As a comedian, there are obviously huge dreams to aspire to. You hear people say, my favorite comedian is such and such, and I want to follow in his footsteps. Some people are huge Seinfeld fans. I am. And yet, a lot of those people know very little about the things he's done outside of his show. I got to see him live when he came to Charleston a few years ago at the Municipal Auditorium. His standup show is essentially a story telling version of the hit sitcom. He does quite a few other things as well, such as directing a Broadway show or his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
The ultimate goal for me to aspire to is as simple as looking at late night television, and those varieties of shows. I've never been able to pin down one to try to follow. I'm a really big Conan O'Brien fan. My favorite of all time was probably David Letterman. He's only been off air for a year or two now, but he was awesome, especially when he went off the cuff. In similar programming, I loved the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert is amazing, but in those types of shows, Jon Stewart will always be the king. And now, for 30 minutes a week, there is John Oliver.
My problem with Jon Stewart, or at least wanting to follow in his footsteps, was that he discussed almost entirely politics. I can only tell the same Donald Drumpf joke so many times. The late night hosts, talking to all the different celebrities is fun, but just interviewing people wouldn't be exactly what I want to do. Jimmy Fallon is so talented, but I can't do all the things he does. Mainly because I don't think I could pull off the singing stuff. Everything else looks like the time of my life.
John Oliver is discussing real life events. He's taking on real topics with a flair that I've never seen before. It's not really political. It's not really agenda based. It's just comedic genius that is having a real impact on the world. This depth to which things are researched gives his show a really phenomenal edge. The comedy, without the filtering of basic cable, comes across as genuine and funny, all at the same time. If you want to see what my ultimate goal in comedy would be, go watch Last Week Tonight. That's the dream job.