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CONVERSATION STARTER CS pictures and signing anything they wanted signed. I stayed until the sun started coming up. I think that’s why they never invited me back — they’d rather see someone fail.

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I KNOW THAT YOU WERE ON THE FIRST SEASON OF LAST COMIC STANDING AND CAME IN SECOND. DO YOU EVER THINK MAYBE THAT WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE? I would have liked to have won. I think I’d have been more ready than the guy who won. He wasn’t already a headliner, and I honestly don’t know what happened to him.

I think that what happened to me was the same as what happened to Metallica in 1988, when they were nominated for the first heavy metal Grammy, but lost to Jethro Tull. Metallica should have won it, but they gave it to Jethro Tull that didn’t even have a record out at the time.

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B  UT I’VE TALKED TO OR HEARD INTERVIEWS WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE ON AMERICAN IDOL THAT CAME IN SECOND PLACE AND THEY SAID IT WAS KIND OF BETTER FOR THEM TO NOT WIN, BECAUSE THEN THEY HAD CONTROL OF THEIR CAREER. DO YOU THINK MAYBE THAT WORKED TO YOUR ADVANTAGE AS WELL?

 eah, probably, because my first four albums went Y platinum. At first, I thought the goal was to win, but I’d already gotten into 40 million homes on network TV during prime time, and that was unheard of at the time. I think that show helped reignite standup comedy. It fueled the internet, which fueled even more interest, and it fed into this big steamroller. Comedy is in a boom right now, and I think that helped play a big part in that. I know the clubs are a lot nicer than they used to be. We’re not playing in bowling alleys anymore. These are legit clubs where the owners are businessmen and treat the comics with some respect. Most of the shysters are out of the game, and it’s a legit business now.

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