. I've seen you like community.
You're awesome.

Speaker 4 (37:12):
You know, that was a dream come true. It's a
great man for Donald Glover and the way his career
is fizzil.

Speaker 1 (37:17):
Yeah, but you know it's just you know, you win
some you lose them.

Speaker 2 (37:22):
I will say that I was torn.

Speaker 4 (37:24):
I've never really talked, but I I've thought about.

Speaker 2 (37:27):
It and I'm like, oh, that would that would have been.

Speaker 4 (37:30):
But then I you know, I have some self loathing
that really can kick in. So you never know which
version of me you're gonna get.

Speaker 1 (37:35):
Well, self loathing it will work for you in late Yeah,
you have to be you have to kind of hate
yourself a little bit to just go and do it
all the time. Yeah, it's rare. It's odd.

Speaker 4 (37:45):
If you see a comedian go fucking nailed it, did
it again, I'm like, yeah you did. Oh shit, good
for you. I can't believe how confident you are.

Speaker 1 (37:53):

Speaker 2 (37:53):
Some are like that, but they're not funny. You know.
It's it's a it's an oil. Would you do it now?

Speaker 1 (38:01):
I don't. I'm way too old. Oh all looks it doesn't.
The rules are all changed. Yeah, I'll do it. Yeah.

Speaker 4 (38:09):
I realized I really was with the super how much
I you know, like you you do so many of
them that you get like when people send me clips.

Speaker 2 (38:17):
I was like, I have no recollection of that, but
oh that was pretty good. Oh yeah yeah, yeah, tons
of that.

Speaker 4 (38:22):
Yeah, and I now and I was like, oh, the
pattern of that was really fun and uh and I was.

Speaker 2 (38:29):
Like, oh I miss that consistency.

Speaker 4 (38:33):
I mean, but believe me with the new like I
host a baking show and I fucking love it, so
that definitely tickles that little muscle.

Speaker 1 (38:40):
Guys. Okay, but but yeah I don't. I don't.

Speaker 4 (38:43):
Yeah, I mean I when I see like the guys,
you know, like they're so fucking good, and I just
don't know if I have the I would like to.
I mean, you were part of the golden age of
like the like when everybody was clicking, and I think.

Speaker 2 (38:59):
You too, though I think the soup is part of
that too. I don't think the soup wasn't.

Speaker 1 (39:02):
I mean, I feel like I got paid less than
everybody though, yeah, you probably did.

Speaker 2 (39:05):
But I mean that's that's sad.

Speaker 1 (39:07):
But you sort of that with community and that was
good times, yea, and all the other stuff, the like
spy kids movies and a look.

Speaker 2 (39:14):
Suff well, thank you.

Speaker 4 (39:16):
There's still there's people still like so, Jessica Abba played
your wife?

Speaker 1 (39:20):
How is that?

Speaker 4 (39:21):
How did that work? Why would someone like that agree
to be with you? And that's that's a home all.
I mean, why are you saying that you're extremely handsome?
Of you are in great shame. I'm trying to get
you to say these things and it's working.

Speaker 2 (39:34):
Yeah, I see.

Speaker 1 (39:35):
This is that cat fishing. No, that's batfishing. It's like
catfishing is slightly different. I don't it is bat or
dog fishing. May be dog fishing, or it may just
be fishing.

Speaker 2 (39:54):
Difficult fishing.

Speaker 1 (39:56):
Not anymore.

Speaker 4 (39:57):
I'm too impatient. I can't go to it's hard for
me to go to movies.

Speaker 2 (40:01):
I hear you.

Speaker 1 (40:02):
I just I was like, we're just gonna sit here
for two hours. They're an Instagram posts. I'm like, too long. Yeah,
I know it's bad. I I just don't read a
book from time to time. You will sit and good.
I can't read, which he just likes it very I
didn't know that way better than I used to be.
But all that, like just on the way here, I
am in the middle of a novel and I that's

all all. I'll put it on when I'm doing the dishes,
I'll put it on when I'm cooking. I'll do it.
So you like audiobooks, Yes, that's a Audiobooks are great,
greatest thing that's that's worth the digital technology just for that.

Speaker 4 (40:34):
Yeah, I will trade the human trafficking and silk road
drug and arms dealings to far Man.

Speaker 2 (40:43):
I know your joke.

Speaker 4 (40:45):
I'm still amazed for Like, this thing knows my songs. Yeah,
I can't just knows. It's just going to identify this song.
It's great. No, and yes, that has changed my life.
What's the boody?

Speaker 1 (40:55):
You read?

Speaker 2 (40:57):
The last book I've read read read?

Speaker 1 (41:00):
I think hang on the same yeah, yeah, I never
got around to that. I did get a few overtures
from them back in the day. Oh yeah, well did
you go to ever go to the brunch? Now?

Speaker 2 (41:13):
Celebrities find it's not my thing.

Speaker 1 (41:15):
I'm not. I'm not very good at organized religion. I
don't really care for it much. I feel like, once
dogmas involved of any type, you know, I kind of
like shy away from it. We all do this, not
oh fucking do well, you know what. I grew up
during punk rock and we don't all fucking do this now.
But we all are going to spike our hair and
wear at the same leather jo. But we're different, We're

a different We're all different, except when we go to
that concert, we all get the same.

Speaker 2 (41:41):
I know. It's kind of funny.

Speaker 1 (41:43):
It's like when people get mad at young because your
kids they're young, they'll be in that kind of rebellion thing.

Speaker 2 (41:48):
And yeah, and I don't want.

Speaker 1 (41:51):
To, you know, force you talking about your kids, But
I fine. But I do notice with you know, my
own children that they're slightly disappointed that I don't get
as outraged as maybe other parents do about their their world.

Speaker 2 (42:09):
Yeah, which is a tricky one.

Speaker 1 (42:11):
I mean they're very dogmatic, the kids right now, I
mean there they have a lot of orthodoxy that needs
to be Did.

Speaker 2 (42:17):
Your parents get on you about your what you?

Speaker 1 (42:19):
Oh? Yeah, I used to have to when I was
like fifteen, punk rock hit and I used to go
out for the evening to see my buddies.

Speaker 2 (42:27):
And then there was a bridge near our house.

Speaker 1 (42:29):
Now go underneath the bridge and change into punk rock clothes,
like you know, you'd like stuff your other clothes, put
the other clothes under the bridge, and then go. And
of course you come back and I hope it was
taking it and you have to go. But there's like
a hope aware in a skill uniform somewhere.

Speaker 4 (42:42):
I feel like that the punk rock scene in great Print,
where it started, was such a break. Oh my god, jeh,
I don't know if I I mean we went from
glam rock to grunge.

Speaker 2 (42:56):
Yeah, that's and pretty.

Speaker 4 (42:58):
Big, which was the opposite, which was you know, glam
rock was hair and full makeup down to then it
was just plaid shirts.

Speaker 1 (43:05):
And which would be run about the exact moment for
you because you were in Seattle or that year in
Washington state, right yeah, and grunge, I think you must
have been totally into that.

Speaker 2 (43:15):
I was.

Speaker 4 (43:16):
I watched Alison Chains get boot off stage. Wow, because
the next band is the band called the young fresh
Fellows of the Band that everyone wanted to see, and
I remember Lane Stalely going like, fuck you, this is
great music and there were the crowd was like fuck you,
get off and then it all worked out for Alison Chains.

Speaker 1 (43:36):
Did you ever get budof stage? Yes?

Speaker 2 (43:38):
Yeah, me too. Yeah when did you get budoph stage?

Speaker 4 (43:41):
It was at the Power one oh six like lineup
in Anaheim at like an eight thousand person outdoor stadium.
Sweet and they were not fans and uh when was this?
This is probably two thousand and nine or nice? Nice,

and uh, I don't know what you're like. When you
start getting booed, I have to fight, yeah, a little bit.
So I turned the clock around and I was like,
I'm staying up here for this long and which was
not a great move either, perfect And there was agents
trying to poach me there and they were they were
all ran away.

Speaker 2 (44:21):
They didn't poach you.

Speaker 1 (44:22):
After they didn't, they were like, oh that's not what
we expected.

Speaker 2 (44:25):
And uh so it was yeah, what about you.

Speaker 1 (44:30):
My first stand up was Scottish Week during punk Rock
at the Ica in London, and basically it was a
bunch of Scottish punk rock bands and a bunch of
Cockney punks.

Speaker 2 (44:45):
And they said to me, you should.

Speaker 1 (44:47):
Got your family, you go out during when we're changing
the bands around and do comedy. So I did, and
I thought it would be funny were killed, And I did,
but I was so nervous that my these were physically shaking.
And the Cockneys noticed that and they started to.

Speaker 3 (45:04):
Show his knees a nok and his knee's noking and
it became a chant in the entire c' nok and
his knee's noaking, And well, you had the crowd, well
they had me, I think.

Speaker 1 (45:16):
And there's equipment being changed behind it. Oh yeah, it's
the most distracting with garbage. But here's the thing, and
this is the same with you. I went back, see
normal people that are not like us, we haven't experienced
like that, and go, I don't need to do that again. Yeah,
and you went back, why.

Speaker 4 (45:37):
Well, but I don't, uh, I don't know why. I mean,
I always have to fight. I'm uh, I have to,
like I'm extremely competitive, so but that's competitive with the
universe at that point. Yeah, I think I was ready
to take them on. I said pretty insulting things. I
kept going, I kept and to the point where the

show organizer said, you need to get out of here. Yeah,
because I I think at one point I was like,
raise your hand if you don't have a neck tattoo and.

Speaker 1 (46:10):
Fuck wow? They yeah.

Speaker 4 (46:13):
And then I was like watch the soup Bunny. Thanks
and they yeah, and your ratings go up. Afternoon the
next day one of the people that was working for said,
I have a We got like three thousand emails like
it was wow. They were people like pissed and then

people pissed at the pissed people.

Speaker 2 (46:36):
Yeah, and but it was, uh, you know.

Speaker 4 (46:40):
It was another one of those moments where I'm like,
maybe I am terrible at this.

Speaker 2 (46:43):
What's interesting about that?

Speaker 1 (46:45):
That was like, No, that would be like a viral
thing everyone would share in your yeah, your shame.

Speaker 2 (46:50):
There was nothing. There was no footage. Yeah, I mean,
thank god, Yeah, that's what I think too.

Speaker 1 (46:56):
I mean I feel for young performers though, like you
fuck up, everyone going to know forever. I did a
show once in Denfermlin in Scotland, Carnegie Hall I've played
both Carnegie Halls, the one in Denfermerlin in Scotland and.

Speaker 2 (47:08):
The one in New York. The one in New York
is a lot easier the one in Defermlin.

Speaker 1 (47:12):
I went on stage, I was really before I stopped drinking,
and I said words to the effect of probably a
little more aggressively. Where I come from, we talk in Glasgow.
We talk about you people as sheep shaggers, which I
always thought was bad until I came here and saw
what your women looked like. And the fuck man, they
went crazy. They didn't like it.

Speaker 2 (47:33):
They were mad and they were right to be mad. Well,
they chased That was the opener.

Speaker 4 (47:38):
Yeah, yeah, it was ill advised. You probably should have
bagged on the women in your plan.

Speaker 1 (47:44):
After that, I probably shouldn't have mentioned women at all.
But these were different times.

Speaker 4 (47:48):
And then as they were screaming where You're like, this
is what I'm talking see, this is this is why
nobody plays here. I didn't know Carnegie opened a place
in Scotch Well he was Scottish.

Speaker 2 (47:58):
He was he was from Scotland. Yeah, they he changed.

Speaker 1 (48:00):
His father was a weaver and then the weaving business changed,
and so they moved to America and he started us steel.
I don't know how it wur time, but I think
he made a little money. He made a little money,
and he uh, he broke a lot of use.

Speaker 4 (48:15):
But then he felt really guilty start building shit for everybody.
Was like, you treated these They can't even get to
the library that you built. Yeah, because we're working for
fourteen hours. It's definitely the young in duality yet again. Yeah,
and here we come full circle. You know what, it's
a shoe of aou young young in duality. Maybe we
should call it that rather than joy, wouldn't it? Carl

Young Die nineteen sixty one. Wow, how did you know that?

Speaker 2 (48:40):
I'm a huge Youngian?

Speaker 1 (48:43):

Speaker 2 (48:44):
Very interested?

Speaker 1 (48:45):
You record your dreams? I used to, but I found
that I was manipulating them, and I stopped doing it.
Have you ever done that trip to a dreaming journal?

Speaker 4 (48:54):
I know, I can't hardly write down, oh right, my
name on a form so you could audio it, you.

Speaker 1 (49:01):
Could like, you know, yeah, But the truth is the
I stopped doing it because I found that I could
control them, oh, which felt weirdly counterproductive. I didn't like
it because you're like this tonight, I'm going to have
this crazy dream where yeah, yeah, yeah, it's almost like
Mary Poppins with land on my new sports car.

Speaker 2 (49:22):
Wait, you read my dream journal.

Speaker 4 (49:24):
Well I can go in and out of people's dreams
while they're asleep.

Speaker 1 (49:28):
Now that would be I don't know if you saw
a dreamscape is that was that in Dreamscape?

Speaker 2 (49:32):
I thought that was, isn't it Freddy Krueger doesn't he
do that?

Speaker 1 (49:35):
He does?

Speaker 4 (49:35):
Yeah, but Dreamscape was the first that was. Yeah, that's
a uh, what's the name Quaid? Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid?
Dennis not Randy's boy, because Randy Quaid? What's going on
with Randy?

Speaker 1 (49:48):
You know? I feel like everybody I know called Randy
is a little bit crazy. I mean, do you know
any Randy's that aren't a little off the beaten track?

Speaker 4 (49:56):
I don't. And Randy, of course we didn't. You have
a different meaning.

Speaker 1 (50:00):
And well, Randy and Bretton means very very horny. Yeah,
how bad for everybody named Randy.

Speaker 2 (50:07):
There's not that many people named Randy and Breton.

Speaker 1 (50:09):
There's a lot of guys named horny, but there's.

Speaker 2 (50:16):
The Horny Chateau.

Speaker 1 (50:17):
I think he was.

Speaker 4 (50:20):
No, So, yeah, you're right, So we don't hear from
him anymore, Randy Quiet.

Speaker 1 (50:25):
No, no, I didn't. I never heard from him, and
you never get in touch with me.

Speaker 2 (50:29):

Speaker 4 (50:30):
He was very good in that Midnight Express and he
played LBJ and he was great.

Speaker 2 (50:35):
What about Independence Day? Wasn'ey and Independence?

Speaker 1 (50:37):

Speaker 2 (50:38):
Yes, he was like drunk.

Speaker 1 (50:39):
But flying a plane, Yeah, I think it's a terribly
bad idea.

Speaker 2 (50:42):
By the way, you should never do that. I wasn't
ever going to do that. Well, I don't know. You
had to look about you like you were thinking, you
know what.

Speaker 1 (50:49):
Well, you're in the air. It's not like you can
do and nothing can go wrong. Well that's true now,
as you mentioned that, when the.

Speaker 4 (50:56):
Last time you got behind the the yoke of a plane.

Speaker 1 (51:00):
Ooh last summer, I think, all right, yeah, I like
to fly.

Speaker 2 (51:05):
I do do that, and you didn't like to fly.
I didn't like to fly.

Speaker 1 (51:08):
And then I learned to fly because I was ashamed
by Kurt Russell of old People.

Speaker 2 (51:14):
He was on the show and I was talking about
I didn't like flying.

Speaker 1 (51:17):
He was like, it's bullshit, You're just a control freak.
I was like, oh really yeah, And then he got
me in touch with a flat instructor and I learned
to fly, but then I went flying with Kurt Russell
when I only had about eight hours.

Speaker 2 (51:30):
Of flying experience.

Speaker 1 (51:31):
Wow, and you can't cry in front in front of
snake plisk and it's not cool.

Speaker 4 (51:37):
And did you think, like, boy, if this goes down,
whose name is going to be listed for?

Speaker 1 (51:40):
Oh? Man, I wouldn't even be mentioned. It'd be like
Kurt Russell and friend and Scott. But maybe friend would
be nice hey passenger, Yeah, I guess it would.

Speaker 4 (51:49):
I flew on a plane from a comic con with
the cast of Star Trek the next Generation, like LeVar
Burton's right there, and I'm like, LaVar's name would be
first because Patrick Stewart's not on board. Yeah, And I
was like, how is this going to go? I don't
I don't think thoughts like that are helpful.

Speaker 2 (52:08):
I don't think they're not helpful.

Speaker 1 (52:10):
Well, that's fair enough as long as it entertains you.
Where were you flying when you're flying from San Diego
to where they? Oh no, we were in uh boy,
North Carolina for.

Speaker 2 (52:20):
A comic co on. They have them there too. They
have them everywhere all over the planet.

Speaker 1 (52:24):
You do them for community? Is that comic on thing?

Speaker 4 (52:26):
I've only done two, right, and they're like, oh, you
can make this, and I was like, I all I
do is talk all day anyway, So it's talking to
people and using a lot of hand sanitizer.

Speaker 1 (52:37):
You're talking to me about this fucking podcast, right, Why
are you doing a podcast? I'm like, oh, no reason,
no reason at all. You don't like money. Actually, it's
it's not a hard thing. It's not a chore. It
talked to people. I mean the rule is for me,

you just talk to people, like and then you cool.

Speaker 2 (52:59):
Do you to people you don't know and have to
do a bunch of research?

Speaker 1 (53:03):
No. I mean even if I don't know someone, I
don't do research anyway because the way I figure it,
And this is what I always thought about in Late
Night too, like I'll just ask because we're going to
talk about it anyway. Yeah.

Speaker 2 (53:15):
So like when people say.

Speaker 1 (53:17):
Oh, did you see Steve Carell's movie, I'm like, no,
I'll ask him about it, so, well you should see
it before he gets here. Well, Well then I'll already
know and it will be fake. I'll just ask him
what the movie is about, and I'll genuinely be asking
him what it's about.

Speaker 2 (53:30):
He's not an ideot. He'll be able to tell me.

Speaker 4 (53:32):
Yeah, and you shouldn't expect everybody just like read the
book and watch all that.

Speaker 1 (53:36):
Yeah, that's oh, that's crazy. I remember Salmon Rushdie was
on the Late Night He was on the Late Night
Show a lot, and I was like, I haven't read
the book, man, I read Satanic verses. He went, did
you like it? I went, yeah, it's amazing, and he went, okay,
so this other one's pretty good, and then he just
talked about it. Yeah, he didn't expect me to read
as well. Maybe he did and he was just being played.

Speaker 4 (53:55):
I remember when Larry King said to Jim Carrey when
he was promoting Them with Jess.

Speaker 2 (53:59):
He goes, I've watched half of this movie.

Speaker 4 (54:02):
And I was like what an? And Jim Carret was
like half, Larry, and He's like, I didn't. I fell
asleep and I will I'll watch the rest later. And
he was like, oh, thanks, But I was like, I
think half is worse. That is worse than none.

Speaker 2 (54:18):
I think that is.

Speaker 1 (54:19):
Did you ever do when you had guests on the soup?
Would you like study them a little bit?

Speaker 4 (54:24):
I would, well, we would look into like sometimes we
would get pop stars from really big stars South America.

Speaker 2 (54:31):
I'd like, don't and then like he dated Jenna, like
Jennifer Aniston for ten minutes.

Speaker 4 (54:37):
I was like, all right, well great, so then we
would have them on, like before slum Dog Millionaire became
a thing, because we could always get people on the
way like on the yeah, yeah, yeah, on the way up,
on the way down.

Speaker 1 (54:49):
Never that's whoever I got as well, occasionally get people
who are in the zone, but once in a while, yeah,
Like no, we would put offers out to anybody cup there,
like sure, what did Elton John say, Like we have
not heard back.

Speaker 4 (55:00):
Yeah, but I will say when Taylor Swift, she was
only booking you know, Staples Center at this point, we
reached out like maybe she'll come on, and then her
people actually got back and they're like, she can't come on,
but if you guys want to take us to the show.
And I was like, oh great, now she's aces in
my book for the rest because she was one of
the only huge stars that ever got back to us.

Speaker 2 (55:20):
She I think she's pretty good news. Taylor Swift.

Speaker 1 (55:23):
Yeah, like she's like like she's the real deal. She's
like Dolly Parton. She can write and she can do
it all and she's super talented, and yeah, I'm kind
of impressed.

Speaker 4 (55:32):
Yeah she's and everyone I know that has gone to
her show, people my age and this one was like
she's the Beatles, and I was like maybe maybe okay,
Like she is, she's started a movement. And then people
will complain, They're like I've seen her four times, like
it's and people like, well, it's just the same show
over and over, and I'm like, well that's what everybody does.

Speaker 1 (55:56):
You two is doing right now.

Speaker 4 (55:57):
It's not like it's not like they're the change the
you know, the movie they're showing in the background.

Speaker 1 (56:02):
You know, it's funny. And people say, I'm sure, they say,
thats you. How do you come up with your comedy?
Nobody wants the real answer, which is I sit in
alone in the room for a long time with a
fucking computer and I work. Yeah, I think and I
think and I think can I write it?

Speaker 2 (56:17):
Or in your case, I.

Speaker 1 (56:18):
Said, I sit on a plane. You know what's dyslekes
as well? I mean he doesn't he doesn't write it?

Speaker 4 (56:24):
Well, that guy. He also how many days a week
is he on stage?

Speaker 1 (56:27):
Oh? He well, he never misses the Comedy Magic Club,
which is Sunday nights.

Speaker 2 (56:33):
Every Sunday night.

Speaker 4 (56:34):
The only thing that he made a miss it was
burning his face off and breaking his I.

Speaker 2 (56:38):
Don't know if he missed it.

Speaker 1 (56:39):
I think I think they got into Wheelmanno in the
gardeny he'd be like.

Speaker 2 (56:43):
And be like, oh, do you ever do an impression
of Leno to him?

Speaker 1 (56:48):
Yeah? I think I have done, but on his on
his show. I don't think I would do it in
polite conversation, but I've done it. Yeah, people do it
to me all the thame. Oh I fucking donky okay man.

Speaker 2 (57:00):

Speaker 4 (57:01):
I was on that car show showing off my nineteen
ninety Toyota land Cruiser made by Corsetti Cruisers.

Speaker 2 (57:07):
Oh that was a plug.

Speaker 4 (57:09):
And we were sitting there while the camera's on, Jay's talking.
We're talking, and then the camera goes off and we're
just kind of quiet, and I was like, Jay, what'd
you have for breakfast? And he was like, eh, peanbag,
yelly sandwich. I was like, in coffee and he's like, hey,
i's your coffee. No, he doesn't take hot liquids. Why,

I know it's a real thing for him. He's like,
no hot liquids. I'm like, what about soup. He's like, no,
soup is a is what about caspatra? That was my question.
Doesn't have that.

Speaker 1 (57:40):
And he's got real weird about liquid. He'll drink sodas,
like sugar sodas. Yeah, sugar sodas and water. Well.

Speaker 4 (57:48):
He for breakfast he had a glass of like full
fat milk.

Speaker 1 (57:53):
And full fat milk. He's kind of just like clue soup.
Basically it's a milkshake. Yeah.

Speaker 4 (58:02):
And then I was like, what are you gonna do
for lunch? He's like in and out Burger, And I
was like, what did you do yesterday for lunch? She's
like in and out And I'm like, okay, well.

Speaker 1 (58:10):
He legs man working for legs.

Speaker 2 (58:12):

Speaker 1 (58:13):
Well, listen, you're a joy as always. It's so good
to see you, man, it's so good to see you.

Speaker 4 (58:18):
To you other now for a long time, you know,
twenty fucking years, you were always.

Speaker 2 (58:23):
And continue to be so fucking kind.

Speaker 1 (58:27):
Oh and consider it, and you are well, you know,
all those nice Hollywood showbiz things. But but real back
to you. I was, but as you saying them to me,
obviously wasn't real because you still live in Los Angeles,
but I don't live in Los Angeles anymore.

Speaker 4 (58:42):
So do you remember when we went to I think
it was Madeo the Italian restaurant, Yeah, and we were
hearing like we thought was an old lady yelling at
Woody Harrelson. Yeah, and it turned out to be nutty
professor Jerry Lewis.

Speaker 1 (58:56):
Yes, it was Jerry Lewis.

Speaker 2 (58:57):
Yeah, because he was holding court.

Speaker 1 (59:00):
Like right, that was going way back. God nts right
and then the god that I remember that night, that
was weird. That was yeah, that was you and Sarah
were the one of the few people that Megan and
I would actually go out for dinner with and ollive
it because I don't know about you, but it can
get a little crazy in this time.

Speaker 2 (59:17):
It can get a little crazy. Yeah.

Speaker 4 (59:19):
But then I look at my friends back in Seattle,
I'm like, you all seem half nuts too.

Speaker 1 (59:23):
So yeah, everybody's fucking You introduced me to.

Speaker 4 (59:25):
Bob sagit you. Uh, But then I fell in love
with that man. I loved Bob.

Speaker 1 (59:33):
Bob came over visit visit us in Scotland and we
had there was this big We're having a big dinner
in this old house that I may or may not
own in Scotland, and there was like a lot of
people there and Bob had to go to the bathroom
just before we had dinner. So it was like fifty
people in this dining room and Bob went out.

Speaker 2 (59:52):
I said, all right, look, Bob's in the bathroom.

Speaker 1 (59:53):
When he goes back, we'll see Grace and well then
we'll all lift her, you know, left leg and smack
her heal with her right hand. And then I was like, okay,
so Bob come back and I said, Bob, you're just
in time for Grace, and we all say grace and
then we all left our left leg and smack to him.

Speaker 2 (01:00:08):
Both did the same, didn't mention about it.

Speaker 1 (01:00:10):
He's like total professional, like, okay, that's what you do here.

Speaker 2 (01:00:14):
This is what we do here. He fit right a well.
He was a sweetheart bull he was.

Speaker 4 (01:00:19):
He was the said like he would end his texts
with like I love you, yeah, I like eat my balls,
but I love you yeah. And I'd be like, you
would only do that if you love something that you
know what you're right, you gotta have some sort of affection.

Speaker 2 (01:00:34):
You can't do angry ball eating.

Speaker 1 (01:00:36):
Listen, no, what a weird way to end a podcast
or the greatest way I think the greatest way. Good
day to you, Good day to you.

Speaker 2 (01:00:44):
I bet you
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