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Hey, everybody, it's me, Rob, and I'm just popping in to tell you about a new show from my partners at Team Coco called Dads, the podcast. It's hosted by the hilarious comedian Rory Scovel. And each week he and his co-host, Ruthie Whyatt, talk to people like David Cross and John Leguizamo, Andy Richter, Sabrina Jolies and others about parenting, fatherhood, how the family has made them what they are today. And does it matter whether you're a parent or not?
You're going to love the show. The very first episode is out. It's with Conan O'Brien. Everybody knows he's the worst father ever. So please tune in to see Big Red, as I call him. Talk about fatherhood. It's really, really fun. Really, really cool. Don't forget to subscribe to it. And by the way, if you have to subscribe to my little show, please do that, too. And now, without further ado, here is the aforementioned Conan O'Brien.
Did your other siblings also realize the reward of making your dad laugh that become competitive where it was like you could be the funniest? Who could get his attention in that in that way?
I think it's Bill Murray who said that or his education in comedy. A lot of it was around the table, the kitchen table, and my parents still with us and still living in in Brookline, Massachusetts.
And they sit at that same table. And I see it every time I go home.
And they still serve food to the places of their kids. Yes. Aren't there. Yeah. And the kids say, yeah, yeah. But it's like baseball now. They've just put up cardboard images of the US and food just going bad for this.
And they, they ladle oatmeal onto the old crusty cardboard cutouts that are rotting with stinking food and the food just dribbles down the front and then they have arguments with us, you know, why can't you do better in math?
And but anyway, yeah, I go and I sit at that table and I think, yeah, I used to I know exactly where I used to sit and each one of us would try and get on a roll and try and get something going. And that's where it started. That's where it started for me. Yeah. Is your dad funny?
Yeah, he's funny. It's so funny to talk about my dad this way, but I'm talking about him now like a comedian, meaning I'm like, you know, he's funny, but sometimes his delivery is too slow.
He winds it up too much and it's a little too precious. He's a size and he's too excited about it. He to a little bit not a musician about it. You know, he'll tell you a story beginning then but didn't remember. Remember what I told you earlier.
He'll remind you of the part. I don't know. I got that part. Yeah. And I'd be like, Dad, speed it up. Yeah. And Jimmy, we're going to rewrite it. And you're looking at the setup seven times. Yes. Yes, exactly. I get it. I get it. We all get it. What are you, a fucking scientist or a comedian? And he's like, I'm a scientist.
I'm the funniest scientist at work and I work alone. I have cardboard cutouts of other scientists in the lab, but I'm funnier than my microscope.
I work in a lighthouse off the shore. Yeah. Oh, and I have the funniest one there.
I think that's probably true of all of us. I mean, I don't know what's what was your experience? When did you worry? I'm going to say and I'm just going to say it, you're one of the funniest people I know. And I don't know a lot of people.
You know me. I know you and your dad and I know the secretary of defense. And I think you're the funniest of those two. But you're you're very, very incessantly funny person and in a very unique way. And it's just thinking, like, you had to have known that early, that you had that superpower. You had to know I won.
I appreciate you saying that very much. I agree that I think with Bill Murray and what you just said is that it starts at such a young age. I it also started for me realizing how much my dad and like his siblings, how you could get their attention if you did something funny, because they would all try to be funny, I think, to make their dad laugh. And as like the grandchild of that, I got to witness the process and then try to figure out how to fit into it, which is funny because I don't think any of my other siblings do that at all.
I had no competition of anyone else trying to be funny. All of my other siblings were like, no, we're like making straight A's and becoming doctors.
And that's what's impressing Dad like. Well, I'm choosing a career that doesn't pay anything for a solid decade.
So who's winning now? So who's winning? Because he'll smirk sometimes at my comments.
But I remember my dad very clearly. I think it was on AMC back when AMC was, you know, actually played classic movies. And it was like or it was maybe Turner Classic Movies, but the Marx Brothers Horsefeathers came on and my dad made me watch it.
And I remember that kind of the light bulb went off, that adults can be silly.
And then I was like, oh, I like this. I thought adults, you know, could make jokes. But then it never occurred to me you could make a career out of it.
So I I'm willing to bet that there's a lot of comedians who do have, you know, influence of either parent.
But for some reason and I think that's kind of where this podcast generates from, is that mystery of dads and fathers. And why why was it that when your dad laughed at a joke that meant so much to you and I bet you there's so many dads who were like tough.
It was tough to get them to laugh or it meant something.
It's one of the best connections you can have with somebody, because there's a kind of making someone laugh at something even kind of strange that's uniquely you is a way of almost having a secret handshake. Like, you know you know, that they really understand you. It's such a it's such an intimate thing.
And so, you know, obviously Freud explained it a million times, but we're afraid of our dads. But we also there are heroes. You know, part of us wants to murder them. The other part thinks we'll know I'll get caught. I can't kill him. I'll do time in jail. But it could look like an accident. Then you go down that hole.
I'm still a minor, so maybe this is the time to do it.
Do it now before I'm I turned 16, but I'm always putting stuff off with which Freud also says, yes, exactly.
And, you know, he doesn't have a set schedule. He goes to the lab at different times. So it's hard to position myself with the rifle in the right place. I don't know when the car is going to come by and, you know, the right rifle. I ordered it through the mail, which was Oswald's mistake. Don't do that. You want to make sure it's not connected to you.
Anyway, we've all had those thoughts and that's sums up all of our thoughts about fathers. But if you can make your father laugh, it's magical. It's just this magical like, oh, he gets me. And I just reduced him to this shaking, red faced guffawing. Pyle And you're like, that's fantastic. So, of course, that would you then want to double down on that?
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