You’re labeled as many things — a comedian, musician, beat-boxer, and vocalist — but are you more of one than any other? Do you prefer one art form to the rest?
I like comedy and music equally. I would say that music is the most spiritually sustainable to me, so I need it in my act because I love it so much. All the different things I do are just like tools around me to use, and at the core is a creative person figuring out how to use them all as different forms of expression.
Do your talents always go together, or do you sometimes play music or perform comedy exclusively?
I’ve done [comedy] sets with no music at all, and it’s kind of liberating and good to know that I can do it, but I enjoy music being included. Music is a performance-enhancing drug for me.
Did you get involved in music or comedy first?
I mean, I’ve always been a goof, but I didn’t get formally involved with comedy until I was in high school. I’ve been playing music since I was 5, so for about 33 years.
Well you found a lot of success by combining music and comedy, with your hit single “Fuck Shit Stack.” On that song were you taking shots at hip-hop culture, or just making a parody video? What was your motivation?
It’s kind of a parody, but not really a parody. I love hip-hop, the beats and the lyrics, but what I hate about it is all the clichés. It’s all in fun though. I love poking fun at stuff that’s out there just to show how absurd things are. Some of the songs have so much meaningless profanity, so “Fuck Shit Stack” has a lot of profanity in it because I wanted to out-profanity hip-hop.
The song was a huge viral hit, which obviously brought you a lot of attention. Is that how Conan discovered you, or had you performed on his show before? How did you become the opening act on Conan O’Brien’s tour?
I actually never performed on Conan. A friend of mine, Todd Levin, is one of his writers, and Conan was asking if anybody knew of someone they thought would be good to open, and Todd told him to check me out. So he watched a few of the videos and liked what he saw.
Wow. That’s a pretty sweet gig to land, especially considering you had never been on his show.
Yeah, I guess it’s alright … [laughs] Are you kidding me? It’s been incredible.
I heard that you improvise all of your shows, and don’t know what you’re going to do or say before you go on. Is that true?
Yeah, for the most part the show is unplanned. We usually close with “Fuck Shit Stack,” and if something worked really well from a night before I may try to do something with it again, but on a good night, everything is improvised.
Do you ever get nervous that you won’t be able to come up with anything good for that night’s show?
No, because I guess I don’t really think about anything before I go on. I’m usually fucking around with something backstage and the tour manager will tell me it’s time to go on.
What do you have going on after the tour ends? Do you have any projects in the works?
Well on the tour I’m promoting my CD/DVD, “Why Shit So Crazy?” and I’ve got a pilot with Comedy Central that’s still in the works; it’s gonna be kind of a surreal variety show, and we start shooting in August.
And when that show is a huge success and you become the headliner of your own tour, who will you have as your opening act?
Oh man, I would probably have Rory Scovel. He’s one of my favorite comedians out right now.
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