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Checkin’ in with Interviewees May 2014

Believe it or not, those interviewed by The Annual continue to live their lives and produce new content after being interviewed. Here’s a chance to catch up on some of their current projects/whereabouts.

Tom Cotter:

Tom is set to headline the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on August 8th in Jamestown, NY. In the next month you’ll be able to see him live in Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey. Click here for his current tour schedule.

Gaby Dunn:

Gaby now blogs for What’s Trending Live while making occasional appearances on the show. She has also launched a new webseries with her best friend entitled Just Between Us, you can hear her Five Minute Not-Cast on Soundcloud and you can read one of her latest pieces in The Jewish Daughter Diaries which will be released on May 6th.

Ron Funches:

Ron plays Shelly on NBC’s Undateable premiering May 29th at 9pm, you can watch the trailer above. In the coming weeks you can find him in Portland, Denver, and San Diego. Click here for his current tour schedule.

TJ Kincaid:

TJ continues to produce around 4-5 new Amazing Atheist videos a week he also runs a new show called The Drunken Peasants.

Colin Mochrie:

Whose Line back on TV, Colin and Brad Sherwood continue to tour together, but did you know that Colin recently released book combining classic literature with improv, it’s called Not Quite The Classics.

Greg Proops:

Greg has digitally released a new hour long special Greg Proops Live a Musso and Frank for $4.99 at gregproops.com. He also continues to tour and release The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast. You can see him live at The Bellhouse in Brooklyn, NY this weekend and across Europe throughout the rest of May.

Nick Pupo:

Hitting it’s one year anniversary a little over a month ago, Nick’s podcast Stand Up Close and Personal has been chronicling the lives of three open mic comics.

Justin Roiland:

Rick and Morty has been picked up for a second season and while the return does not yet have a premiere date, you can catch reruns on Adult Swim and hear Justin voicing Lemongrab and various other characters on Adventure Time

John Safran:

While appearing regularly on Austrailian television, John Safran’s recent projects include a true crime novel entitled Murder In Mississippi chronicling the murder of a white supremacist that John spent an uneasy couple of days with while filming his Race Relations special.

Nick Pupo

Artwork: David Luna
Artwork: David Luna

There is a man in Orlando, Florida. He’s often bitter, yet sincere, and he’s a true stand up comic. This is the life of Nick Pupo. 

David Luna: You’re a real comedian.

Nick Pupo: Sort of.

DL: Well, this is what you do, and this is what you want more than anything, isn’t it?

NP: Yeah, absolutely. It’s just that it’s a goddamn struggle

DL: How long have you been doing comedy?

NP: It’s been over two years now.

DL: Born and raised in Orlando?

NP: I think it was Altima, but I don’t really know. I forget everything that my parents tell me.

DL: Tell me about your first experience doing stand up.

NP: The first time I ever did stand up was at a place that I still go to every Sunday, Austin’s Coffee, and I was eighteen — I know this doesn’t make sense yet, because you’re like, “wait, you’re 23.” This is what happened. I went up, and I thought I was great. I had a great time. I brought out all my friends. The material I did I’m sure was shitty, but for a first time I guess it worked. So I thought I’d come back the next week and write an entire new five minutes, which really is ballsy, but actually idiotic. If your first time you have a good five minutes, or a decent five minutes, or what worked, whatever worked, come back next week and do it again. Do it again. Maybe work on it a little bit, tweak whatever needs to be fixed, but don’t write an entire new five minutes, you moron.

So that’s what I did. And I came back, and I drank a lot. Before I went onstage I drank a bunch of wine in the parking lot, because I was nervous, and I thought maybe I’d be funnier if I was drunk. And I went up, and I totally bombed. And I totally embarrassed myself. And at eighteen years old I decided, “I think I’m not gonna do that again. I don’t think I’m coming back.” So I didn’t for another two years, and when I was 20 I went back to the same place, did it again, had all my friends there so I had a good “set,” and it wasn’t until I ventured downtown, to other open mics around the city, that I discovered I had a lot of work to do and this is not gonna be easy, at all.

But that’s the thing is — I don’t know. There are so many times early on, early as in like, six months, or a year, or a year and a half, that you think like “Oh, I’ve got it! [snaps fingers] I finally get it! I get how comedy works!” I’ve been doing it now long enough to know that I have no idea what I’m doing, and it’s gonna take a while. But, you know, I’ve had my good nights. I’ve had plenty of good nights. But even the good ones, it’s just — it never seems like it’s enough.

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