Jewish Guy of the Week – Brian

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Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Brian: The weather.  I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where we have two seasons:  Packers season, and construction season.  DC’s allure for me was its four seasons:  Fall, Winter, Cherry Blossom worship, and humidity.  The other big reason to move to DC was to work on Capitol Hill.

Aaron: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Brian: Short answer:  Comedian.
Long answer:  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, where I performed in musical theatre, I took comedy classes at the DC Improv.  From there, I performed in various types of comedy including improv, standup, and musical comedy.  Since 2010, I have been doing predominantly standup comedy—with shows all over the DMV, New York, and recently I performed at the world-famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

I also write satire news columns each week for The Comedy News, and compose nightly Late Night Jokes you can find on my self-indulgent website,  I have also been contributing monologue jokes and sketch acting on The Charlie Visconage Show— DC’s only live late night talk show.  So the comedy scene in DC has been super good to me, but I will be relocating to Los Angeles mighty soon to take the comedy writing to shinier pastures.

Aaron: Who are your favorite Jewish comedians?
Brian: Lenny Bruce, Sarah Silverman, Mel Brooks, Larry David, and 20th Century Adam Sandler.

Aaron: Can you tell us a joke?
Brian: No.  Come to a show.

Aaron: Please, tell us one!
Brian: The National Zoo revealed that the cause of death for the baby Panda recently was due to lung and liver damage.  I was surprised because I didn’t know the baby panda was getting nursed by Charlie Sheen.

Aaron: What was your best Halloween costume?
Brian: Ace Ventura.   I did it in 2004 and 2008 — it’s turning into an election year thing.

Aaron: If you were king of Gather the Jews, what would you do?
Brian: Lift the 5,000 year-old ban on shellfish.  I’ve seen the light, and it tastes superb when battered in butter.

Aaron: What is your favorite Jewish dish that your mother made?
Brian: Noodle kugel.  I make it every year for the Yom Kippur break fast.

Aaron: What was the last Jewish event you attended?  Tell us about it.
Brian: It was a Shiva—not kidding either.  But I don’t want to ruin the mood and describe it for the GTJ community.  Instead, I’ll tell you about the last Bar Mitzvah I went to:  It was my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah in Boston.  There were Jello shots for the adults, Red Bull for the kids, press your own waffles, and a photo booth.  And the actual ceremony was beautiful as well.

Aaron: If you could write a book, what would it be about?
Brian: Currently working on a humor book.  The working title is, The Worst Things You Could Do and it’s set to be completed in time for Chanukah stocking stuffing.

Aaron: Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Brian: McFadden’s!  Okay, not really, just checking to see if you actually read this far.  On Fridays, I’m usually out performing in a comedy show or supporting friends’ shows.  Oh, and Shabbat dinners of course (Catered at McFadden’s).