With Comedy Central's Insomniac, Dave Attell, set to perform for three days at Uncle Funny's in Davie, New Times decided it would be a good idea to give the man a buzz at his hotel room in Boston to discuss his show, his standup, and life on comedy time.
Q:How have things changed since you started the show?
A: Since we have a couple of weeks down before we start shooting again, it's been good. It's been great! The turnout seems to be pretty good, selling out some rooms and getting a good crowd in there. You know, my kind of crowd. The drinking people.
Q:Do people follow you after the show now?
A: Yeah, and I'm not shooting the show, I'm doing my standup, so I don't know what they're doing.
Q:Are you really a night person, or is that just something you do for the show?
A: No, I've always had trouble sleeping. I'm on comedy time -- you stay up all night and sleep during the day.
Q:Have you always been a night person?
A: Yeah, I realized pretty early I gotta get something going at night. 'Cause otherwise, I'm gonna be unemployed.
Q:Especially with all the boozing, how do you manage to stay up all night throughout the show?
A: What are you, my mom?
Q:I'm just asking! I'd need a couple of pots of coffee, some serious drugs, or something. What's your secret, one lush to another?
A: I drink a lot of coffee. I get something to eat. But it's spaced out -- it's not as much drinking as people think. I drink more in my own life than I do on that show.
Q:Huh. Are there comedy groupies?
A: Not as far as I know. A girl threw her panties at me in San Francisco. It was pretty weird. They were very large panties, though. Shallow Hal-type panties.
Q:Do you still have the panties?
A: I'm wearing them right now.
Q:Aside from getting calls from people like me, how have things changed since you got the show and you're packing houses?
A: It's all good. It's a lot of work, it's a lot of traveling, but I'm not really complaining. Sometimes I'll be in a bar not shooting the show and people will come up to me and go, "Dave, where are the cameras?" That gets a little old. Other than that, my life's pretty much the same. Doing standup and doing the show. Working for Comedy Central, you have to do something else to make coin.