Episode #18: Eugene Mirman
Eugene Mirman is known for making his own path to success, all while maintaining a lovably absurd childlike view of the world, which serves him well as the voice of Gene on the Emmy-winning animated series, Bob's Burgers, returning this September for a sixth season on FOX.
You've seen Eugene previously on HBO's Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, two comedy specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, and heard him as a frequent co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science show Star Talk. His fifth comedy album, I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome), is coming out in October via Sub Pop Records as a nine-volume digital set, seven LP records, a chair and even a robe.
Eugene has also cultivated some of the greatest current voices in comedy through live showcases such as "Invite Them Up" at Rififi, "Pretty Good Friends" at Union Hall, and since 2008, the annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn and now also in Boston.
The festival runs this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18-21, 2015, at The Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn's Park Slope and Gowanus neighborhoods (and StarTalk Live! on the 21st at Beacon Theatre in Manhattan) -- with performers including Ira Glass, Janeane Garofalo, John Hodgman, Kate Berlant, Scott Adsit, Aparna Nancherla, Michelle Wolf, Chris Gethard, Maeve Higgins, Mehran Khaghani, Ophira Eisenberg and many surprises.
We talked about Mirman's DIY aesthetics from making his own college degree up through today, where he no longer has to worry about his temp job at that "kick ass law firm."
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