It’s Eddie Pepitone’s birthday today. Happy birthday, Eddie!

With a new documentary out about him, The Bitter Buddha, Pepitone (photographed above by Mindy Tucker) is enjoying a new wave of personal and professional attention from fans who might not have known him before, and show business types who needed to take another look at him. Pepitone told fans today that, as luck and timing would have it, the folks at Conan have called him in for another TV appearance tonight.

But as one fan asked Pepitone recently after a screening of The Bitter Buddha at the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival — where the doc won the “Audience Award” — how would Pepitone measure success for himself as a comedian and actor? Hear here is his answer.

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Find out when, where and how to see The Bitter Buddha in a cineplex near you.