Guys. You totally recognize John Caparulo from the E! hit show, Chelsea Lately. Cap, as he’s known by friends and fans, has also made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, The Next Generation of Blue Collar, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and as a standout performer in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show. He has recently teamed up with his wife, Jamie, in a podcast called Domestic Disputes. It’s beyond hysterical. You can catch him live at The Improv Atlanta April 3-5. We may even give away tickets to a show…
We had the pleasure of interviewing Cap and it’s pretty amazing. Check it:
TGL: You and your wife, Jamie’s, podcast “Domestic Disputes” is amazing. How did you come up with the idea?
JC: Well, it didn’t really take much brainstorming to develop the concept. I think my wife just decided to get something more than a headache out of my incessant soapboxing. The idea of doing a podcast always seemed interesting to me, but I’ve always been too afraid of sounding self-indulgent by blathering into a USB mic for an hour a week and assuming that the whole world is interested in hearing it. But I might have taken for granted how honest we get to be with each other, and that dynamic can produce a lot of comedy as well as a depth that I can’t always reach when I’m on stage with a room full of strangers waiting to laugh. We’re only a few episodes into it, but I feel like we’re getting more and more comfortable with it each time. I mean, we’re used to arguments around the house, but there’s usually no sound check before those.
TGL: You used to work as a groundskeeper at a golf course. What are the weirdest things you found in a golf cup?
JC: You know, I was never surprised to see a human turd inside a golf cup. I was more amazed at the apparent amount of pinpoint accuracy that it took to get it in there. Every time I’ve tried it, I keep missing badly, and then I look up and see angry golfers wanting to play through. They yell “Fore!” And I yell back “Occupied!!”
TGL: Coke or Pepsi?
JC: Coke, by a wide margin. I had to make a health conscious decision and free myself from my Coca-Cola addiction. Now I’m strictly a sweet tea man. For the sake of good health and cleaner living, I had to cut bubbles out of my diet.
TGL: If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be?
JC: Bill Murray. That way I could just live the same day over and over again in Punxsutawney.
TGL: What’s something interesting about Chelsea Lately that the typical viewer would never know or see?
JC: Well, I’m pretty sure that everyone sees it, but I don’t think they can really appreciate it as much as I do. What I’ve always loved about Chelsea Lately is its genuine spontaneity and its uniqueness as a result of that. Every other late night show I’ve done is full of rehearsals, censors, and a host who’s so distracted and disengaged that it sucks every bit of fun out of the artistic process. Chelsea’s show is alive. I look forward to it every time I do the show.
TGL: Besides yourself, what comedians would you pay to see?
JC: I would pay to see Eddie Murphy. When I was a doorman at The Comedy Store, it seemed like there was a rumor circulating about once a year that Eddie was gonna make a return to stand-up comedy. It never happened, but it goes to show how great that guy was and the undeniable effect he had on our art form. I can understand why he’s stayed away, but guys like Chris Rock are who I admire and respect the most. I’ve never had to pay to see Chris because he’s a lifer, and I wanna be a lifer. For 15 years, I’ve seen that guy work like a mad scientist to get better, despite the fact that he achieved what most of us consider perfection in 1996. I think that’s really the only way to be great at anything though, when someone is too obsessed with the work to be concerned with its results.
TGL: What’s your favorite word?
JC: Well, my wife was telling me about some online discussion about my use of the word ALRIGHT. When I started getting asked to do stand-up on TV, I jumped at the chance like anybody would. But when I had to decide what material to use, I realized something that maybe everyone else had overlooked— I say FUCK a lot. I also say SHIT a lot. And I loved BITCH. So how the hell was I gonna be funny without my cuss words? I know it seems simple to everyone else that the profanity isn’t necessary, and I could easily remove the bad words and be just as funny. And that’s true on paper. But when you’re used to telling stories one way and then suddenly have to tell them a different way in front of a national TV audience, it’s hard to adjust. So, in order to keep the rhythm of my usual cadence, I found myself on TV saying the word ALRIGHT at the end of every sentence and phrase. ALRIGHT became the water in order to water down my material. ALRIGHT took the place of all the words that would turn funny into hilarious. ALRIGHT was my best friend for a long time because it made my comedy ALRIGHT for TV. So, considering how much ALRIGHT did for me, I’d have to say my favorite word is DOUCHEBAG. TV sucks anyway. I’d rather be funny online than ALRIGHT on TV. So FUCK those DOUCHEBAGS.
TGL: What’s in the trunk of your car right now?
JC: Nothing. I’m not one of those guys who’s obsessed with cleaning his car or anything. I just never leave a mess inside it. I always hate getting into someone’s trash-filled car that smells like cigarettes and farts. How does it get that way? Why don’t they at throw their coffee cups away when they stop at 7-11 to buy that cup? And why is there never an open cup holder? And is that a dead goldfish? If your car were a restroom stall, I would probably hold it. But apparently you have friends who feel differently. Ew.
TGL: What’s your plan, other than performing, while in Atlanta?
JC: Probably some eating and sleeping. My wife is staying home on this trip, so I get to do nothing and not feel bad about it. I get to poop with the door open and also not feel bad about that. I can’t wait to let my hair down in Atlanta!!
TGL: If you had a vanity license plate, what would it say?
JC: MZK912. I’m just not into vanity.
We know. You’re dying. Lucky for you, we’re giving away 2 tickets to one of John’s show at The Improv on April 3-5! To enter:
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The winner will be announced 4.1.14. We’re not fooling you…