Nick DiPaolo, off the air

Nick DiPaolo sometimes give off the impression of an anti-comic, or perhaps a rather extreme example of the comic’s comic, playing to his fellow comedians more than he does his audience. When I talked to him in June 2006, we began by talking about his online home, which, at the time, needed some updating. "Trying to use a computer, I feel like I’m 78," he said. Is it always that way? "Only when I’m on MySpace, trying to meet underage girls! Then I feel like an unemployed electrician from Woburn." Him and everyone else, right? "Worked for Dane Cook, didn’t it?" he joked. Does he miss being on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn? You bet. "A lot of people miss it. I get 20 emails a day saying, ‘What happened? Why isn’t it on the air?’ People come up to me, pissed off." So why isn’t he still on Comedy Central? "You can only take so much Mind of Mencia, (expletive expletive)." DiPaolo cusses quite a bit, but creatively enough — as a guy from New York City via Danvers, Mass., might be — so fill in the blanks with your own expletives. "I still talk to Quinn every night on the phone, bust his balls," he told me. "Me and Quinn auditioned for a job, radio job on 92.3, the station (in New York) that hired David Lee...

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