Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Emailing With Comedian Gabe Liedman

Gabe Liedman, "Hoarders" | Hiyeeee!!

Edith Zimmerman: Gabe! Your new album is so funny. (Everyone should listen to the excerpt above [verrry mildly NSFW], and then buy the whole thing!) Halfway through "Hoarders," when you're imitating their screams, I lay back and laughed in a way I haven't in a long time. It's actually kind of lonely to laugh that hard by yourself.

Gabe Liedman: I'm glad you liked "Hoarders," that one's controversial. Or, really, it's just hit or miss with whether people are going to like me telling mentally ill people to kill themselves like I'm some genius.

EZ: Where are you?

GL: Fort Greene [Brooklyn], in my living room, on the couch, all the way to the left.

EZ: What are you wearing?

GL: A full sweat-suit. It's me time and raining. 

EZ: Does hanging out with stand-up comedians ever feel like battle? Like you say a joke, another comedian says a joke, and everyone's laughing, but there's this stacking-on-top feeling like someone has to say the last best one, and it's kind of like ... dueling? I don't know. Maybe this doesn't make sense. But like laughter is the blood, and you're stabbing away, going for the bloodiest kill, or trying to hit a bloodier artery. But no one dies.

GL: People actually DO die EDITH!!!!! JKJKJK. To me, no, it doesn't feel like battle. But there are lots of different types of people who end up as comics. I've had people tell me that I'm not one of those comedian's who's "always on," which I take as a big compliment. So, I can kind of hang back and watch the riffing go down and just be a laugher as much as I jump in and joke around with the rest of them. My close friends who are comics are so insanely funny pretty much around the clock, and I actually love it. Like with Max Silvestri or Jenny Slate for example: I never EVER know what they're about to say, even though I spend all my time with them and know them inside and out. It's thrilling. But if they were assholes or I hated laughing, then yeah — it would be hell and I'd be covered in blood.

EZ: What's the worst part about this album?

GL: Well, I hate my voice, so that's pretty rough. Also, I dropped a joke from the set that I consider one of my best jokes, but I've found that it is so super dirty that it straight-up doesn't fly outside of New York (I recorded in LA). It's a tangent in a longer joke where I refer to my butt as a pussy that fills up with shit every day. Every time I've tried it outside of New York people really hate it, and you know what? They're right, it's gross. But I do miss it because I am subhuman.

EZ: The best part?

GL: I liked a couple of the on-the-spot riffs I did, I'm glad that there's spontaneous stuff on there. It's just one show start to finish, and every show has little moments that make them different. Oh, and I can also pick out some of my friends' specific laughs in the audience, and that's super fun for me. Like I can hear Jenny Slate and Michelle Collins so clear on some jokes and I love it. This makes me sound like I listen to the album a lot, but I don't. Just twice.

EZ: Do you search yourself on Twitter?

GL: I obsessively check my @ replies and mentions. I rarely just search for my name, though, because there's never anything there. But, like, if someone says something right to me then I see it within milliseconds because I'm a super chill individual.


Gabe Liedman's 'Hiyeeee!!' is available now on iTunes. It's great.

18 Comments / Post A Comment


Enjoyment of Hoarders joke is directly related to whether or not your extended family (the ones you like anyway) have some hoarder tendencies. But just the never throwing anything out kind, not the keeping their own feces kind. Or hoarding food.


GABE LIEDMAN. If you guys like him, you should check him out on Julie Klausner's podcast. PRETTY great.


@LMac Also AMAZING: this.

and it's not even my birthday

I'm working on becoming a high school English teacher, and I really want to figure out how I can DIY bleep Liedman's "shit" (as in "the shit in them is dumb") so I might show this to classes at the beginning as a way of expressing sympathy with the idea of not being able to relate to literature.

evil melis



The plaid in that illustration is the very finest illustration of plaid.


I like to go see him and Max Silvestri at Cameo- see everyone there every Wednesday night forever!! (except not this week because I have to go to a wedding). It's the space in back of Loving Cup in Williamsburg.

Edith Zimmerman

@muffalutta Yesss! It is so good.


WTF, NO! Gabe, that bit about your butt being a pussy that fills up with shit? I heard that in Portland and I (and all my friends) laughed our asses off (ugh pun not intended). GABE, remember TBA last year? You fucking killed it with that joke. NYers aren't the only people who get it!

saul "the bear" berenson

Cloudy with a chance of giant meatballs. I miss Bestie!


GABE! I love Gabe, I went to his stand-up showcase with Jenny Slate EVERY week in the summer of 2010 just after I moved here... They were such a great combo (nerd-brag time: I was there for the world premiere of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On... it was magical).


a butt as a pussy that fills with shit everyday? ugh, c'mon! granted i haven't heard the bit but that little preview seems to communicate quite a bit about how he views women('s anatomy). PROTIP: we aren't just empty holes that can be filled with shit (or dick).


@sintaxis I'd probably listen to the bit though, because i think it was more about how confusing it is that the butt takes on such a central role in his sex life.

Regina Phalange

GABE! Second the Klausner podcast shout-out.
I'm not even a professional comedian, but as a funny person (I hope), I find my funny friends exhaauuusting. Maybe it's that Kissinger idea about pettiness rising as the stakes get lower. Maybe a pro doesn't need such constant validation, they know they're funny....but Greg from accounting will never shut the hell up about that time Nick Kroll STOPPED BY THAT PARTY TEN MINUTES AFTER HE LEFT, and if he hadn't been on a beer run, he'd totally be on The League right now.

Oij Oij

wow this is such an interesting interview! i love how you asked him what he was wearing! genius!


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