We’re fairly certain you’ve heard of funny man Anthony Jeselnik before. A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and Tulane University grad, Anthony is a stand-up comedian most famous for the Comedy Central Roasts of Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen as well as his show The Jeselnik Offensive, which he starred in and created, airing for two seasons in 2013. Anthony has also performed on Conan, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Anthony wrote for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Jeselnik and it’s pretty hilarious (how could it not be?). Check it:
TGL: What was something interesting about Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that the typical viewer would never know or see?
AJ: The two way mirror in Jimmy’s private bathroom.
TGL: Absolutely love seeing you on the Comedy Central Roasts. Has anyone taken offense to the jokes?
AJ: Donald Trump got upset that I said he embarrassed himself in the casino business. Which was hilarious, because I also said no one would be said when he got cancer. And he was fine with that.
TGL: You went to Tulane. What’s your best story from ‘The Boot’?
AJ: My fraternity brothers and I once performed at an all-male revue for a sorority charity event, held annually at The Boot. Every fraternity at Tulane would do a synchronized dance routine where we’d eventually strip down to our boxer shorts. We found out right before the even that the only way we’d be disqualified is by getting naked. As team captain, I decided that we would all get completely naked at the very end. Our song starts playing and, five seconds into the song people in the crowd start going ballistic. I look over and, before I could even take my shoes off, all of my friends are completely naked, fighting with security. That was a fun night.
TGL: Do you feel like late night shows are moving away from stand up to sketch comedy? Is it going to keep getting more fractured?
AJ: Yes, because sketch comedy is more inclusive. You can throw a celebrity guest into a sketch and it’s fun to watch. Stand-up is just one person by themselves performing during the last five minutes of the show when most viewers have gone to sleep. I think it’ll become even more fractured as stand-up further expands out of the late night show and into other channels like Comedy Central or Netflix.
TGL: What have you caught hell for lately on Twitter or just in general?
AJ: Ha. I catch hell for just about anything I do or don’t do. I made a joke about Joan Rivers passing and caught some hell. I did not make a joke about Robin Williams and caught hell for that, too. I don’t mind. I’m a good catcher.
TGL: Will the Steelers make it to Super Bowl XLIX?
AJ: Anything is possible. Except that.
TGL: What’s in the trunk of your car right now?
AJ: A slightly larger car.
TGL: What’s your plan, other than performing, while in Atlanta?
AJ: Atlanta is one of the greatest cities in the country. And I can’t wait to see what movies they have in my hotel room.
TGL: We’re ready to see more of you. What’s in the works other than touring?
AJ: I’m recording a new comedy special at the end of the tour. Other than that, I’m currently pitching a new reality series where I fight the contestants on VH-1s Dating Naked.
TGL: What’s the last thing that made you laugh?
AJ: My answers to this questionnaire.
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