In the world of music, a behind-the-scenes look is quite common. Whether it's in the form of a studio video, social media update, or released demo, music listeners have a general idea of what a band or artist is going through in the weeks, months, and years leading up to a new album. That type of peek behind the curtain is far, far less frequent in the world of stand-up comedy--or at least it was. With my new weekly (for now) column Behind The Bits, I'm going to be speaking with some wonderful comedians to get a glimpse into their process, see where they draw their inspiration, and hopefully get a little background on great jokes they themselves have written.
This one got off the rails, and I mean that in the best way possible. I knew I was in for a real treat when I booked my talk with "The Comic's Comic" Andy Kindler, but I had no idea the direction our conversation would take. Think of this less as a "Behind the Bits" and more of a podcast. Clocking in at nearly an hour and a half, my talk with Andy involved none of my prepared questions and an opinion on just about every current comedy event. We cover the recent Franco Roast, the incident involving Dave Chappelle in Hartford, CT, try and understand the success of comics like Dane Cook and Whitney Cummings, and even talk about comedian Taylor Williamson making it all the way to the finals of America's Got Talent. There hasn't been an episode even remotely like this yet, and honestly, until I talk with Andy again, I don't think there will be another. I really, really hope you guys enjoy this one, because I had a blast.
As always, drop a comment or PM if you have a recommendation for a comic you'd like to see on a future Behind the Bits, and make sure to stop by the AP.net homepage every Wednesday for new installments. We've hit the ground running, friends. Many cool talks lie in store.