With what he just drank, you'd be holding your gut too

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.


Dave Attell

Uncle Funny's Comedy Club, 9160 State Rd. 84, Davie

October 18 to October 20. Performances are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20, plus a two-drink minimum. Call 954-474-5653.

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.

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