by Ryan Meehan
“Anchored in pristinely written one and few-liners, Angelo…seamlessly incorporates hilariously satisfying misdirections, deft word play and physical (yet tasteful) punctuations throughout. In the end, Angelo was the highlight of the night.” – Laughspin. Comedian David Angelo is our guest today in 7 questions.
RM: When did you get into comedy and who were the comedians that you watched growing up? Was there any specific performance you saw that really inspired you to start writing your own jokes?
DA: I remember thinking Dana Carvey was hilarious. My mother was huge into “I Love Lucy” so I saw all those episodes a million times. The first real standup I was into was Bill Hicks, but not until my late teens. I can’t remember when I started to write my own jokes, but I was obsessed with “yo mamma” jokes in 5th grade and I think that was a big influence, honestly. These answers aren’t funny. Sorry. It’s gonna be very “Edward R Murrow” in tone going forward.
RM: For those who aren’t familiar, What’s “eEconomics” on Youtube and what’s the goal of those videos?
DA: That’s a little webseries I do explaining some topics in economics. The goal is to provide documented evidence of me being right while prevailing opinion was wrong. Also, maybe to have people learn something or get interested enough to learn about economics properly from someone who didn’t earn his fortune making Snooki jokes.
RM: Why do you think the average person isn’t more concerned with economic issues? Do you think it sort of starts with a general feeling that it’s not the most exciting of topics and then just kind of snowballs into further lack of interest or is it something more than that?
DA: It’s the worst topic. I don’t mind if people aren’t interested, but it seems like everyone acts like they KNOW what they’re talking about – and that’s the real pain. Money is everything though. I’m amazed people don’t bother to learn what it is considering they spend their entire adult life trying to accumulate it.
RM: I saw you a week or so back on “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld”…what makes that show different than all of the other panel shows on television?
DA: I have no idea. I like that show because it’s a panel discussion for the full hour, which is nice and gives you a lot of on-camera time and joke opportunities. Most shows just have panel for 5 minutes or something. Red Eye is the marathon. I also really like Greg and Andy [the hosts] (editorial note: I made that editorial note about them being the hosts myself).
RM: Out of all of the jokes you’ve ever written, which one are you most proud of and why?
DA: That’s like asking me which of my children I wouldn’t have forced my girlfriend to abort. That’s a pretty good joke. That one.
RM: What’s the one thing in the entertainment industry that you’d like to really pursue but haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so? Do you think in the next five years you’ll be able to accomplish that?
DA: Making money? No.
RM: What’s up next for David Angelo in the remainder of 2013 and into 2014? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
DA: I’ll probably be dead before the end of winter, but follow me on Twitter so people who don’t know any better think I’m popular. [editor’s note: @dwangelo] (I did that editor’s note again, too)
Official Website: http://davidangelo.info/
David on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dwangelo
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