I’m not really a fandom person… I barely feel like I even understand that word, but I follow the alternative comedy scene pretty closely. Comedy podcasts pretty much dominate the space on my ipod. I get excited every Monday to listen to the new Comedy Bang Bang, I get excited every Tuesday for the new How Did This Get Made, I get excited every Thursday to hear the new Improv4Humans, etc etc. I love a lot of comedians and will follow everything they do, Chelsea Peretti, Kumail Nanjiani, Harris Wittels, Paul Rust, Nick Kroll, Doug Benson, Jason Mantzoukas, Andy Daly, etc. I can name comedians all day. When I have the chance I like to go out and watch improv or stand-up. So yeah, I like comedy a lot.
Paul F Tompkins though, he such a favorite that I started a new paragraph to talk about how much of a favorite he is just now. It’s really rewarding to be a fan of Paul F Tompkins because he is so prolific that it seems you rarely have to go a day without him being hilarious in some form or another somewhere somehow. He’s such a talented versatile guy, I’m inspired by him, I definitely observe him and take notes and try to apply what I learn from him to what I do.
Jon Glaser is another guy I love, he’s one of the funniest people on the planet in my opinion. He was always one of my favorites on Conan, and it’s really cool to see him have his own show now. He also did this thing with Jon Benjamin (who is also a favorite person of mine) called Fuggedabuddies, which I’ve been watching like roughly once a month for a few years because it always makes me laugh. Youtube it.
Jack Handey, the man behind SNL’s “Deep Thoughts” back in the day, is one of my comedy heroes, and a person I feel I owe a lot of my sense of humor to. I definitely did “freak out” when he released his latest book “What I’d Say to Martians (and other veiled threats)”.
So yeah, comedy. Comedy makes me freak out.