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Thanks for tuning in. Thanks for telling the friend. We love that about you. Right, Gina Grad.
That's right. I forgot about that.
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Well, tried to end women's suffrage.
Well, you know, the thing about that bet that somebody just tweeted me out today or tweeted to me, but I thought about, wow, a, that may have been our first man show bit.
That may have been the first bit we did. And then, B, I remember at the end of the bed, and this is circa 1999, at the end of the bit there was a sort of Karen esque lady and she was like looking at the poor woman who was like Vietnamese or something. And she was going, these are white men. And so, like, ahead of her time, yeah, I saw that indictment, all that stuff you think was going on.
This started ten minutes ago. It's been around for 20 years. It's just it's hitting the mainstream.
This is where she wrong. No, she was not. And I continue to be a white male and. Oh, yeah, this is certainly even you can put a little head on it, but this is her explaining to the like woman. Well, you can, I don't know, pull it back for me. Explaining to the talking to the woman who's from the village or something. She's Vietnamese or Filipino or something. And I'm trying to convince her to end women's suffrage.
Sorry. Go ahead.
No, thanks. Could I get a hug? Thank you. How come it's a doing? Because we care for the women. The women are lazy. I pray for him and we like to take a little break by walking around with this. Hello, would you like to say for the suffering of women in this country? I don't know. Nobody understands, Rick, but I'm right. You're right. Of course, offensive women's suffrage is the right for women to no suffrage.
Right. They're making they're making fun of you. Really? Know, I'm not a registered voter. That's all right. I'm I'm broke. All right. White men, you are wasting. We're not right. We're not white. What are you from Cameroon? All right.
Anyway, it was like it was that chick. Like, these are white men. They're making fun of you like that. The person you think popped up on the campus of Berkeley a few minutes ago has been been around.
Now she's she is not from the Groundlings. Yeah. She's out on the eve of Wolke. Yes. Yes. Spohn the movement. Yeah. So some of this stuff that everyone thinks is news, it's been around for a little bit. All right.
The other thing I had my first, you know, unintended consequence of kids learning from school thing today was like online learning, sorry, online learning.
I mean, what are we learning now? Well, it was bound to happen. I stopped learning.
I so out of, like, out of a movie. I took my cold shower, rinse. I stepped out of the shower and there's something I wanted to look up in my book. I'm emotional support animal and I realize where is my book? I've seen it around the house.
And there's something that's bestand or maybe under tellys TELNAES.
Well, sadly, those two names are going to are going to float to the top of this conversation, because I remember there was a copy in Lynnette's office laying down on a bookshelf in in her office.
So the desk I then stepped out. Yes. I then stepped out of the shower. I put my towel on.
I put the wrap around, towel on. But I did take the shawl towel, you know, the Jewish peasant lady. Yeah. And Ramata Hung Schmidt then put it over my shoulder. So I was I was I was double tallying it and I walked into the room. I opened the room. And of course, I'm facing the computer and italia's back. But the computer and the group of people that are out there, it's nine thirty in the morning.
And I hear Natalia go like, Dad, Dad, get out, get out. You know, you're naked. Get out. You know, and all I did was duck into the bathroom. So now I'm ducked into the bathroom and I'm standing in the bathroom and I'm like, I am three feet away from that book, but it's a little further into the room.
I want the book. I'm already in the bathroom. I'm definitely going to be seen getting out of the bathroom.
So I do this move where I towel up and I turn the corner toward her and now it's more screams like, Dad, oh, what are you doing?
Like said, she has no idea what I'm doing. She thinks I'm coming deeper into the room. You know, I reach around. I snatched a book, I turn around, I start to scurry. Then I get this one that I always hate. When people the the extra insult as you're in the process of doing what you're doing, you know what I mean? Like the airport security guy, when they go go ahead and turn around for me right now and you start turning around, they go real quick and it's like I'm turning around and whatever with this process, it's we're doing this thing, you know what I mean?
Or it's that we get it. It's that person you see at the place you've never been before and you're never coming back. And they go, oh, OK, I'll let you this time. But next time, like, it's never going to happen and there is no next time.
So I was I got the book. I was scurrying out. I like open the door, had one foot out. Natality does the get out. I'm out. I'm physically out. Thank you for that parting gift.
Just as helpful as Dad. You're embarrassing me. You're yelling the whole time but you want to book for her. It's complete social suicide.
I know, I know the the girls. She hasn't been this triggered since you put on a jump rope clinic in front of the school.
Oh, so most embarrassing part of our entire entire childhood. Yeah.
What what happens is at age 14, boys don't care that much about appearances and girls are turbocharged about embarrassing appearances and all this stuff.
And so like if your fourteen year old girl and like three of her friends come over and I go, how are you girls don't dance like they're coming into my house. My. Not allowed to say hi or whatever, like it's weird, but it's it's so it's so weaponized when you're a young girl.
I, as I'm sure you could probably imagine, I was a pretty good kid. I didn't really get in trouble. And I didn't have a fraught relationship really with my with my mom. But I did go through a phase like every girl, and everything was so humiliating and mortifying. I would do the one thing that I hope girls don't do any more. But I'm sure Natalia had her moment. I'd be so embarrassed if my mom talked in front of my front of my friends.
I would go like this any way.
Yeah, I know.
Please get that drunk because I know. I know. It's excruciating when I when you talk in front of now not not Sunny, but Natalia and then that I've labeled myself cool dad has exacerbated things even worse and made it much worse because I've now labeled myself cool dad, because when I was a kid that's all we had. We had uptight dad, angry dad, mean dad and then dad who had like a set of golf clubs and he was his own dad.
Like, that guy's got his own golf clubs. Max Durex, his dad has golf clubs, was a big deal. Made it the best we can hope for his kids is like tuned out dad, like your father didn't care, was like not there.
There was no such thing as cool dad. Cool Dad was my version of Cool Dad in the 70s. In the eighties was dad that would give sixteen year old chicks beers and invite them into the hot tub. That was the only version of Cool Dad. There was there wasn't my version of cool that bookmark what you just said.
Pretend it never happened. Let's go back. Twenty seconds. So our version of Cool Dad when we were preteens was the friend's dad who would let us go in the hot tub and give us all module's when we were like 11 and 12 right. Then near there.
Yes. So to your criminal dad, you know, it was non-alcoholic and we were in the hot tub. Yes, it was you getting used to the sort of bitter taste of beer so you could transition smoothly into some malt liquor, not high school.
Yeah, he meant by criminal describing you. He was sure to have some other criminal activity going on or soon to come.
Right. So cool. Dad in my world was this dad has a pickup truck and he doesn't mind you standing up in the bed while he drives. And he'll he'll actually accelerate into a speed bump and see if he can catch a little air like that was cool, Dad. Sure. Yeah, cool. Dad was he'll send you to the liquor store to buy him a pack of cigarettes. Like that was cool. Dad, there was no nice dads.
But you say you're a cool dad. What are you doing that makes you feel cool? Even though Natalia disagrees.
We do like night runs. I don't know what it is, but from where I live, Natalia and her friends like to drive to Jimmy's house on the other side of the hill. And you have to kind of go through Hollywood and drive past our old house. And we just take this windi drive from where we live down to the Sunset Strip and past Uncle Jimmy's theater and then end up going up by his house and then turn back around and do it like a middle of the night, crank the tunes kind of move.
And that's what gets me the mantle of cool that Brad Williams. Oh, yeah. Sonny speaking a cool dad. Cool. Wonderful.
Are we honor. We we're on. We're on. You have a bottle of sangria behind you. Oh yeah I do. Nice little thing there that was not there just for product placement. Not at all.
Brad had two things I'm interested in. One, you're going to do a Drive-In comedy show, so I'm very interested in that. And the other is you built a pergola in your backyard. I'm equally interested in that because it speaks to my two strengths.
So let's talk about outdoor comedy show Ervine coming up at the Improv. Is it at the Improv?
Well, it's improv. And Jason, they have a parking structure that's right next to the Urban Improv. And what they're doing is they have a stage there and they have a very large screen. And you come in, you park your car there, you buy a ticket, you turn you tune to a radio station, and you watch me perform live standup comedy from the comfort of your own car. I don't know how the laughs work. I don't know if I hear laughs.
I don't know if you if it's like Jon Gruden from Hard Knocks and it's like, beat your horn if you're with me.
I don't know. I'm not quite sure. But all I am sure about is that I'm really excited to get on stage and, and, and, and to be performing well.
I'll tell you what you can do to play it safe is go there, pull up, tune your radio in the Sirius XM station. Best of. Jim Gaffigan and and that way you'll be sure to laugh. Yeah, look, with Brad, you're rolling the dice gaffe against a season. So you're going to be sitting in a parking lot laughing your ass off.
I could not agree more. And that's the thing is I've never really been in a spot where at any point, if a joke doesn't hit, you can literally have other entertainment going on. And if you have serious, literally stand up comedy, just literally just like not don't like it. Let's Sekara, let's get let's hear that.
We've all had I'm picturing this now. I'm picturing myself doing this show because we've all experienced that you're up on stage and some couple gets up and it's like, oh, they're not using the bathroom as a couple like they're leaving, but. Right. Backing out.
Alexis, it's much more of a statement. Three pointer. Other guys are getting out of the car and bringing them around.
Well, my question is like so let's say someone shows up and let's say they they didn't know what they were necessarily buying a ticket for. And they don't like my comedy. And let's say they started heckling, which is, I don't know, you just laid on your horn. No, I know what that is.
Fire their car. Yeah. Do they get kicked out? And they're like, is there like a police car, golf cart, like they do to write tickets? It just zooms up to them and like kicks them out and then do they have to do that back out of shame? I don't know. I'm sure. And how does he know you only have two minutes left when everybody's flashing their lights?
And how does it work with the food and the drinks? Like, are they going to be bringing by food and then drinks? Now you're drinking in your car?
There's maybe an open container Parmelia going, yeah, yeah. Well, not in this state for sure, but also things are fluid, like everyone's just kind of bending things and rules around and stuff.
But yeah. Go ahead.
Yeah. I'm pretty sure that they kind of advocate you. It's kind of BYOB, which is almost even more dangerous because then it's, you know, someone goes like, oh, I'm making my special cocktail tonight. Right. For half a bottle of sangria into something.
And then. Yeah, then then they're just then they're just out of their minds.
So that is this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and it's a website.
It says there's ten tickets left. So I'm talking to my agent. We're thinking about adding a second show.
So hopefully, hopefully that happens. And then we get to I think a sellout is two hundred for cars.
So I think we're going to figure something out there and try to do a second show. But a lot of the improvs are trying to do these shows now, at least in Southern California. I know to being star and a major brony are going weeks after me and I'm hearing that other improvs around California are going to try to do this because, I mean, you block off something and people find a way around it. That is necessity is the mother of invention.
Well, eventually, people are going to have to just start getting creative. I had two instances. One is yesterday I got my eyebrows waxed and I said to the lady, like, how do we pay? She said, just leave out the back door, don't say anything. And then she told me she was seeing people at her house.
So the person who look, you can't just tell people, hey, no working for six months, like they have to find a way, you know, hands away. And now you're seeing people in your house with your kids and your husband. And now it's a more dangerous environment than it would be because it's an unintended consequence. The other guy I spoke to, a friend of mine got a massage. And I'm like, how did it work? And he's like, well, they put a bunch of pop up tents and kiosks, like in the parking lot.
But when I got there, they just kind of walked me quietly through the place with the lights off.
And I'm like, of course, of course, everyone's going to start ignoring the shit because we can't take it anymore like it. California's just kicking the shit out of these people. People aren't going to do things that are inherently dangerous, but also they need to take need to keep their business going. You can't just have an indefinite none of this. I ate I dinner in a parking lot the other night, just one hundred and eighteen degrees.
Right. But that's people are getting creative now. Yeah.
And and it's interesting that you and I have been able to travel to some other states and see how they're doing it. In other places I got back from. I did I did shows in front of a live audience in Denver, Colorado, two weeks ago.
And yeah, they were full fledged restaurants going out and. Middle of parking lots, but everyone was kind of social and everyone was wearing masks and being kind of smart about it, and they can kind of get back to some degree of normalcy because there was this social contract and like, OK, yeah, it is a little weird, but we still want to have a night out. So this is how we're going to do it. But when you when you throw on all these rules, then it's just the Wild West and people are going to like figure out how to how to get around it.
Well, people are going to do what they did with booze during prohibition and they're going to do what they've done with pot up until about 10 minutes ago, which is, look, we want to smoke pot. We want to drink booze. And you've said it's illegal. So we're going to figure out our own way to do it.
And it'll be it'll be a less safe version of the way we could do it. But we're going to do it anyway. Like who? My entire adult life until 10 minutes ago, pot has been illegal. Every I knew a thousand potheads and everyone I knew who wanted to smoke pot figured out a way to smoke pot. That's that's the human condition. Yeah.
And that's why it's and that's why I'm so torn with making dwarf tossing illegal, because I don't want people to like. Yeah, maybe if you make it legal, there's a crash pad. You can wear a helmet like that. It's regulated, right. Yeah.
But if you make it illegal now we're just doing backyard dwarf tossing. Who knows if there's any safety precautions. I'm not sure. So I'm really torn about this issue.
I'm the same thing with cockfighting. When I say cockfighting, I mean cockfighting dwarves.
You sanction it. You make us like everybody. You legalize it. You expose it to sunshine. And and we look after the cock's. We monitor the cock's. We have we have health care for the dwarfs. And we do what they did with prostitution in Nevada, that's all. Yeah.
That that kind of stuff makes me really think because I mean, Dana White and the UFC has Fight Island where they're where they're just sending up sending guys out there to I'm not sure where the island is. And they get tested and then they're able to fight.
I don't know. I'm feeling kind of insulted that there's no dwarf weight class. I think I think they should have dwarf UFC on Fire Island. Just send out me man, Peter Dinklage, the whole nine yards.
And then, I don't know, it doesn't have to take place in the economy like a ball pit. Yeah.
And a Chuck E. Cheese. Yeah. I'd like to be Dinklage, his agent and make that phone call. Yeah.
We have going to sign on.
We have Brad's birthday cocktail party clip. This is our our fun new bit where all the people who are born the same on the same date, not same day but the same same month and same date in the month versus year of Brad's birthday at the party, you got to Dawson.
The Adam Carolla Show presents Brad Williams birthday cocktail party for January 13th. Let's see who's on the guest list. Oh, Orlando Bloom is here. So was Liam Hemsworth. Could it get any more dreamy, Patrick Dempsey is here and the one responsible for killing his character on Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes. This should get interesting and it will because Rip Taylor just showed up and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Let's get back to The Adam Carolla Show. That's the late move event.
Wow. Yeah. I didn't know that people of color were not allowed to be born on January 13th. I didn't know.
Well, Shonda Rhimes. Shonda Rhimes. Oh, Shonda Rhimes. You're right. You're right. I'm wrong. I'm completely wrong. But the network that is that is a quite that is quite the cocktail party.
I would probably just talk to Julia Louis-Dreyfus head off the whole time. That's a great cocktail party.
Jason is on the blower. Wanted to talk about Huck Finn, I think. Hey, Jason, 32, Georgia, Adam, Gina Ball. Brad, how are you guys doing?
Good morning. Yeah, I wanted to ask, since you guys were telling a story or talking about things recently that could probably never happen in a classroom today I wanted to tell a story about something that happened to me when I was a junior in high school about 15 years ago.
Let me guess, you had to we were the main character. I'm sorry you had to quote the main character talking to his new friend. Well, I had to my teacher put us in groups and we had to read from the book, like whether it was a paragraph or quote or actual speech in there. But either way, we had to read it in the style of the person speaking. And I was in a group with a with a big, big black dude who could probably break me in half and actually had wanted to kick my ass like recently before that.
And I had to read the part of Jim and she made us speak in the style of the person speaking. So I had to read Like a Slave, and I'm so uncomfortable doing it. Yes, yes, no, no, I I agree, I mean, I guess we're not going to have any of those days anymore at school, right?
I couldn't believe it even happened 15 years ago. Yeah, I know you're young. You're you're thirty two. Well, it's it's funny. This stuff doesn't seem to work really incrementally. It's like it's like a dam. It like builds up pressure and then it burst.
It doesn't just overflow slowly and sort of consistently, you know it because even when I was in high school in Jena, you obviously many years later, like, you know, we read like Huckleberry Finn is like this doesn't feel right. And, you know, obviously the dam not burst at that point. But like you said, the pressure was kind of building well.
And no, unless I'm totally wrong, he's the name. Jim's name is. What is it?
Yeah, that's what I thought I was going to have to refer to. So I don't I don't know that that's that that that book's been edited or if it's just on a banned list. But you don't you don't call Jim by the name that he was called in the book.
I never read the book. I never read anything. I saw a like version of it starring Johnny Whitaker or something when he was like eleven, the red haired kid from Family Affair and escaped Witch Mountain or something like that. There was some sort of Johnny Whitaker version of this, like a Disney TV version of it that was probably cleaned up a little bit for the Disney television channel back. And well, they didn't have a Disney television channel. They had like The Wonderful World of Disney presents, you know, Mutual of Omaha presents Wild Kingdom.
Yeah, it was that crazy. Hey, thanks, Jason. Appreciate the awkward. Thanks, guys. Yeah.
If you're more into the musical version, there's a beautiful Broadway musical about the about Huck Finn called Big River that I would recommend.
Yeah. Jason telling that story. I totally forgot that this is after me, but kind of similarly my class read Oliver Twist and the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist isn't referred to as Fagin in the book. It's referred to as the Jew. Oh, really?
Oh, yeah. The whole time we're just like, go, go steal me some money, said the Jew. And you're just saying that in front of the class and we had a few Jewish kids that I think they were very uncomfortable because we kept we took a look at them like I would eat it off, like we were reading or Lord of the Rings.
And someone said, Get my bottle, said the dwarf. I'd be weird.
I don't like Merchant of Venice. Shylock the villain Jew. Yeah, simpler times. Hey, did you build a pergola in your backyard?
Because I think Chris showed me a picture of it.
Yes, my wife and I did. Did you guys do it together? We did.
We did it together with the help of another comedian friend who's very handy, whose name is Jay Moppa. I want I want to make sure they give him a plug. He's a comic carpenter. Wow. Jesus Christ.
It's my territory. Beautiful. They are looking at pictures of it.
Yeah. It's just it's something that during this time we get, you know, we're all locked in. And it's nice to have a project where you go, all right, we're going to work outside, we're going to work with our hands, we're going to do stuff.
And we wanted to upgrade the backyard.
So, yeah, we we built pergola hung, hung the lights, rant, rant, rant, extension cords painted it.
It was it was a whole thing, but it was having a project really helped with the day, the day to day and kind of breaking up the monotony of the whole quarantine of work on the lights.
You know, the project. I don't I don't think that people know how much mental sort of sanity there is in a project.
I think they think projects are physical, like kind of by nature, they're physical, you know, so they go, oh, we got to lift that wood. We've got to load that stuff. And we got sacks of concrete to mix up and we got to go buy it and we'll put it on the cart at the Home Depot and we'll push it out to the SUV. And so they're very it seems very mechanical and very physical. And people really focus on that end of a project.
Like they'll go, I don't want to they'll tell you what they want to do with the project and not what they don't want to do. Like I'll do the remodel. I don't want to strip the walls and the stucco. Let someone else do that. But they don't really realize how occupying the mental and emotional part of it is and how gratifying it is and how also in this world where the devil makes work for idle hands, the devil's making work for idle minds, you know what I mean?
Like people are sitting around watching way too much news and they're. Mind is being taken over, and when you have a project, the project becomes like a plan to escape from prison. It's like we need bed sheets. We've got to build a dummy that looks like me will put the cover over it. We've got a prime rib. Is the CEO walk by. Going to bribe the guard. We've got a time to the officer like you're immediately occupied.
Like, so if you're if you're in prison and you're just sitting in prison and you're just kind of accent off the calendar, you're just sitting there doing time and you're miserable. If you actually had a plan or started to build a plan to escape or you're Tom Hanks on an island, you know what I mean? But you started to have have a plan. It would save you. And the physical projects are really a plan. And it starts with I'm going to look at some stuff on the Internet that I'm and you start including people, your wife, your comedian friend, that kind of stuff.
You start building in these little without knowing it. You build in these little time markers, these little milestones, like I want to pour the pad and the footing by Monday I want to have. So Tuesday we can start putting up the pie last Thursday or whatever, whatever it is like. Did you find yourself going there with those little arbitrary dates where you wanted to finish it by or get this done by lewdly?
And in these days where I mean and we also have a seven month old. So it's pretty it's pretty much every day is just like, OK, this is when she eats, this is when she naps. This is when. This is when. This is when we're playing with her.
It really helps to have just something else, something else. And we can go like, OK, well, tomorrow between this nap and this feeding, we're going to go out there and we're going to dig the holes to put the post in and lay the concrete and then just we're going to hang the lights. And this is we we need to go to the fabric store to get the fabric to out and shade like it's just all these steps gave you a goal the next day.
I'm like, all right, cool. Tomorrow we get to do this.
And then sitting under the pergola, especially in this heat wave, has been amazing where we just sit there at night, we have a cocktail, we start we turn on the lights and there's an amazing sense of satisfaction knowing that we did this. We didn't just order it from a box and then pay some guy to set it up like we did this.
So it's like, son, it's really it's it's really good for the mental health.
I don't again, it's no different than Gina or Christi and Balde making a meal at home, you know what I mean? Like, you can farm any of this stuff out. I mean, in on any given Thanksgiving, you could just go down to Gelson's, order all your fixin's, and they probably do a better job of it than you would do at home. But it is so unsatisfying waiting for someone to drop off a bunch of shit that you should have made yourself.
And yeah, just because you can like doesn't mean that's what you should do. I don't I don't think people get that. Like, just because you could afford to have somebody make your meal or build your pergola doesn't mean you shouldn't engage in doing it. Yeah.
And I'll say that I'm trying to get more stereotypes out there for dwarves right now. We just bake cookies. I want to get it out there that we can build things. We're handy. Yeah.
No, don't all live in that Keebler tree. Some of you have places in the Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks area and you're adding to your property value by building your own pergolas.
Damn right. That's a stereotype.
Are you moving soon where you're looking around? I know. I think we talked about it.
Yeah, we are now after the pergola.
Well well, with the with the baby, we have to think about school districts and the school district where I currently live in. Let's just say Suk's is really bad. So that's why I was able to afford this house. So, yes, within four or five years, we have to we we have to move or else she's not going to get a good education and I'm not going to lie.
We're looking around California, but we're also looking out of California because, man, when you find out the tax rates in states like Colorado and Texas and Nevada, it's tempting. It's very tempting.
Had a funny conversation and with my neighbors had a little, I don't know, neighbor block party I was telling these guys about yesterday. And they're all sitting around and everyone in my neighborhood, the guys are like lawyers and the women are doctors and everyone's like super professional except for us. And and all the kids are all heading off to Stanford and Yale and shit. And at some point they said they looked at Sunny and they go like. What about you, because everyone's stomach, where they're going to go to college or the kids that were in college and it goes, I'm thinking about going to Colorado and they're like, oh, OK, be a golden buffalo or buffalo or whatever it is.
And I, like, chimed in. I'm like, no, no, he's going to Colorado. There's no school. He's going to work in a fucking carwash in Colorado. But he's going to lifts. He's answering like he's going to school somewhere. He's not. He's going there.
Pete's got a quick question up on line one or a comment. Pete, 47, Washington. Yeah, Adam Fall, Genette, let's talk to you guys and Brad. Yes, and I was going to say belated congrats, Brad, on the birth of your daughter. The the pictures you post on Instagram are adorable.
She is so gorgeous and has so much hair, Asian dwarf baby that we found. We found the perfect combo. We found the secret sauce hashtag AGB. It's great. Yeah, I think, Alison, I don't know if this is coachable, but can she be a lesbian as well, because with that combination, she will get into any college she wants and be hired by any Fortune 500 company.
She'll be vice president before long. Yeah, check all the boxes.
That that is what that is what we try to do. We just try to create the ultimate kid that that would go on the brochure of any college you get.
And yet you get Asian, you get Asian, dwarf lesbian. She will she will go in and do job interviews with, like the senior vice, whatever CEO over. And they're going to be going, well, I think you might be. And she's going to go, you don't understand.
I'm taking your job back now. Get and she's going to just walk over and sit in his desk.
It says here you went to Colorado. Yeah, I tried a couple of years. That's right.
All right. Asian, Asian, dwarf, lesbian will get you a job either as CEO of a Fortune 500 company or just the greatest category on PornHub, an unfavorable show, show up, light off fucking fireworks in the lobby of the building.
She works in drunk every day. And no one would ever go, you're out. You couldn't fire her.
Well, well, yeah. Because between the Asian dwarf and lesbian, whatever you do wrong or crazy, you just say, that's my culture, right.
And perfect and no. And no one knows which one you're talking about. No one's going to ask. Pete, what's your story?
I was just going to thank you for all your life hacks like the hitting the three three three. When you need a three minute thing on the microwave and you're left on red, it saves me time and worry all the time. And one of your things failed on me the other day for the first time ever, I pulled up to a four way stop at the same time as this older woman. She's, I don't know, late 50s or something.
And I did your your move where you point at her and you point in the direction of her blinker and so that she knows to go. And she waved back, she waved it and it just never happened. And I said three times and she kept waiting on the third time she crossed her arms and just started shaking her head back and forth.
And that's the covid. That's it's that's then she's it's forced a lot of folks to kind of go a little while in the thinking. That's not a pre covid move for her. The move for me is I've always said when you do the wave where you do the flappy hand, like, go ahead, go ahead. It's so vague. All it all it does is get the wave back. So you go, go, go. And they go.
Now you go, go. And that's why you go point go. And if you do point go nine times out of ten they go. But you I'm blaming it on the covid Pete.
Agree. That makes sense. That makes sense.
This same person probably just had a full mental breakdown and and a Trader Joe's, something she would have never formally done before the covid.
So but this is Karen behavior. Like I said, this is a woman who doesn't want to be told what to do and you're telling her what's the point? That's right. Yeah.
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So this will be an interesting experiment. Brad, we're going out and doing these shows and sort of finding a way. I will be super interested to find out how it felt for you and how and also they'll refine it and work it out as well, right?
Yeah, they did their first show last weekend and they kind of had a bunch of different comics on. On the bill, I think it was Chris Porter, Eric Griffin, Edwards and some others, and, yeah, I'm friends with them and I and I asked them about it and they said it was great. But there's a few kinks to iron out. But I think they will. And this is just this is just the new normal, the thing that we have to do in order to still do what we do for a living, which is tell jokes.
And for those of us that don't necessarily want to get on a plane or fly across the country or or be in a club that has questionable social distancing rules, this this is the way to go.
But you've been around. You've been there. You've done a norm. You've done a fair amount of trips around the country, right?
Yeah, I've done about six shows in front of live audiences during this during this whole time. And it it's certainly different when people say like, oh, man, you're going out with like thirty five fifty percent capacity. What that what is that like. And I always tell them I only started selling tickets like three or four years ago, so this is not too far off from me.
What is it you reckon in your wiring that's different? I'm really interested in how this is being processed by different people. Some people have a very personal kind of relationship with it. You know, at the far extremes, there's Mike Augusts, Mike Augusts gets on an airplane eating an apple with his mask around his neck and doesn't think about it at all. He and I have had no discussions about safety or anything. Just there's a gag. Get on a Southwest flight, go do it, come home.
That's it. There's literally no thoughts about it. Then I have other friends where, like I said, my friend Daniel, I called them and said, I'm in the neighborhood. When I stopped by, it's like, how how are we going to do that? I'm like, I'm just I'll come by and I'll go like, well, but we can. And I'd go, why not. He'd go, what we got we got to stay distance.
Like you could sit in your car in the driveway, I'll talk to you. And I was like, oh this is he is processing this much differently than I am and much different than Mike. But how do you figure how do you account for that processing? It's not it's not like you have information that he doesn't have or he has information that you don't have. You're not digesting it the same way or something is going on. And have you always been that way?
I mean, for me, it's just I'm somewhere in the middle of those two extremes where I go, OK, if we go out and we all and if people wear masks and if we keep our distance and if I don't do a meet and greet afterward, if I if I'm not as social as I normally am and if people clean the clubs and do and everything like that, we can do we can do this.
We can have some resemblance of normal as long as we all follow the rules. I know a bunch of the NFL teams are some of the NFL teams are announcing that they're going to have people in the stadium. I think I think your chiefs yesterday announced that they're going to have like thirty two percent capacity of Arrowhead Stadium, which is about like eighty thousand people.
And so since I mean, you're you're outside, it's not a covered and it's 32 percent capacity. I mean, I don't know how many seats are in there, but you're sitting so far away from everyone else. Why not? Yeah.
And you have to take the initial scared part out of your brain where there is an initial part of like that. Go outside and socialize. And no, let me start thinking about you go. Oh, but you go and like you say, you have three or four seats in between you and the next person, OK, this can work like we can go outside and we can enjoy a concert outside if everyone follows the rules and everyone and everyone respects one another and stays distant and wears masks and things and things like that.
And I guess that's part of my brain where I go. I know that I'm going to, you know, do whatever I can to be safe when I go out and do these shows. I can't control everyone. But if if I know the club is making really strong efforts in the clubs, I've gone to have been great. They've been awesome in terms of like distancing the people. And they even like when the show is done, they let they let people out in like in in segments so they can socially, just as they as they exit the club.
It's like a wedding buffet. Yeah. If you can do all those things, OK, I still have to make a living. So that's and I'm not one of these guys that has a successful podcast where I can stay in and and have the checks just roll in like like like a ball. Brian.
Well I, I get it where this is, this is what I have to do. So I'm going to I'm going to go. I'm going to be safe, I'm going to do my best to follow all the protocols and be logical, and I'm going to go out and have a good talk.
I'll give you a simpler answer to this whole thing, which is I I was watching CNN yesterday and CNN yesterday featured a story where a woman is sixty five, seven year old woman. She followed every rule. She did everything they said to do with all the handwashing, all the masks, wearing everything dead, dead, killed by covid. So I was like, OK. And then I've talked to being from Kevin and Bean and he's like, we followed every rule and being the only friend of mine who got it that that I'm really aware of.
And then I turn on CNN Saturday night.
No, no side effects, zero effects, no symptoms, no symptoms from him or or his wife. But they got it. But there's no facts. So I'm I'm assuming everyone is going to get it, but but no facts for a lot of people. So I would I'd be curious if you got it. I may.
I don't care. But this is interesting, though. I probably don't. But Cranston got it. Zero facts being got it in Florida, but it's like the flu. But either way, he did all the rules. The person on CNN did all the rules and his dad then I turn on this morning and there were doing the DNC and they had the woman on there whose father was a Trump supporter, and he listened to Trump and he didn't follow any of the rules and now he's dead.
So CNN has given me two examples of someone who's followed all the rules and his dad and someone who didn't follow the rules is dead. And with that in mind, I shall get a I shall go about my life. That's the way I look at it.
Yeah, it's sort it's sort of like you can follow all the rules and be the best driver in the world. And unfortunately, there could be a circumstance where someone runs a red light.
They've been drinking and they smashing to you and gone my great friend who lived a very healthy life and had a brain aneurysm and just passed away.
It was that instant they were healthy, just bam, gone. So, yes, there's a way to do this, that you can still live your life and still be considerate of others and still follow rules. And kind of like a nice a nice midway point.
Brad Williams going to be doing a live comedy, The Drive in at Irvine, and that is this Saturday. There's an 8:00 p.m. show. They're probably going to add a ten o'clock show if you guys go out and get some more of those tickets. Brad Williams comedy Dotcom is where you go. Thanks Brad. Jim Belushi is waiting on Zoome I'm going to hit Madison Read Mr and then we'll talk to Jim. So you got a little gray creeping up in the beard and on the temples might I suggest a little Madison read.
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He's got a three part docu series, Growing Bellucci. I watched the first episode last night, premieres tonight 10:00 p.m. on Discovery. Dan Aykroyd's in this thing. And Judy, who's John's widows in this thing as well. Very interesting cast of characters and we'll tell you more about it. Jim, good to see you, my friend.
Nice to see you. Good to see you, too. Before we get into this, let me pay a compliment. One of my favorite movies has been Salvador. And with you and Jim, you and James Woods, Oliver Stone movie, I believe, and they've been playing it recently on Showtime or HBO. It's like it's made this it's made the rounds recently. I'm not sure why, but there it is. And I'm enjoying it.
Well, that was that was an edgy, edgy movie that, you know, we had there was no money to make that movie. Oliver hadn't done Platoon yet. This was before put to be a directed one movie called The Man. Right.
The Hand that Jimmy and I would be on the set and he'd give us a direction.
We turn to him, we go, you know, Oliver, I think this mission on the scene is ahead right in the middle.
But I'm not like I can't direct people all over me. And it was funny, but we had no money in that movie. We had no makeup, no trailers. We just had a chair. Oliver gave up his twenty five thousand dollars salary for the horses in the big battleship. I mean, it was down and dirty filmmaking. And it was it was it was a beautiful piece. I did a beautiful job with that movie.
It was a it it looked like it was what it was. I don't know where you filmed that, but I mean, it had a lot of comedy in it, like when you went to go get your dog out of the pound and they euthanized it. That was a super funny scene. But you were like really good together Saturday Night Live at the time.
And I think all the white guys, Ralph. And Oliver saw that and wanted me for the movie I want I don't know how you did a white guy rapping Caspian Salvador, but he wanted humor. Actually, there was a lot of humor, like a cut out because it's it's just really hard to place to do that kind of story. So I was kind of the guy that was helping with some. Really? Yeah.
The it was Oliver Stone and James Woods before they went insane. So it was like, I don't what was Oliver Stone and James Woods like? You know, mid sanity. First of all, the is always going to say, oh, azzi, he never changes the same scene, by the way. Extremely funny guy. Hmm. And Aliber was. I don't know, he wasn't insane, really. He was he was it was cute and he had his little family with them, his wife and the little baby, Charlotte, and he was so happy to be filming.
And he was very tense. I mean, I did one scene. And in one scene where I played Dr. Rock, who is a real guy who was a genius and this guy was just a pain in the ass Weiner Anyway, I said, Albert, I'm not going to play.
This guy's going to be the most unlikable character on film. So now we're shooting a scene and as an actor, they go curtain, you turn your head up and look to the director for direction, right? And I would look to our and he would go look.
Like what? Do it again, I would do it again and I'd look up and he just wipe his brow, do it again. And what do you want to take of screaming, Oliver? What do you want? What do you want? Tell me what you want. I thought I was doing all right. What do you want? Because I want you to be more whiny. What do you mean more whiny now? Roll the camera. He wanted me up in this whiny position.
I wouldn't go there. So he aggravated me to the point where I undo what was a great performance.
I got to say, well, thank you. I always I always love that movie. I know Brian was probably just looking it up.
Well, no, actually, when I when I went down the wormhole of was speaking of performances, before we get into the new show, Mr. Belushi, I'd totally forgotten as a huge SNL fan, I forgot that you were on. No, I'm not the Iran. I remember that. But like you crossed over in a very tumultuous time in the show. Sisters, Dick Eversole years, right? Or right around there.
Yeah, it was Dick. It was Dick who hired me. I did a show at the Huntington Hertford, a second city review. And Brandon Tartikoff came and saw it and called Dick and said, I think you should put Belushi on the show. And it was right after John passed. And, you know, there was a lot of. A lot of controversy around. Not for me, but everybody around me, them do you, do you, do you and do you remember or know that Lorne Michaels left the show for five years or whatever it was?
Yeah, I saw that on your show.
You know, God bless you for trying hard, but she almost killed that show.
Well, it's funny because those are the last celebrated years. Like, they kind of been lost to history to a certain extent. But there's some great stuff out of those years.
Eddie Murphy and you and Julia, you found Eddie Murphy and Joe Episcopo and Dick Ebersol kept those two and then hired us around them. Right. And then the second year would take over. So he went out and got the Yankees. Basically, you want to talk about Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Marty Short, Harry Shearer, all pros, when that show was always about the young talent finding their way. But he saved the show to save the show, saved my ass to man because I was very difficult.
And you fired me.
And I know that. Oh, yeah, he fired me. And I came back basically on my knees and said, I'm sorry. And he put me on probation and he put his arm around me and care for me and taught me. And I had the best year on Saturday Night Live because I know a lot of people go like him, but I'm a big fan of his. Dick was saving to go and save me. Dick had the sports background, right?
He was a sports guy. Why were you so difficult?
I was immature, know I was young, I was emotional, I was crazy, I was drinking, I was certain that I was, you know, for being on stage, you know, all of a sudden you're in front of 20 million people. I'm very competitive to get scenes on your right. Is the right stuff for you then only right for the host and the right for Billy. But it just was a fight. It was a fight to get on the show.
It was a fight to get your genes that first half hour because that show never fought ratings from competition and only fought sleep. So followed that first half hour. And then he put all the commercials in the back, you know, they had nine commercials, so they probably only got two or three commercials the first half hour that will load them up in the next hour.
So it was very competitive. It was very hard. I'm very direct and I was immature. And so it was a little emotional. I threw a fire extinguisher I ever saw once.
How old were you?
I got to be 20, 20, so maybe the speaking of SNL, so the strain of pot that we're growing and Jim's growing in the series is a Captain Jack, who was the dealer for SNL back in the day, who's still around and now helping you sort of scientifically.
That guy's story I found very interesting. And it's come full circle. So why don't you tell my listeners a little bit about Captain Jack. Well, Captain Jack is well, he a captain, was a tuna fisherman, right? He gets big tuna off the shores of New England her way out. He was always an agricultural sort of forestry major in college in the 60s, the oldways grew and he always had a nose for it. And he heard that there was some, you know, some cannabis in Afghanistan that was like LSD.
Mm hmm. So he got himself to the mountains, the Kush Mountains. There's a village called Mazar i Sharif. I can't quite pronounce it. It was known for its hasheesh for hundreds of years because it's right along the Silk Road. So he endeared himself with the elders and he worked really hard in the fields.
And the second summer, he wants the gift of him. The seats and he came back those seats and he's been growing from seed to flower ever since. So that was a very unique land race stirring, not a hybrid that has it has an incredible amount of terpene, terpene sort of flavor in a taste that mixed of the CBD and THC create an entourage effect. So it's a very unique feeling and it's got energy in it. And it's just sparks creativity more than anything.
It is fun. I mean, you know, all writers are sitting around in the room now.
Well, I did this one time. I had a little hit, often a six to buzz man. We were popping off each other. So as we heighten things so high, we laughed so hard on our. I see where they got the Coneheads from McDonald's. He was the dealer, he was the backstage guy at SNL, but Underwriter's Night, Mondays and Tuesdays to stay up late. They would hit up this, keep them up, keep going, come up with crazy shit and the halls just stunk of it.
So Captain Jack was known as the smell of SNL.
So we have that straight or looking at Captain Jack and Dan with the conehead. With the conehead on. Yeah, that was a crazy one of the crazy parts about this doc series. Just like when they start pulling up pictures from back in the day. You got Akroyd now and you got Captain Jack now. But it's verified with these old pictures.
Yeah. Oh yeah. And it's it's is I mean, we it's a strain that just I mean, if you want to go into detail about the Marines are about five percent vs.. Seventy two percent of the 72 percent of the machine, which is a which is a terpene, the things the cellular wall of your brain cells. And so it allows the CBD and THC to go in. So that's that's the entourage effect is a very, very good terpene at this point as well.
How on now? When you watch it, you'll see just tons and tons of bud and the whole process of it. But and it's all your land. We got ninety three acres in Oregon.
Yeah, we're southern Oregon.
Where does that put you? That's the closest we've heard of.
You know what aquarium is, what they call the banana belt, which is like a banana leaf and it goes down and this is the perfect area to grow cannabis, grapes, peers. But we're in a parallel between Napa and about 40 miles north of the that parallel all the way across the world is one of the great growing. It's got Napa and it goes all the way to Burgundy and Bordeaux. So it's really a great spot. Northern California, Southern Oregon is really the capital of the great cannabis.
How long is it from seed to flower?
Well, vegetation from opponents 10 days to root and then you put it in a gallon bucket and you let it grow a little bit more for a week or two, then you could have another one for another week and then you take it out. And depending on the strain to go from 10 to 14 weeks and the whole process is probably about 20 weeks.
What's the. And how how does it work financially, like how do you how do you then sell it? Like who? Who represents it? Are the brokers? Do they, I don't know, do what they do with wine distributors. How does that work?
Oh, they have all that stuff. But as a farmer, we have a right to do whatever we sell it to whoever we want. So individually, I only have about 40 to 50 dispensaries in the state of Oregon or just five hundred. I'm like a boutique hire and grow. And my cousin Chris and I was in the show literally drive it to dispensaries and sold ourselves. But our distributors that, you know, take about 15 to 20 percent on what they sell to all the dispensaries.
Yeah, Gina, I noticed a lot of your methods are a little atypical, but probably maybe some some ranching and farming secrets that the rest of us don't know about.
I like how personal you get with each plant and they're named and they they're you have a special connection with each.
I'd love to hear a little more about that. And playing music for certain plants, which scientifically we have sometimes does make a difference.
I got to tell you, you know, when you share and show your love to anything or anybody makes them feel good, doesn't look like Dick Chollet with you back in the day when you do this to this point, you make them feel good and they bloom and they feel good and they communicate in a way.
I mean, you can feel their energy. So I do. I name them. You know, I play music for them. I got speakers and all of them. And I play like baby making music for them in the morning.
Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass around noon. I play like a little reggae and then I go to blues and funk. Toward the end of the day, keep them up my heart.
I play gospel music because I want these girls to know they're going into the light to heal. Oh yeah. And by the way, it goes as far as the one the males do you have to kill?
We play funeral music as we take it out. Wow.
You should do a Bellucci grow Spotify list so the rest of us can control it with our houseplants.
Well, you know what? We talked about that with Blenman show putting together a little list because there are they definitely respond.
Your parents are Albanian immigrants, right?
Yeah, my father was an immigrant. He came when he was 16 and my mom's parents came. She was born here.
But Albanian. Yes.
That's how most famously depicted in the movie Wag the Dog. That's right. No, the fake North Albania.
They interviewed Jim Belushi as a proud Albanian and then they cut to Willie Nelson and, you know.
Well, so how did you guys find your way to comedy from Albania feel like?
Well, I hear a story about my great grandfather, who was, you know, from the mountains of Albania, but he was a violinist, an entertainer, and he would go through Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and entertain the sultans.
And he made quite a bit of money and actually retired. So that's the only place I could think of, because John definitely feels like one of those guys did well in there.
But John was the one. I mean, John, look, John made it available to me. I mean, John wasn't around to be working in my dad's restaurant tonight. My dad was a restaurant guy.
So John's five years older right now.
And so he's I know he's playing football. He's the middle linebacker on a football team in high school, but he's also bringing back comedy albums and things like that. It's like exposing you to this stuff.
Exactly. He used to bring the Bob Newhart with Bob Newhart. He had that one crazy comedy album. But White House.
Oh, yeah, I know what you're talking about was one of the first ones.
And the first thing he did was there's a crucial spot on that album. And he memorized that and did it in the eighth grade talent show.
Yeah, I'm it sounds familiar. And I'm trying to think of what that what that was as the name of that Christl first year Family First Family.
How many albums were a big. Deal and also something that maybe kids won't have today, which is although Netflix specials be other comedy album, well, they're going to have Netflix specials, but they're going to have five hundred Netflix specials.
They don't have repetition. You bought one record. You bought a Bill Cosby record or George Carlin record to listen to a 2000 times I one of the winners was another one.
Right. And the biggest one was Bob Newhart because Bob Newhart was a Chicago guy. So we always like Bob. You are right. Yeah. You know, I mean, there weren't that many back then.
Right. So you're in any here. Well, hold on. But what I'm saying is, is so what you would do is you would sit there and listen to the same record over and over again, and then you'd memorize the bet and then you'd go out and do the bit in the talent show versus that's what you get right.
Versus going home and watching Ninet on Netflix, which is fine, but you wouldn't memorize the whole thing first would bum out the school. But secondly, you just go right onto the Bill Bhawan right after that, you know what I mean? Like my kids listen to a thousand songs. They don't listen to the same Beatles album, like just over and over and over.
So in a way, it's we're kind of depriving our kids of that repetition, which sounds monotonous. But in a way, what it maybe it's spawned a John and a Jim Belushi. Yeah, I mean, that that album, that first family did Krushchev, you got those laughs, you got hooked to those laughs, right? And when he started in the eighth grade and accessability, I imagine, because not every kid had access to this.
So they're hearing it for the first time as opposed to now where we all know everything.
It's only a click away. Right. Right.
Any comedy fan my age can recite almost verbatim to this day that Adam Sandler, they're all going to laugh at you. That was a seminal moment in my in my youth. We are in my high school job, was bagging groceries. Right, for like two years.
I still do that. Oh, yeah. And afterwards, you know, the boy has to clean all the aisles, just, you know, do all the clava sweeping all the mopping once the store closes.
So when the store closed, we put the intercom against, you know, very old school, but against a CD player. And we played it Adam Sandler over the loudspeakers because there was a huge thing and huge thing in our lives.
Oh, that's funny, man. Yeah. I wonder if almost like the Playboy bunny, like Miss December, you know, you're waiting for the Christmas issue of Playboy to come out or you had this kind of relationship like I can remember the women, the playmates from the time I was about 15 to the time I was about 18. I know them all.
Like, if you show me an old picture, like, oh, yeah.
Now when Karen McDougal is in the news and a former Playboy playmate, Karen McDougal. Right. Right.
So now my kids have you porn and it's two million people, fucking four thousand million hours. And I don't think just like whatever you had with your bicycle, like, remember, you lost my bicycle is a big deal at a comedy record.
I was it was my independence that would ride my bicycle.
So it's kind of interesting that in a way, with this with our kids growing up with Amazon and you porn and and Netflix, we're kind of depriving them of that relationship. Like my son may go. I like comedy, but he won't have the Adam Sandler story and he won't have the first family story. And I think I had a George Carlin album called Toledo Window Box, I think. And there was pot in the in the window box. And I know the bits from that thing.
It's not going to happen that way anymore.
Oh, now I know. I know. But they do. My kids do a lot of repetition on songs. I mean, they know the words to a lot of songs, man. I don't know.
I can barely understand what they're saying and how songs in these rap songs and they know every word, so. There is repetition there, so for you, so John passed when he was 30, 32, what was he was three thirty three. And so year 28.
26. And I think it was twenty seven point twenty eight when I did Saturday Night Live. That's right.
And I got the dates how your parents were alive when he passed that line. Yeah, I always hate that story. It's a shame, you know, parents, you know, losing their you know, they weren't the same, you know. The number one fear in life is death, but the number two fear in life is the collapse of a family. And when there's a death or a serious illness or a loss of a job or divorce, it collapses the family or alcoholism, the collapse of family.
When John passed and just collapsed, her family was like putting a hand grenade into the family dinner. Everybody gets shrapnel somewhere and everybody reacts differently. And everyone else, everyone gets their own pain and suffering. And it was it was a terrible time. Was so hard to watch my mom especially. You know, it's a sad thing. And but it happens to so many people in this world, these traumas, the trauma of loss of a sibling or a son or a daughter.
Or a wife or husband and these traumas. Really play out in your everyday life and people are screaming inside from the anxiety or from the grief, and people reach for medicine and they go to Ambien to sleep or Xanax to calm down or alcohol, which I'm not saying anything bad about alcohol. I would drink once in a while, but I still think the safest medicine. Is candidates, I mean, it's not violent, you know, it's a pathway for veterans to get out for opiates, overprescribed patients relieves anxiety, inflammation, sleeplessness, non violent, helps with depression, PTSD.
I mean, it just goes even hopelessness.
Well, how are they you know, what's going on in the in the docu series?
You're alluding to your brother who's playing football, playing middle linebacker, definitely. Definitely had some head trauma. And, you know, they there's this thing with the NFL where some guys were smoking weed to alleviate some pain and the NFL was coming down on them. And it's like you want them taken opioids. Why not why not do this if if it can relieve their pain or inflammation or whatever, you know, they must be good.
They're starting to get it. They really are starting to open up a small window there. I think you're starting to get it. I mean, I ran it through a veteran who was a medic in Iraq and he said I saw things that happened to the human body that nobody should ever see. And he said, I have PTSD, triple PTSD, I don't know what that means, but they gave me six hundred OxyContin a month.
Oh my God, I met them in the line at a dispensary that I was going to do a little visit. And he said to me that I got off them and he said, I can't talk to my family, my kids and my wife. I can't sleep. Is what your black diamond dog is the only screen I've found that allows me to sit with my family and sleep. And he got teared up and he hugged me and I said, Hey, man, I didn't make this.
And he said, No, but you're Stuart. And that changed my whole point of view on cannabis, and it became the not a business to me anymore, but a mission, you know, story after story after story of people. Who are screaming inside and the quiet that scream. You and I, we we can manage just screaming, but there's people that lose control over that. And Canibus could really be something to help. And it's non-toxic. And, you know, I don't know any, you know, physical abuse that happens from now.
I tell the story that, you know, I was a bouncer in Chicago and I never broke up a fight between two potheads.
Yes. Speaking of Chicago, I was there a few weeks ago and I was trying to picture where your your dad, your parents owned a restaurant out there. Yeah, it's that restaurant still around. And where was it? And when did your parents pass away? And are you still around in Chicago? Do you have a residence there?
No, no. I live in Los Angeles and of course, southern Oregon on the farm. But my my father lost his business in 1969.
The mob wanted his restaurant. And they by the way, this is in the second episode. They basically threatened my dad's family. Why they went his restaurant. Well, one is that he wouldn't take anything from them, he wouldn't take their land in the cigarette machines, so how they managed their money and somebody else wanted it, one of them, they just back then, if you if you call the police to say that they were serving a minor in a restaurant, they take your liquor license away until you prove that wasn't right.
So they did that three times and my dad lost all his customers and then they threatened him and he just got out and talk about trauma, PTSD. This poor guy sat in the back yard in his shorts smoking Chesterfields for three years. You know, on those traumas, pass on to John to me. And that was the first collapse of the family.
And then they started going from there till they got incinerated with know.
Would you say overall because I'm now, I don't know, just popped in my head. But you say you had a happy childhood or young life or was it highs and extreme lows? How would you how would you typify it?
I don't know, I was just a kid mouths again, I was a middle child, John was the hero, my little brother and I was just looking for my so I don't know, I got arrested a lot. I was a juvenile delinquent. I was on probation from the ages of 13 to 18.
What were you doing? I was I got busted for smoking pot like three times, stealing my parent's car, which is considered a felony. Right. You know, I got some fistfights, stole shit, stupid stuff.
I mean, look at me.
I mean, we're looking at a picture, by the way, and that shot that high school senior year in high school, all of the hair given.
Given your background, were you taken seriously as a performer by by your peers or by even maybe your older brother's peer? You mean like I can see how they might have looked down on you at the time, given the fact that you were giving your background, how did that come to come to play?
I don't quite understand your fear. I mean, I know in high school, you know, it was weird when I came out with the choir for choral concert, all my buddies that were hung out in the pool hall that we drank with, you know, our little criminal element, you know, would laugh at me because I have these big role and I'd be singing, you know, the narrative that popped into my head.
Tell me to explain why I'm wrong is let's say you end up on SNL. You're 27 years old. Whatever it is.
Obviously, you had a second city background, but did some of the people there maybe think, you know, John's younger brother, but like the opposite, really?
It was absolutely the opposite. Oh, that's a good manager. Penny Marshall. They all told me, don't do what you're going to get slaughtered. And I said, look. I'm second city actor, all second to the actors want to be on Saturday Night Live, all those guys I keep from Second City, they've created this format with that feeling and that rhythm. It's a natural extension for me to go to. And, you know, John was brilliant.
I'm just I'm just being I'm just an actor. I'm cool with that. I love that. He was brilliant. And I'm going to take a shot at it. And I did. And I was embraced. Oh, right. I was embraced because I think people really cared for John. And I was like younger brother. And they I think they wanted to see me be OK or something because people were the audiences were very nice to me. That's great.
What do you see in that since you were already literally part of the family?
Did you ever consider changing your last name to Cage before you did it? Just for the purity, just for the art.
I didn't want to change my name really, because John was starting to get famous. And I said talking to all from the mountains of Albania.
And then I was thinking of changing, changing my name because I'm going to these things John's and I thought I'd change my name to him very rarely.
I want nothing but forget about.
What is speaking of interesting last names. Akroyd we're all used to Akroyd. It's a crazy last name as you just hear it sort of nakib like Akroyd and it's a funny disease.
Yeah. So Sandrone I have Aykroyd's on my. Yeah. All right. So have you lost all your vision yet or do you have to drive. Not at night. I have Akroyd syndrome. I guess it's a crazy last thing that we're used to. We grew up our whole life hearing it. But you know, it's Bubble Akroyd and Baluchis.
Pretty weird, too.
Yeah, it's a weird name. It's like people pronounce sobriety. People even spell it right. It's like, wow. But Akroyd is really weird and and Dan's in the in the dock.
I can I ask you the same question. Is this like. Yes. Do you have to go to the bathroom or you want to. Yeah. Yeah. Go to the bathroom.
You go why not go the bathroom. I'll do a spot in time. Same question. Accuride your current relationship. Let's talk about skull vodka for a minute.
I know he's such an interesting character to me. Akroyd and I always I loved him on SNL because I'll say this while Jim's in the bathroom, John was crazy energy and over the top. But Akroyd was like this laser focused. Never missed the syllable kind of guy. He's a technician. He was a technician. And I thought that was so it was so precise. It was sort of like watching Dennis Miller do stand up back in the early nineties or late eighties.
I got that guy so sharp. You know, there's like every syllable seems to have been worked out, committed to memory, never seemed to hiccup or miss miss a beat. And I always appreciated that about him.
I always wonder about him like I do a Steve Martin. And I assume Mr. Lewis is a good guy to ask how many people really know Dan Aykroyd, you know, I mean, like they know Steve Martin or you know what I mean.
Yeah. And so he's all over the doc as well, so. Well, we'll ask him year.
He is one of the, you know, talking about John so much. When John passed, it was Dan Aykroyd and John Kennedy. Who approached me and the only two people that approached me and put their arm around me said, You OK? I'm really sorry. Anything you need, you let me know, and they've both embraced me like a younger brother when I did Saturday Night Live. The first show we were talking about all the pressure and what people are going to think in the younger brother and Saturday Night Live, among the first host was John Candy.
Wow. And he came up. He came into office in front of people.
He said to me, what do you want to do, and I want a job. You're the host. We're here to kind of. You know, help you with what you want to do. He goes to Alooshe, this is your first show. What do you want to do?
I've always thought I've never met John Candy.
He always just seemed like the greatest guy in the world. And I thought I failed him.
Two guys from that Toronto second city, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy, they were the joy boys. And they raised me mean. Danny brought me into the Blues Brothers.
Yeah. The Blues Brothers for 25 years have the time of my life, which showed me the music. And it was Danny. Come on. So now it's kind of weird to do, Danny, because now it's like a law firm. Well, the brother goes down to the other brother comes in. Come on in. Yeah, go ahead, Brian.
Footnote, Christie was very good friends with John Kennedy's daughter when they were in high school together. Gennifer Candy, very nice things to say about John Kerry. He's like a really sweet guy.
Oh, he was cool. Cool, Dad. Cool that I have him on my list. Of course, John Belushi's on it. But John Candy and Phil Hartman are on my list of, like, I miss what more they could have brought. I wanted more product out of them. I wanted more movies and more voices and more just harmony was a good one, wasn't he?
Oh my God. That guy just seemed like another great guy. But what a what a talent and what sort of quiet talent, you know, what an amazing ability without ever being that sort of Big Sam Kinison type, you know, out front, but just quietly just cranking out the funny, you know, God gives you something now.
Yeah. Yeah. We're we're missing some great ones. I agree.
But, you know, they they laid their stuff down. It was captured. We're talking about them now. It's there now. We're at a point where you can just pick up your phone, punch in some of these guys names, punch a subject in and watch that bit again. Like, I don't know, is anyone really gone these days?
Now is the best of Lionel Hutz is still around. Oh, my God. I don't forget Troy McClure.
Look at him. He's wearing a belt.
I mean, like in such videos is smoke yourself then and get confidence stupid.
Oh I, I will watch that and I'll watch it with my kids. I get the best of Lionel Hutz. So good. All right. Let's see. Let me, let me Jim, are you going to hang out with us and do the news. What's sure. OK, all right.
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