#809 – Josh Shakespeare | Bill’s Long Lost Grandson… Probably

Sevan Matossian (00:02):

Bam, we’re live. I always wonder how the show starts for you guys. What is it? Is it the thumbnail? And then all of a sudden the thumbnail’s gone and the show just starts, like, you could be like somewhere else in the room and you’re just waiting for it to come on or something, and then you hear the audio turn on. Or what, how, how do you know the show starts? Is it the thumbnail after? I, I think after every show is recorded, I don’t know what the, what the time, uh, domain is on it. But after, after a little bit, it gets, uh, shoved over to Rumble. We have some automated process where it goes to Rumble. I just wish we could figure out how to make it go live on Rumble. Uh, some of you guys have been putting timestamps in the comments. I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really appreciate that when you guys put timestamps in the comments.


Uh, that saves me so much time. It’s, it’s, it’s, uh, it’s so awesome and I appreciate it. So those of you have been doing that when you see parts of the show you like and then you put timestamps, so then I can just grab ’em and then just, uh, upload ’em to wherever YouTube. That’s awesome. And it looks like we’ll be getting our Instagram going again. We had, uh, Fran set are doing it for a while, and then he moved on to bigger and better things. And so now we’re just, uh, in a holding pattern. But it looks like it’s gonna get going again. Josh. What’s up dude? Hey.

Speaker 2 (01:32):

Hey. What’s going on? Can you hear me perfectly?

Sevan Matossian (01:34):

Yeah, totally. Oh, that’s my life too. You got the rain going. Are you in California?

Speaker 2 (01:39):


Sevan Matossian (01:39):

Yeah. Oh, sorry. Me too.

Speaker 2 (01:42):

Oh, yeah. Yeah. I had a feeling I was like, he said, I kept looking up what P s T meant and I’m like, that’s this time zone, right? Like, why are we,

Sevan Matossian (01:49):

Um, uh, and usually when we try to do podcasts with people in California, they’re like, really? 7:00 AM

Speaker 2 (01:56):

<laugh>. Oh yeah, absolutely. I was very, very upset, but I was like, eh, fuck it. I, I, I’ve woken up, uh, a lot earlier for a lot. Um, well, shit, I didn’t wanna be up for, so I actually, I wouldn’t mind doing this at 7:00 AM

Sevan Matossian (02:09):

Hey, I really appreciate it. In the future, when we have you on, we’ll move it. We’ll make it to a time that’s conducive to you. What city are you in?

Speaker 2 (02:16):

I’m in, uh, Glaswell Park right now.

Sevan Matossian (02:18):

Where is that? What, is that northern or Southern?

Speaker 2 (02:21):

Uh, yeah, Southern Cal, uh, Los Angeles. I’m in, um, uh, it’s like 10 minutes outside of Glendale. I just tell people Glendale, cause nobody know wheres, where Glaswell Park is, even if they’ve been in California for like 20 years.

Sevan Matossian (02:33):

Okay. So I rarely see a comedian do an Armenian joke. And on your Instagram, I saw an Armenian joke and I’m like, how does he even know what Armenians are? <laugh>? And then I was like, ah. Cause he’s in, I should have known. I should have

Speaker 2 (02:48):

Known <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (02:50):

I should have

Speaker 2 (02:50):

Known. That’s one of my favorite jokes. Thanks. Yeah. Yeah. I live in, cause I, I live in, uh, Glendale, well, technically Glendale. Um, my, uh, gym, which is Golden’s gym. It’s in, uh, at the Glendale Galleria. I’m sorry if the rain is too loud. You can’t even

Sevan Matossian (03:03):

Hear me. No, you’re good. You’re good. You’re good, brother. You’re good.

Speaker 2 (03:06):

Okay, great. Cause I do have roommates and I’m like, ah, I don’t want them to fucking talk to me about the da, whatever. But, uh, yeah, so I go to, uh, Golden’s Gym at the Glendale Galleria, and it’s just nothing but Armenians there. Who all train and des Moit Thai Uhhuh <affirmative>. Wow. I I I’m around them all the time. I’m around so many vape shops, so Yeah, it’s <laugh> like a lot of people didn’t know who Armenians were until they got here.

Sevan Matossian (03:27):

Yeah. Uh, is that, is that big business for the Armenians? Because I, every time I’ve flown into la my Uber driver’s Armenian and after like five minutes, I, I hear he is got like 20 Uber cars and that’s his business. It’s like every armeen in the Uber business is the vape business big for them too.

Speaker 2 (03:41):

It’s the vape business. It’s, um, luxury car dealerships, which are all fronts for, you know, uh, drugs and more than likely guns. Uh, okay, good, good. They’re like the mafia over here, but they’re a lot fun. They, they’re a lot of fun.

Sevan Matossian (03:54):

And, uh, that’s awfully, uh, racist and prejudice of you to, uh, pigeonhole us in, uh, vape stores and

Speaker 2 (04:02):

<laugh> <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (04:04):

It’s so funny. Uh, so I’m obviously a hundred percent Armenian. And, uh, it, my dad came to this country and guess what he did? He ran a fucking liquor store. He ran a fucking liquor store. A Middle Eastern guy comes to the United States and runs a liquor store. Go figure. It’s so funny how, uh, people get freaked out by stereotypes and, and, and, uh, and the store next to my dad’s liquor store was a jewelry store, and that was another Armenian guy. And then the guy across the street was a carpet store, and that was an Iranian guy. And it’s like, yeah, people, certain people from certain ethnicities will gravitate, um, to, uh, to certain businesses. I’m trying to like, I’m trying to think the last time I went to a, um, cleaner and, uh, the owners weren’t Asian.

Speaker 2 (04:47):

Yeah. Um, it’s just, I actually got, uh, I did, I did alterations for a few jackets, uh, and the woman behind the counter wasn’t Armenian woman. So that, that is, but it, so that is Glendale

Sevan Matossian (04:57):

Died. Glendale transcends everything. Everyone there is Armenian,

Speaker 2 (05:02):

Everyone there. No, literally it’s nothing but wedding dresses. You also notice that too. I’m like, huh. There’s normally none of this where I’m from. But, but, but it is, I mean, you guys do it better. I will, I will say that you guys are very family oriented and you guys seem to value the dollar. I think most European immigrants do that. So, I mean, it’s definitely, uh, aspirational.

Sevan Matossian (05:24):

It was a trip for me living in, uh, Northern California. And then I, you know, going to Glendale and going into a Safeway because, you know, there’s no Armenians up here and then going down there and it was like, holy shit. Everyone in the Safeway speaks Armenian, like the checkers, the back. It was weird. It’s a, it was a really trippy phenomenon.

Speaker 2 (05:42):

Yeah. Armenian women are very, very beautiful. Truly

Sevan Matossian (05:46):

They are. I spent, I spent a little bit of time in Armenia and, uh, I was, I was quite surprised. Another, another thing is, is I’m surprised. I, I’m, I’m five five and I thought that, uh, when I would go to Armenia, I would tall, but no, I’m, I’m short, just like I’m short in the states. I’m short. Um, I was short in Armenia.

Speaker 2 (06:05):

I’m five four and uh, I can only buy jackets made by Asians, uh, or Italians because the men of these races are very, very short.

Sevan Matossian (06:14):

You know, what’s crazy about you being five four is um, you are completely proportional.

Speaker 2 (06:21):

Ah, that you know what? Genuinely,

Sevan Matossian (06:23):

So what, like, when you see you on video, say, say that again.

Speaker 2 (06:28):

That’s like some of the best comp. I’ve gotten that before, but not like this prominent. And that is just one of my favorite compliments. I appreciate that. Thank you so much.

Sevan Matossian (06:36):

They’re very, they becomes a point when a dude drops under like five, six, where there’s like weird shit. Like his forearms don’t match his thighs match his feet, match his head. And like, you can see him from, uh, I don’t a hundred feet away. And you’re like, something’s fucked up there. Like, he got, like, he didn’t, he’s not Down syndrome.

Speaker 2 (06:55):

No, but just like, either, but something’s wrong. Torso. Too big of a torso, too small of legs or two big legs and small torso. So I understood that going into it. I’m very, very, very meticulous about my overall appearance. Yeah. Which is why like, I can only get like jackets that are cropped with like, very like, low hands. Sometimes it’ll be a woman’s jacket because it, it only looks good. Like the, the jacket goes too low past the waist. Right. I can’t, I like wearing clothes that look like they were made for me specifically. So like, it’ll be anything from like a, maybe like a Top Gun Maverick jacket that like Tom Cruise wore. Cause he’s like five eight or something like that. Or it’ll be like, uh, uh, like very, very slim chinos. Anything that makes the body look like I’m taller than I actually am or everything just looks very well fit. It’s, it’s a very, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (07:44):

Uh, before I, I want to talk to you about being in Fight four, uh, for a second, but before I do, I want to introduce everyone to, uh, how you popped up on my radar. I’m gonna play this clip from, um, Instagram <laugh>. And this is, hey everybody

Speaker 2 (07:55):

By the way.

Sevan Matossian (07:56):

It’s, uh, this is Josh Shakespeare and uh, I, this clip popped up on my Instagram and I was an, uh, uh, instant fan

Speaker 2 (08:07):

<laugh>. Um,

Sevan Matossian (08:08):

And I think so Nice. I’m it

Speaker 2 (08:10):


Sevan Matossian (08:11):

Yeah. I can’t wait to get to your origins. How you got to think the way you think because for me it was, uh, how, how old are you?

Speaker 2 (08:18):

I’m 24 now.

Sevan Matossian (08:19):

Yeah, it didn’t happen. I’m 50 and it didn’t happen to me until I was like 48 and it took a lot of people fucking reprogramming me. But it’s amazing how clearly you think. But anyway,

Speaker 2 (08:29):

Uh, oh, thanks. I appreciate it.

Sevan Matossian (08:31):

<laugh>. Here we go. This is the clip I saw that got my attention. Here we go.

Speaker 3 (08:34):

So funny. Kyle Renell is hilarious of it cuz he, he, he went to, he went to a b LM protest of Black Lives Matter protests. It was like hundreds of thousands of black people there. And he specifically only shot and killed like a domestic abuser and a pedophile <laugh>. That’s why it’s hilarious. Everybody was like, oh, he’s a white supremacist. I was like, nigga, are you sure this nigga’s not the Punisher <laugh>? I woke up and chose justice. That’s so

Speaker 2 (09:01):

Funny. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (09:03):

Um, how, how, so when you come up with that and, and, and also I’m a, uh, I’m a, uh, closet comedian. I’m such a wannabee comedian. N uh, never been on stage. I hide here in my little office and crack jokes to people on the internet. How, how, how did you come up with that? Do you remember when that joke hit you?

Speaker 2 (09:20):

Uh, ooh, that’s a good question. Do I remember when that joke hit me? Yeah, it was actually, uh, so rarely does this happen, but it was over the span of two days. Like most jokes takes mediums like weeks, months, sometimes mi years, a lot of the times. But for me, um, because it was, uh, it was a joke where I thought to myself, okay, so we have the fact here and how can I just kind of flip it on everybody else?

Sevan Matossian (09:45):


Speaker 2 (09:45):

It’s very difficult to, to make facts that make people uncomfortable. A lot of the times funny. Um, uh, especially when there’s like this, this level of denial going around the country. There’s like this atmospheric admitting that I’m wrong would somehow, um, reshape my whole identity. So it was, yeah, it was a, it was nighttime, um, and I was planning on going up the, like the next day. So it just, I was writing and I was like, let me just come up with this ideally to see if I can just take another stab at this. Because I’ve tried to make jokes about this in the past, like maybe right when it happened, like a year or a year ago because it was a trial that was going on for a very long time. I tried to make dozens and dozens of jokes about it and they just never worked. Um, but it was on that angle of like a white guy who you guys call a white supremacists that only shot other white people. That’d be like the worst. That’s like the worst white supremacist I’ve met in my life. Like, I used to have a joke where I’d be like, if I worked for the K and Kyle came into the office that day and he was like, yeah, by the way, I went to a BLM protest. I didn’t kill any black people, but I tried to, I’d be like, dude, you’re fire.

Sevan Matossian (10:55):

You’re demoted.

Speaker 2 (10:56):

You’re demoted

Sevan Matossian (10:57):

Not through. Wrong guys

Speaker 2 (10:58):

Turning your, turning your hood.

Sevan Matossian (11:00):

Please. You didn’t even get an air over an Armenian, you just got straight white dudes

Speaker 2 (11:05):

<laugh> and they had like tattoos. They looked like one of us. Yeah. Why are you, do you know how to do this?

Sevan Matossian (11:12):

Hey, it is, it is pretty crazy. Uh, and, and then you have to, and well, on top of that you have to be up to on all the current events, right? You have to read about it. Like, I had to go outta my way and read that the guy, one of the guys that was shot was got outta jail earlier that day or the night before. He had sodomized like seven kids between the age of seven and 16. Like, I had to like dig to find that and that he was actually going down the street screaming nigga, like that’s what he was doing. And that dude took a and it’s like, wait, uh, maybe Kyle Rittenhouse was with the BLM protest.

Speaker 2 (11:48):


Sevan Matossian (11:49):

You know what I mean? It’s like, are you fucking kidding me? How is any, I mean, I, I don’t wanna condone violence, but how is anyone upset? I mean, I’m a father of three kids. How is anyone upset that that guy got killed?

Speaker 2 (12:00):

Oh yeah. No, I, I was, uh, I said this before. Um,

Sevan Matossian (12:02):

So, but you have to research that. What if your audience didn’t know the answer to that? What if they didn’t know that then do they not get the joke?

Speaker 2 (12:09):

They would see a lot of what in my standup, um, because I cover a lot of topics just like this. A lot of it is explaining a lot of set, a lot of the setup is explaining and then making the joke and then the, the trick is to be as interesting as possible for that amount of time it takes for you to explain something where you go, oh, well he said this and people think this. Here’s the joke. So it is, uh, uh, like, uh, playing tennis almost with the audience and seeing if they know how to use their racket. It’s, it’s, it’s a lot. But I found out, I knew about the whole Kyle Rittenhouse situation, like sort of the day, it was the days following the incident and the independent leagues, I’m not sure if you were on Twitter at the time, but when a lot of these

Sevan Matossian (12:52):

Rides, I I don’t do too much Twitter. I’m stuck on Instagram.

Speaker 2 (12:55):

Very good. Twitter. Yeah. Neither door I I I left Twitter years ago. Um, but like, uh, I followed many, many accounts at the time, um, uh, through like a burner Twitter account where I just use it, just this maybe like for material or whatever. Yeah. And, um, yeah, like, like the day after it happened, people would post independent links or videos from people that were around Kyle at the time. So I kind of knew the truth as it was coming out by like Andy Noe and all these other, um, independent.

Sevan Matossian (13:25):

Yeah, actually, and it’s funny, I do know I say I don’t do Twitter, but I know his Twitter, I know that dude’s Twitter account, I get notifications.

Speaker 2 (13:30):

Exactly. Exactly. And so when the riots were happening, he like had like the videos ground level of everything that was going on whenever before this CNN or any kind of corrupt news source could get their hands on it. So I, I kind of immediately knew like the day after he shot the guys, I saw the video of Kyle Whit there, like, oh yeah, I’m here to like clean up for the businesses and shit. And I was like, oh, he didn’t, he didn’t literally did anything wrong to me. So, um, so yeah,

Sevan Matossian (13:56):

He, I think he’s gonna get Rich. Josh.

Speaker 2 (13:59):

Um, he, I think he already is. Have you seen his girlfriend? I mean, no.

Sevan Matossian (14:02):

Amazing. Is she

Speaker 2 (14:02):

Smoking? He’s very, very attractive. Absolutely gorgeous. Good for him. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (14:07):

Yeah. I think he’s, I think those law, I think he’s gonna win those lawsuits against those, uh, like CNN and stuff. And I think he’s gonna get crazy rich

Speaker 2 (14:16):

As he should. Same thing with the Covington kids. So

Sevan Matossian (14:19):

I is, uh, which one is the Covington kid? Is that the one at, uh, at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?

Speaker 2 (14:24):

I believe so. Where the uh, where where he is just smiling and

Sevan Matossian (14:27):

The Yeah, the Native American guy and him are in a face to face off.

Speaker 2 (14:30):

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And, and like everybody across the country were like, I know that smile.

Sevan Matossian (14:36):

You know what’s crazy is I fell for that.

Speaker 2 (14:38):


Sevan Matossian (14:39):

That’s, it’s before I saw so easy before, before I saw the, all the footage, I, I thought, you know, in my man, in my mind I had thought that he went over and was taunting the Native American guy. And then when you see the whole footage, you see the Native American came over and got in his face. And at that point I was like, I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t tolerate any adult getting in my son’s face like that.

Speaker 2 (14:57):

No, no, absolutely not. And optic wise, I’m gonna be completely honest, just because I don’t concern myself with any of this too much. Uhhuh <affirmative> just looking at the photo, I’m like, okay, I could see how it looks like he’s laughing in the guy’s face and he’s taunting, but I’m like, oh, is the completely different. Ah, it was, it was, I I completely, no, no, no shame, no judgment. I get it.

Sevan Matossian (15:21):

Yeah. Cra it’s, it’s, it’s crazy. Um, how, how long have you been doing standup?

Speaker 2 (15:26):

I’ve been doing, uh, it for four years now.

Sevan Matossian (15:30):

And and how many ups is that?

Speaker 2 (15:33):

Meaning like what do you mean? Like ups

Sevan Matossian (15:35):

H how many times have you gotten in front of a crowd and in, uh, and Pedaled jokes, pedaled humor pedaled.

Speaker 2 (15:42):

It’s gotta be like, it’s gotta be like at least over a thousand now. There’s like a little bit over a thousand.

Sevan Matossian (15:48):

I, I can’t even believe that that the, the few comics that I’ve had on here, that’s what they do. Um, I had a, um, this guy on here, Hans, I don’t know if you know him, but he’s, I saw him from um, kill Tony. He’s an Asian dude. He’s had a couple things go viral too. And he sounds

Speaker 2 (16:03):


Sevan Matossian (16:04):

I think he got a gig opening for Joe Rogan, but he told me that he was living in a van doing two shows a day for like a year. Yeah. And I’m like, I can’t even get my head wrapped around that.

Speaker 2 (16:15):

There are a lot of us who actively choose to live in our cars and, and their vans too. I know a few comedians like that as well. Yeah. And they do and they manage to, they manage. So, you know, as long as they do what they love and I, I wouldn’t choose to live in a van. I if I had the choice, but, you

Sevan Matossian (16:31):

Know. Yeah. I don’t think he, I don’t think he wanted to. It was, I don’t think he wanted to. Especially it was in New York City.

Speaker 2 (16:37):

Yeah. Oh. Oh, Jesus Christ. I didn’t know it was in New York. Yeah. Oh fuck that. No, I had the choice cuz I’m from Connecticut. I had the choice to either live in New York or LA and I chose LA because the weather, and I realize I’m saying that as it’s hailing right now, but, but you get the,

Sevan Matossian (16:52):

Um, is is it weird being in the hive LA is really fucked up like worse than north. By that I mean you got all the dudes who are just completely terrified of covid, the masks, the crazy wokeness, the, it’s absolutely not unable to distinguish between, um, you know, gender and sex. All all you got all my my all the relatives, you know, we haven’t gone to family gatherings down there cuz we wouldn’t wear a mask.

Speaker 2 (17:16):

Oh yeah. And I commend you guys for sticking to it. Truly. Um, you guys are very, very strong. I I still to this very day, despite the fact that people still wanna forget all of this happened or how they behave for the past three years, despite the Project Veritas video, I, I, I commend you and I and uh, we, we would’ve gotten along very, very well during the pandemic, if that’s the case. But, um,

Sevan Matossian (17:38):

Is it hard being

Speaker 2 (17:39):

There? Um, it, it used to be for, it used to be hell for the first, uh, right during and then after the pandemic. Um, but now it feels as if we fully, a lot of people have fully let it go because I, I went to, uh, there’s like this business that I, there’s this comedy, you know, the Comedy store, right?

Sevan Matossian (17:59):

I don’t know it, I mean I know of it just because of from just from Instagram, from seeing all the, the comedians there.

Speaker 2 (18:05):

Right, right. So on that stripping in the areas where like the si the big cities and stuff, um, those areas. Uh, I went past a store that I used to walk down to go to the comedy store all the time and they used to have outdoor seating. And I went there again about like a week ago. It’s gone, you know, when they would have like those, uh, translucent setups on the curb so people could just like sit outside, but like if people walked by Covid wouldn’t get them or some shit. Uhhuh <laugh> that’s gone now. So I was like, oh wow, we’re, we’re fully, completely out of it. But you still see people wearing masks. But yeah, everyone here basically used to be a Nazi for, for about like two years straight, three years straight, if anything. And I can’t despite, oh, go ahead.

Sevan Matossian (18:48):

No, no, you go ahead just by, sorry. You go ahead.

Speaker 2 (18:49):

No, I was gonna say like, despite me reminding them, they, they seem to not care or want to remember, so, but go ahead.

Sevan Matossian (18:55):

Are they scared now that they um, that they all got the shot and they’re seeing what’s coming out? Are they scared?

Speaker 2 (19:00):

Absolutely. I, I, I’d say so. Yes. I, I was um, doing a show last night. No, no, no. Um, a couple of nights ago I was on stage and I was like, Hey, did you guys see the Project Veritas video? And then like, one guy like laughed and said, no, cuz he was like, cuz he knew what I was talking about. But he was like, no, I didn’t see it. And I was like, you, you did see it. And it was that, it was in that moment that I realized, oh, like this video has like over a million views just in the span of a couple hours. I know most people have probably seen it, but just are pretending they haven’t So it it’s

Sevan Matossian (19:31):

Because it’s too scary. It’s too scary. Right.

Speaker 2 (19:34):

It’s way, way too. Yeah, of course. I mean imagine seeing something so, uh, identity shattering. See, imagine seeing that where you just, you literally see the super villain

Sevan Matossian (19:46):

Just, you found out that the drug you took to, that you thought was gonna save your life is actually a ticking time bomb waiting

Speaker 2 (19:54):

To Yeah, you were, you you were the experiment. You were the

Sevan Matossian (19:56):

Experiment. A heart attack. Yeah. Yeah. You were the experiment.

Speaker 2 (19:59):

Literally. I I, I love seeing memes like that where they were like, uh, like I, I know people that can’t afford water right now, but the, but the vaccine comes with a free burger and fries. I was like, you know, but I was like, come on. You know, and then you have what’s going on with in, in Ohio right now and, and medical professionals telling everyone it’s okay. I’m like, these are the people who said they had your best interest at heart health-wise two years ago. So it doesn’t, it just doesn’t pan out. But, you know, it is, it is horrible out here.

Sevan Matossian (20:30):

Is it all fodder for your comedy?

Speaker 2 (20:32):

Uh, absolutely. It’s, it’s a blessing and discu. It’s, it’s a, it’s bittersweet cause I get a lot of material from it, but then at the same time I get a little too frustrated and then I get, I start to get a little unfunny,

Sevan Matossian (20:42):

So Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You definitely don’t wanna do that.

Speaker 2 (20:45):

No, it’s, but it’s a hard, it’s a hard line to walk cuz a lot of these things do make you very passionate.

Sevan Matossian (20:52):

There was this, um, clip going around of a New York City comic and he was talking about, I, I wish I had it, but it just reminded me of it. And his whole shtick is just bashing the people who live in New York City about how if, if it wasn’t for the people in the Midwest, if it wasn’t for the, the red states, you wouldn’t be able, you wouldn’t have milk, you wouldn’t have food, you wouldn’t have electricity. And he is just, it, it’s a fucking I, if I find it, I’ll send it to you. Absolutely. But I wonder if you could Absolutely. I wonder if you could make a whole, can you survive there? Just your shtick, just being bashing liberals. Um, bill, who is it? Bill Burr, he’s kind of gone down that route, right?

Speaker 2 (21:29):

Yeah. Is that the guy? Deakin? He has, um, yeah, yeah. You are, yeah. You’re thinking of him. And um,

Sevan Matossian (21:33):

And Bill Maher’s kind flipped his script, right? And Bill Maher’s kind of flipped a script.

Speaker 2 (21:37):

Yeah, he has, he really has. Um, I was never a Bill Maher avid supporter or anything like that because it was just, that wasn’t really my thing that, that type of late night. But I have seen a few of his clips recently and he is, he, he seems like he knows what he’s talking about. Um, bill does do that. Um, it’s always great to see Bill go up because he has a way of, for some reason making it work because not everybody could pull it off, even myself included. So yeah, it, it, that’s not all my material either is just, is just bashing liberals. These are, these are just, you just ca catch the most controversial opinions that I make jokes about that, um, exist sort of in like this little bubble of time because, you know, I wanted to drop a lot of these jokes before people officially stop caring or don’t remember who I’m talking about anymore. So, uh, yeah, but no, no, no, that, I wouldn’t say that’s my entire shtick would be shitting on liberals. It’s more so just like being like, well this is your argument and let’s unpack it.

Sevan Matossian (22:38):

Fair, fair. That, and, and that sounds better to keep a clear mind. Were you, were you ever, uh, a liberal, did you have, did you, did you make a journey? Did you make a journey that you would think is a blue to red pill journey?

Speaker 2 (22:49):

No, no. I’ve always just been, I’ve always just been centrist as far as like, or, or rather moderate as far as just heavily capitalizing on common sense. Um, because a lot of people now are seeing things coming out about certain conservatives or certain Republicans as far as inconsistencies in their, in their logic or what they claim they fight for. And then you see this on both sides. So I’m just like,

Sevan Matossian (23:12):

Yeah. Right. I agree.

Speaker 2 (23:13):

If they have a lot of, if they have too much money or, or a lot of money like that, they, they u they usually aren’t, they usually don’t have your best interest despite what they may say, but some may be better than others. But I’m like, eh, I’d rather just be like, all right, that’s just not right. But let’s just make fun of it at the end of the day.

Sevan Matossian (23:31):

Were you born in LA?

Speaker 2 (23:33):

No, I was born in, uh, Florida, but raised in Connecticut.

Sevan Matossian (23:37):

Yeah, just from a young age you went to Connecticut?

Speaker 2 (23:40):

Uh, yeah, like I, I was like probably like three or something when I moved over to Connecticut. Like I had, I didn’t even remember. I had no idea what was going on

Sevan Matossian (23:47):

And it, and it was And that’s where you were raised until, uh, until you came out to LA

Speaker 2 (23:53):

Yeah, until uh, 19. Um, like at the age of 19, that’s when my mother and I drove across the states from Connecticut all the way to California and then I moved out here. So, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (24:05):

And, and why did you drive across with her?

Speaker 2 (24:09):

So we, it was too much to like, move all my stuff via like, flight. So, um, she booked a flight like a few days in advance and then we drove across the states just so she could basically make that flight back to Connecticut. Cuz we also got the car in Connecticut and then drove it, ar here, we couldn’t like it, it was too much to have it moved from Connecticut over there.

Sevan Matossian (24:32):

Is that, was that your, was that your first time leaving home?

Speaker 2 (24:35):

Absolutely, yes.

Sevan Matossian (24:37):

So at 19, um, your mom helped you move to Los Angeles to, were you going to school here in Los, in Los Angeles or first, what was the goal?

Speaker 2 (24:47):

The goal was just to find a job here, um, and do just acting in comedy because, uh, I did it when I was 18. I used to travel back and forth from Connecticut to New York to do background acting. And then at that time I was in a couple of major shows that were going on in New York, like Law and Order or, um, uh, tell me a story on like t b s like the streaming platform, uh, or cbs, bs, excuse me. And, uh, yeah, so I was like, you know what, let me just fully move to, because there is no comedy scene or acting scene in Connecticut. So I was like, I can’t, I want to kill myself. I’m here any longer. So I, uh, I just decided to move over here to the Golden State. Um,

Sevan Matossian (25:26):

And what is the, uh, is there a goal, um, is the goal to be an actor, uh, a film actor, TV stage in the comedies just to keep you sharp? Or is it just to, what is the goal? How, how do you see what you’re doing? How do you see yourself? So

Speaker 2 (25:41):

The goal, um, the goal is to just be really, really, really, really good at comedy. Really, really funny. Uh, make comedy and make content that people can really connect with. Um, uh, it, it used to not be like that. It used to just be like, oh, I wanna have this hot take and go viral, but now there’s like a, a much more holistic approach to it. So there’s that. And then, yeah, I also do want to be, uh, really, really good at acting. I wanna be successful at acting like dude do commercials and TV shows and stuff like that. It used to be, I, I wanna be like this. I I used to really, really want to be this like almost Denzel type of actor where I’m like winning Oscars and stuff, but I was like, nah, I actually have more of a passion for, for comedy specifically. So, so I’d say the acting is just to keep there that side sharp and, and there’s also like the financial aspect of it. But yeah, comedy seems to be the first love. And then I also make my own videos. So yeah, I can see director and uh, writer in the future, like for scripts and stuff. Cause I’ve always done that even when I was younger. So

Sevan Matossian (26:45):

Yeah, the, you, there’s a lot of effort, um, and thought and details into, into the videos on your YouTube. I always trip on that. I’m like, oh man, he j he spent, he spent, you know, six hours setting this up for, you know, a a 45 second video

Speaker 2 (26:59):

And yeah. Was how a lot of the content is, uh, going back. It’s, it’s not that good. But I did put the, my best foot forward. I did cut corners a lot when I was, uh, younger in the game. Um, but now that I’m older now and seeing what it takes, I’m like, oh, should I need a new computer? I need this type of equipment just, just to make the process a little bit faster because I’m using a very old computer at the moment. So, um, but I did, yeah, I, uh, I did a lot of the content before. It was, uh, good. A lot of it was bad, but some of it was great. And I did have a lot of fun making it. So,

Sevan Matossian (27:33):

So, uh, 2, 250 days a year, you’re on stage for the last four years,

Speaker 2 (27:38):

You could say. So yeah. Yeah, I’d say that.

Sevan Matossian (27:42):

And, and do you ever do two a days?

Speaker 2 (27:44):

Uh, yeah. I, I, um, the past, uh, dare I say month, um, yeah, has been two to three going up two to three times, um, every other day.

Sevan Matossian (27:56):

Oh, shit. And do you hate that or do you like that

Speaker 2 (27:59):

A little bit? Both. I think, yeah, every, I mean, even like the, the, the best actor, the best comedian, eventually you’re going to start to hate it and then like it, and then love it. And then it’s, it’s, everything has like its own ebb and flow. I think chefs hate making food sometimes.

Sevan Matossian (28:14):

Hey, Josh, as these four years go on, do you see yourself taking more and more risks? So I’ve been doing this podcast every day for let’s say two years. I’m, I, I don’t know if that’s true, but let’s just say every morning 7:00 AM I do this podcast. Awesome. And, um, and I go through, uh, little growth spurts in like, things that I’m willing to take the risk to do. So I’ve been using, I’ve been in the last like five or six months, I’ll, I’ll do voices. Like if someone does something to annoy me, like, like if, if I’m, uh, if I’m reading a something Joe Biden said or something, something like, oh, and Joe’s really scared of the, and, and, and the first time I did that I’m like, holy shit, what am I doing? Or like, I’ll sing a few bars even though I can’t sing and I’ll catch myself taking risks that I would’ve never taken do. Is, is, do you, um, do you, how, how, how do you develop? Do you, when you see yourself getting better or developing, are you kind of shocked to see, to see stuff that comes outta your mouth? You’re like, oh, and you get a little bit of panic even.

Speaker 2 (29:12):

No, not panic. Um, there have been times in the past where it was mild shock at like, well, where did that come from? But the more, um, let’s see.

Sevan Matossian (29:25):

Do you know what I’m saying? Like, if you, you have to constantly be developing and pushing further, right? Let’s say you’re a highwire artist, um, and, and you start walking on a, on a rope that’s like eight inches wide, but by the end, every, every year you gotta make it narrow and narrow and take more and more risks. And then eventually you have to learn how to juggle. And then you gotta get out there on a unicycle and then you gotta get out there holding a bitch with one hand and it’s like, holy shit. I, I’m assuming it’s gotta be like that with comedy. You have to, yeah, because I feel like that with the podcast, I have to every day do something that makes me a little uncomfortable and push the margins of my failure, you know, push out to margins. Absolutely. That’s exactly, yeah.

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