BRIAN POSEHN
Interview by Night Watchman
Illustration by Staff Member #716

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FROM HIS ROLES ON MR. SHOW AND JUST SHOOT ME, BRIAN POSEHN HAS ALWAYS STOOD OUT AS A COMEDIC GENIUS. HIS CURRENT COMEDIC ENDEAVORS INCLUDE PENNING A COMIC BOOK-- THE LAST CHRISTMAS-- AS WELL AS STARRING IN COMEDY CENTRAL'S THE COMEDIANS OF COMEDY WITH FELLOW COMEDIANS PATTON OSWALT, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, AND MARIA BAMFORD. NIGHT WATCHMAN GOT THE SCOOP FROM BRIAN ABOUT HIS LOVE OF COMIC BOOKS, HEAVY METAL, AND NERD RAGE.
 
Night Watchman: I was looking around for background information on you, and under your listing on IMDb.com I came across a post from a person who calls themselves "jackiechanfan". Have you seen this?
 
Brian Posehn: No, I haven't.
 
NW: His post reads: "If there's anyone in Hollywood that's truly under-appreciated, it's this genius. His mere presence creates a vacuum in the galaxy, pulling all things comedy in his every action."
 
BP: (laughs)
 
NW: "They need to replace all character actors in every movie and television show with clones of this guy. Stand strong, Brian Posehn. Your time will come."
 
BP: I should tell you that I am "jackiechanfan".
 
Both: (laugh)
 
NW: That was my first question.
 
Both: (laugh)
 
BP: Wow, that's really nice. I do have my nerds-- about five guys who wear ill-fitting t-shirts and glasses and love me. That's about it-- five dudes.
 
NW: That's nice though. So, you guys are doing The Comedians Of Comedy on Comedy Central now. It was a tour where they followed you around, right?
 
BP: Yeah. It's the third time we did the tour together. They did a documentary of it last October with Patton [Oswalt], Zach [Galifianakis], Maria [Bamford], and myself. We shot that as a feature documentary for Netflix, and it looks like it's coming out this year. You know, small theaters in smart cities. After that, it'll be released on Showtime, and then on video on Netflix. And then right after that is when the new Comedy Central show will start, and that was of the new tour that we did on the East Coast.
 
NW: What was that like?
 
BP: It's definitely weird. I definitely have an appreciation for anyone who does reality... well, I don't have an appreciation for them, but I get it.
 
NW: (laughs)
 
BP: It's really weird. Patton and I-- even though it was his idea-- at one point we were like, "How good is this going to be? It's just a bunch of friends sitting around in a van." It's weird having cameras on you, because it forces you to be "on". None of us are really the kind of comedians who are on all the time. I mean, we have real conversations and aren't trying to get in punch lines all the time. But with the camera on, you really feel like you have to make it worth watching and get to something funny. It makes you self-conscious.
 
NW: At what point were you exhausted with trying to be funny the whole time?
 
BP: I felt like I hit a wall on day four or five. I needed to take a break. On this last tour, they were with us for twelve days. It doesn't sound like much, but when you think about it.... I'd go to bed and be alone with no camera on me in my hotel room, but as soon as I came out, the camera would be on. I'd come downstairs and they'd be in the lobby with the camera, immediately miking me. (laughs) It was fun the first four or five days, but after a while it's like, "Man, I just really want to have a thought that's not captured forever. I just want to be unfunny."

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