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I'm a big fan. I would love to have coffee bar. I love Philly on the street and I love your comedy. And so you do interview people. And I was curious to know how that skill set just sort of serves you and.
Yeah, what we were just talking about this before we started recording, but it does help me. It helps me in social situations on a date, especially a first date, which is really a job interview of sorts, because dating me would be sex occupation with very little room to grow.
I feel like dating is why people get married to avoid dating. I think you are right about that.
It's like so many hours of awkwardness and finally you're just like, let's just get married.
So that actually does help me on dates to keep the conversation going, especially when the other person's going to die or socially awkward. So it helps me in that way. It helps me also in in meetings with work meetings or pitches or things like that. Again, just to keep the conversation going. People are shockingly shy and I don't have that problem. I have other problems, but I don't have that problem at all.
Rick Wilson is like super friendly, and I'm always giving him a hard time about being too friendly to people.
I don't know if I'm super friendly, but I'm. But you're friendly.
I'm just southern right now. That's true. That's the thing.
See, but there's a thing with that being southern, it's like you can be perfectly polite to somebody, but you're also saying, fuck you in a whole variety of different ways that other people don't recognize or understand various other people who say things like, oh, I would never have thought to wear that outfit.
Very passive aggressive, you know, all the derivations and variations of bless your heart.
Right, Billy, you grew up in New York City, which Jesse and I both did. Is it a weird transition to be in L.A. now? Does it feel?
Well, I don't know if you've heard this, but New York and L.A. are very different.
Tell me more. Get out. It's not new to me anymore. Truthfully, we always Billy on the street when it became a TV show, which shockingly, we shot the first season in the summer of twenty eleven. So it's almost ten years ago, which is crazy. I'd been doing that same kind of schtick for my live show and for, you know, the Internet for years before that. So when it became a TV show, it was produced by Funny or Die, which is based in L.A. So economically because I'm a total control freak and I also wanted to edit the episodes after we were done shooting them, we would obviously shoot in New York and then I would fly to L.A. to edit the show for a few months.
And I have editors that I love, that I work very closely with, but I was there twenty four, seven. Not a bit of that show gets edited without me. So that was my first opportunity to come to L.A. and then I just kind of snowballed and I ended up spending half a year here and I would fly back and forth. And now I've been here. The past two years is the first time in my life I've never had a place in New York also.
But, you know, I don't know if I wasn't in show business. What I live in L.A., I'm probably not, but I don't mind it. Certainly all the clichéd things. I grew up as a New Yorker. You know, you are supposed to hate L.A. You're conditioned to hate L.A. based on Annie Hall and any number of movies that you grow up watching.
But I don't hate L.A., you know, and it makes sense. Look, this is where my industry is to a certain extent. So it has been helpful in that way.
You did some cool stuff with the midterms. Can you talk about that? And why do you think more celebrities aren't politically.
Active like you are here. Well, I do think it's getting better. I think Trump pushed us to a place where even people who prior to this were very quiet and fearful of a potentially more conservative fan base. People like Taylor Swift being the most obvious example. And she's really come out of her shell politically in ways that I really appreciate and admire, because that must not be that's hard when you're it's easy to sit back from a distance and say, like, why doesn't.