Lucien Hold, who recently passed away, he enjoyed my set at the Comic Strip. That was pretty cool. I performed at Stand Up New York. Then I got really lucky because I got passed at the Comedy Cellar. I ended up having to go on after like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, and that was not a good situation. Then I'd just go back and forth: Boston to New York, Boston to New York.
My sophomore year, the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival was doing a competition to find the funniest college comedian in America, and they looked at a couple hundred around the country and they picked seven, and then they picked five, and then they flew us five out to Aspen to compete, and then I won this festival's funniest college comedian in the country! Pretty big title, "Funniest."
That's a lot to live up to.
It was kind of cool. It was the first time MTV saw me. A lot of industry people saw me for the first time. I met some agents and all that kind of stuff, but I was still in Boston.
Then my junior year, I came to New York fall semester and I interned at the Daily Show. I would intern at the Daily Show three or four times a week and then at night, I would do stand-up. I ended up doing a mockumentary about being an intern at the Daily Show, and like Steve Carrell and Jon Stewart, they were all in it, and they showed it at the Christmas party.
That spring, I went to LA and was doing stand up and that's when I got with the big management company. That summer, I went to the Montreal Comedy Festival, and throughout the entire time I kept on auditioning for MTV. Finally, MTV really wanted me to do a show.
Freemantle was producing this show called Your Face or Mine?
That was a British show first, right?
Yeah. It was hosted by Jimmy Carr, who hosts Distraction. So we did the show. It was really good. And then it was cancelled. And now this new show that we're doing, it's called The Reality Show with Andy Dick.