5 QUESTIONS WITH GABE LIEDMAN

Comedian Gabe Liedman

Comedian Gabe Liedman

by Ryan Meehan
 
Gabe Liedman is a standup comedian living in Brooklyn, NY. You may know him from VH1, The Onion News Network, or This American Life. He recently wrote for Billy on the Street (Fuse & Funny or Die) and Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) airing in December 2012 and April 2013 respectively.  And he’s our guest today in 5 Questions.
 
FOH:  Could you tell us a little bit about your debut album “Hiyeeeeeee!!!”?  Are you pleased with the way that it turned out?
 
GL: I love it, yes! I feel like it turned out perfect. It’s just one set, start to finish, recorded at UCB LA. I like the improv’s, the audience reactions, all the jokes landed, so I think it’s a great record of that night.
 
FOH:  How did you get into doing standup comedy and was there anything about the entertainment industry that was not what you expected?  
 
GL: I got into standup from the improv and sketch world. From the very beginning, I did a duo act with Jenny Slate that really blurred the line of what standup is. Then, by the time I started doing solo standup, I had a whole different idea of what I could do and call it “standup.” Something about the entertainment industry that’s surprised me so far is that it’s a viable option for what to do with my life.
 
FOH:  How did you come into contact with the people at The Onion?  What were the people who work there like?  
 
GL: I first got in touch with the a lot of The Onion folks in college, in New York. When the video division started, I contributed a little as a writer with ideas and headlines. Then, a couple years later, they were looking for an on-camera entertainment correspondent and I auditioned. I think it’s still the only part I’ve “booked” s far through an audition.

Video here: http://www.theonion.com/video/witch-who-granted-beyonce-beauty-and-fame-takes-si,27002/

FOH:  What is your weekly comedy show with Max Silvestri in Brooklyn like?  In other words, is there a theme?  Why did you guys pick Wednesday?  
 
GL: We are in our 5th year of Big Terrific now which really blows my mind. There is no theme per se, it’s just a weekly free standup show that showcases our favorite comedians. It’s always been out mission to just keep the quality of performers way up, and the vibe really friendly and easy. It’s proven to be a really winning combo. I’m not sure how we came up with Wednesday nights! That’s a good question. I think it just happened? Oh, and Max is THE BEST.

FOH:  When it comes to the writing process, is there any part of it that you absolutely dread?  
 
GL: Getting started. That’s where all of my effort goes. The rest is all good and fun, it’s the sitting down to do it that is agonizing.

FOH:  Where do you see standup comedy in twenty years?  Will it look, sound, or smell any different?  
 
GL: Oh wow, I have no idea? I could have never seen the last 5 years coming, so 20 from now? I just hope I’m super attractive, and can maybe fly? The rest of the comics can choose their own futures.

FOH:  What’s next up for you in the twelve months that follow?  Any big plans?  
 
GL: I’m making the move to LA in the next couple months, which is big for me. I’ve been in NYC for about 12 or 13 years now, Philly before that. So, yikes? But I’m looking forward to it big time. I’m a rare New Yorker in that I think LA rules.

Gabe’s official Website: 

by Ryan Meehan
 
Gabe Liedman is a standup comedian living in Brooklyn, NY. You may know him from VH1, The Onion News Network, or This American Life. He recently wrote for Billy on the Street (Fuse & Funny or Die) and Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) airing in December 2012 and April 2013 respectively.  And he’s our guest today in 5 Questions.
 
FOH:  Could you tell us a little bit about your debut album “Hiyeeeeeee!!!”?  Are you pleased with the way that it turned out?
 
GL: I love it, yes! I feel like it turned out perfect. It’s just one set, start to finish, recorded at UCB LA. I like the improv’s, the audience reactions, all the jokes landed, so I think it’s a great record of that night.
 
FOH:  How did you get into doing standup comedy and was there anything about the entertainment industry that was not what you expected?  
 
GL: I got into standup from the improv and sketch world. From the very beginning, I did a duo act with Jenny Slate that really blurred the line of what standup is. Then, by the time I started doing solo standup, I had a whole different idea of what I could do and call it “standup.” Something about the entertainment industry that’s surprised me so far is that it’s a viable option for what to do with my life.

 
 
FOH:  How did you come into contact with the people at The Onion?  What were the people who work there like?  
 
GL: I first got in touch with the a lot of The Onion folks in college, in New York. When the video division started, I contributed a little as a writer with ideas and headlines. Then, a couple years later, they were looking for an on-camera entertainment correspondent and I auditioned. I think it’s still the only part I’ve “booked” s far through an audition.

Video here: http://www.theonion.com/video/witch-who-granted-beyonce-beauty-and-fame-takes-si,27002/
FOH:  What is your weekly comedy show with Max Silvestri in Brooklyn like?  In other words, is there a theme?  Why did you guys pick Wednesday?  
 
GL: We are in our 5th year of Big Terrific now which really blows my mind. There is no theme per se, it’s just a weekly free standup show that showcases our favorite comedians. It’s always been out mission to just keep the quality of performers way up, and the vibe really friendly and easy. It’s proven to be a really winning combo. I’m not sure how we came up with Wednesday nights! That’s a good question. I think it just happened? Oh, and Max is THE BEST.
 

FOH:  When it comes to the writing process, is there any part of it that you absolutely dread?  
 
GL: Getting started. That’s where all of my effort goes. The rest is all good and fun, it’s the sitting down to do it that is agonizing.
FOH:  Where do you see standup comedy in twenty years?  Will it look, sound, or smell any different?  
 
GL: Oh wow, I have no idea? I could have never seen the last 5 years coming, so 20 from now? I just hope I’m super attractive, and can maybe fly? The rest of the comics can choose their own futures.

FOH:  What’s next up for you in the twelve months that follow?  Any big plans?  
 
GL: I’m making the move to LA in the next couple months, which is big for me. I’ve been in NYC for about 12 or 13 years now, Philly before that. So, yikes? But I’m looking forward to it big time. I’m a rare New Yorker in that I think LA rules.

Gabe’s Official Website:  http://gabeliedman.com

Gabe on Twitter: @gabeliedman
 
Once again thanks for visiting First Order Historians and enjoying more of the internet’s finest in user generated content. 
 
Meehan

Gabe on Twitter: @gabeliedman
 
Once again thanks for visiting First Order Historians and enjoying more of the internet’s finest in user generated content. 
 
Meehan

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