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Episode 12

You Made It Weird

Anthony Jeselnik

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You Made It Weird #12: Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik (Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central Roasts, CD Shakespeare) is Anthony Jeselnik ALL THE TIME. This episode is a delightful and oddly honest and weird conversation about ego (Pete and Anthony discuss at length their egos and the importance of a performer’s ego), confidence, voice, persona, weed, traveling first class, likability, and of course sex and God. Plus a bonus track from the unreleased UCB NY CD about, fittingly, bragging. Enjoy, you weirdos!!

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Special thanks to Carvin for supplying us with the equipment we need to record this podcast! Check out Carvin.com for more information on recording equipment, guitars, amps and more!

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26 comments

  • I discovered Jeselnik a few weeks ago. I am JUST starting to do stand-up and watching Jeselnik’s career blossoming has really inspired me. I would kill to talk to him for just a few minutes. The guy is brilliant. I have never laughed so hard in my life.

  • This is the first of your nerdist podcasts I’ve listened to, obviously you have very cool friends and all but your peals of laughter (Pete) seem very fake and mocking, what’s up with that? It’s hard to listen to your your extensive monologues. OK, just work on the ratio, I know I only have a sample of a couple of your podcast but maybe I’ll give you one more chance….. edit edit edit :) I’m not saying it’s easy to do fo yo flo but keep trying to stfu and let your guests talk.

  • This is probably the only podcast anyone should listen to. I was walking and I stopped once you mentioned that the both of you only want stand up to be jokes and not punditry. That blew my mind because ever since I heard Sam Kinison as a teenager, I’ve looked at all stand up as somebody’s soapbox. I sat down for a good half hour looking at my morals. No other podcast has made me stop in my tracks.

  • Dude, what is in the holy Catholic water? So many Catho-Atheists…

    Anyhow, Pete, if you have not read “Misquoting Jesus”, it’s a solid, very fast read by a friendly atheist Biblical scholar, Bart Ehrman.

    It’s sort of poppy, but if you want some source material and commentary that’s also a good read, the same guy wrote “The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader” and “The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings”. I had to buy them in college and I like them more than Misquoting Jesus. I’ve been dragging them around for the last six years and rereading them and they hold up more than their older and harder to read counterparts. The fact that little bits of ridiculous stuff in current versions of the Bible seem to be translation errors or rampant political agendas from the last 2000 years is kinda comforting.

    Or you can scrap it all, watch Jesus Camp and cry for the world. (Scary Ass Shiz.)

    Btw, because it keeps coming up, I’m Christian, but the fear of death deal isn’t really a factor in faith choosing for me. If it were: reincarnation. All the way.

  • This is the first you made it weird podcast I listened to. Just for the record even though I haven’t flown anywhere since the birth of airport security theater I love hearing stories about how nice it is in first class (once a stewardess once brought me a sandwich from first class because the plane was almost empty – now I guess they’d cancel the flight to save gas).

  • I love that Pete & Anthony love what theyre doing. You should be your own favorite comic. The reason to be a comic, musician or any artist, is that theres something you want to see that hasnt been done yet. I for one write music (not professionally) because I feel like theres music I want to here and that I havent heard. Therefore I strive to create it, and hopefully when I get good enough and can communicate myself and my ideas, like Anthony and Pete are doing, it will be my favorite music.

    Thats my view and I thats what my favorite artists do.

  • Great episode, I saw Anthony last Friday here in Philly, he was awesome (walked right by me before starting, glad I didn’t say anything), and I made sure not to see a full stand-up special of his so that his act would be fresh, and it was. And I think he definitely has a likability that keeps him from being hated, but also the way he smiles and commits to his stage persona and being a comedian (talking to the crowd, analyzing joke responses), you can tell, without being a genius, that he doesn’t mean the things he says…but also that his cockiness is not 100% fake, either.

  • Possibly my favorite yet, for this podcast. That says a lot since, from start, I have been a fan. The humor, truth, opinions, and oppositions are are enjoyable and poignant. It is rare to find things that make me both laugh and think these days. Thank You.

  • I have been a fan of Pete Holmes for a long time, and am fortunate enough to be able to say that I know for a fact he is one of the NICEST possible performers! I look forward to finding a way to check this out; I enjoy the work of Jeselnik (and Glass) as well, so BONUS!
    Can’t wait to see Pete at Nerdmelt January 19th!

  • This was a great fun interview! Post break-up DRAMA!!!! I love drama!

    Also, Does Todd Glass intentionally try to infiltrate every nerdiest show? Or does Pete only do shows with Todd Glass performing in the background as a stipulation?