How can you deal with depressing and dark subject matter and still find the laughs? Eddie Pepitone, describing his own views on comedy with Jessica Pilot in the latest installment of her webseries, “This is Stand-Up,” says he feels like a blue-collar worker clocking in for the night, except he’s searching for magical moments on the job.

“I’m always reaching for this kind of ecstasy. You know? This kind of comedic ecstasy and sometimes it happens,” Pepitone says. “There are times when you’re like, ‘Holy shit! That crowd.’ Especially when I go out on the road, you know, and I’m screaming about really dark topics. There are people who go out to comedy — a lot of people that go out to comedy clubs and think that, ‘Oh, this is going to be so much fun! It’s going to be so…” he laughs, “and they’re not ready for me being so fucking dark. And I just look at them and I go, ‘God, what are they doing here?'”

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