No. I mean, I have elements of those characters-there are parts of me that are like that-but no. I think I'm much less of a nerd than they are.
That's good. It'd be hard to function with that level of nerdiness.
Yeah, I think that they're my inner nerd.
In the past, you've stressed how impressed you were with John Belushi at a young age. How has he influenced your comedy?
I think there was an aura about him that transcended whether or not he was even being funny. There was something deeper there that appealed to me. Take a character like Bluto [from Animal House]. He barely speaks in the whole movie, and he's doing totally lowbrow stuff-you know, the zit, and he's a pervert and getting drunk-but there's this undercurrent of supreme intelligence there, and then also something kind of sad too. And with other comedians whose work I love, I feel like that's consistent. Like John Cleese or Woody Allen or Peter Sellers, it's the same thing. There's kind of a highbrow/lowbrow, and there's a sadness there.
Both Stella and The Baxter took place in Brooklyn. What's so great about Brooklyn?
It's got a very kind of old feeling to it. And by old, I don't mean ancient. It's got a very kind of 1920s, 1930s, old New York quality to it, that's been very preserved"Â¦. There's a vibe here, or an energy that I feel very well suited towards. It's a little slower and a little bit less crazy than Manhattan. When I finally moved here, I was like, "I can't believe it took me this long." I lived in the city for like 10 years, and I came to a point where I was like, "I don't really like it here anymore." And then I came out to Brooklyn-this was six years ago-and I was like, "Holy shit! I wish I had known." Like so many people, I had just never gone to Brooklyn, and then all of a sudden, I was like, "Holy shit! This place is amazing."