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12.19.18

Brian Posehn Talks His New Book, "Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams And Staying Metal"

The first memoir by beloved comedian, actor and writer Brian Posehn, hilariously detailing what it's like to grow up as and remain a nerd, with a foreword by Patton Oswalt. "Forever Nerdy" is a celebration of growing up nerdy and different. This isn't Brian's life story, just some bizarre and hilarious stories from his life, along with a captivating look back at nearly fifty years of nerd culture. Being a nerd hasn't always been easy, but somehow this self-hating nerd who suffered from depression was able to land his dream job, get the girl, and learn to fit in. Kind of. See how he did it while managing to remain forever nerdy.

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>>> HELLO, WORLD. I'M YOUR HOST MATT FORTE. WE'RE HERE LIVE AT THE BUILD STUDIO. OUR NEXT GUEST HAS WRITTEN FOR SOME OF THE FUNNIEST SHOWS EVER LIKE THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM. HE'S POPPED UP IN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS, LIKE THE "BIG BANG THEORY.” HE IS A RIDICULOUSLY FUNNY COMEDIAN AND HAS A NEW BOOK OUT CALLED FOREVER NERDY. MAKE SOME NOISE TO WELCOME IN THE GREAT BRIAN POSEHN.

>> HELLO, BRIAN.

>> HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M SO EXCITED YOU'RE HERE. THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. CONGRATULATIONS. YOU SHOULD BE VERY EXCITED AND PROUD.

>> I AM. IT WAS A LOT OF WORK. IT WAS THE HARDEST I'VE EVER WORKED ON ANYTHING. WRITING A BOOK IS BRUTAL. IT'S SUPER SATISFYING WHEN YOU'RE DONE. MY KID WHO IS A SMART ASS, HE IS LIKE DID YOU CALL IT FOREVER NERDY BECAUSE IT TOOK FOREVER? I WAS LIKE, HA HA, GET IN YOUR ROOM.

>> HOW OLD IS HE?

>> 9. HE'S LIKE MY BEST PAL. THE COOLEST LITTLE DUDE EVER.

>> THAT'S PRETTY FUNNY FOR 9.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE GOT IT BUT YEAH. HIS MOM IS SARCASTIC, TOO.

>> SO HOW, WHAT KIND OF WEIGHT OFF YOUR SHOULDERS, HOW RELIEVED ARE YOU? OUT IN THE WILD. IT'S A REAL THING.

>> NOW I'M JUST HAVING FUN. I WANT TO DO ANOTHER BOOK. NOW I KNOW HOW I WOULD DO IT, MANAGE MY TIME BETTER NEXT TIME. IT'S YOUR FIRST ONE SO I IMAGINE YOU LEARN A LOT ALONG THE WAY.

>> THERE'S A REASON DO I STAND-UP, TOO. LIKE I BARELY MADE IT OUT OF SCHOOL. IN JUNIOR COLLEGE, I WAS TURNING SHIT IN AT THE LAST MINUTE. I PUT IT OFF FOR THREE OR FOUR MONTHS AND PUT IT OFF AND SAID THAT WILL BE EASY.

>> YOU TREATED IT LIKE WINTER HOMEWORK?

>> YEAH. I SOLD AND IT SPENT THE MONEY ON THE ADVANCE AND WENT, OH, NO. NOW I HAVE TO DO THAT THING. IT WAS TOTALLY LIKE A PROJECT.

>> HONEY, WHAT WAS THAT THING THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

>> LUCKILY IT WAS MY LIFE. SO I HAD TO START GOING THROUGH AND CALLING FRIENDS GOING, HEY, YOU REMEMBER THIS STORY? IT JUST CAME TOGETHER.

>> YOU MENTIONED, YOU'RE DOING STAND-UP. YOU'VE BEEN DOING STAND-UP FOREVER. YOU HAVE WRITTEN SOME OF THE FUNNIEST SHOWS OUT THERE. DID ANY OF THAT EXPERIENCE, ANY OF THAT HELP YOU AT ALL?

>> IT DID. IT IS SO DIFFERENT FROM WRITING SCREENPLAYS OR SKETCHES. I DID MARVEL COMICS AND IT'S TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM ANY OF THAT TOUGH. MY WIFE IS MY BIGGEST SUPPORTER. SHE WAS LIKE, WHEN I WAS HAVING BAD MORNINGS, I STAYED UP UNTIL 4:00 IN THE MORNING AND I DID NOT GET SHIT DONE. YOU KNOW IT'S THERE, YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT IT. IF ANYONE CAN DO THIS, YOU CAN. SHE DOESN'T HAVE CONFIDENCE IN ME FIXING THE HOUSE OR OTHER THINGS BUT I CAN DEFINITELY WRITE.

>> SO I KNOW IT WILL COME TOGETHER. I FORGOT ABOUT THE DEAD POOL THING TOO. YOU'VE WRITTEN FOR EVERYTHING. AT THE VERY LEAST, IS THAT WHY, PART OF WHY YOU PUT IT OFF, TOO? A FALSE SENSE OF CONFIDENCE? I'VE WRITTEN ALL THESE THINGS, I'LL GET TO THE BOOK.

>> THERE IS A BIT OF THAT. I'M NOT A CONFIDENT GUY IN MOST WAYS. BUT COMEDY AND WRITING, LIKE THAT'S ONE THING WHERE I KNOW THAT MY BRAIN CAN DO THAT. YEAH. SO THERE IS A LITTLE OF, YOU'VE GOT THIS.

>> SO YOU DIDN'T TAKE A BREAK FROM ONE OR THE OTHER. YOU WERE DOING IT ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE TO BE OUT ON THE ROAD MOST OF THE TIME. THAT'S MY MAIN GIG. I LOVE IT. AND I PLAY IN CITIES, I GET TO GO TO ALL THE COOL PLACES IN THE COUNTRY.

>> ARE YOU CONSTANTLY, I WAS, THE MOST RECENT SPECIAL THAT I THINK I WAS ON, 25 TIMES 2. ARE YOU OUT THERE TRYING NEW STUFF OUT WHILE YOU'RE WORKING ON THE BOOK?

>> I AM. AND WITH THE BOOK, IT MADE IT HARDER TO WRITE JOKES BECAUSE I WAS SO MUCH ON THE BOOK. THE STAND-UP DID LAG IN THE LAST YEAR. NOT LAG. I KEPT DOING THE SAME JOKES. THE THING I ALSO DO IS I CHANGE THE JOEGS. ANYTHING FROM 25 TIMES 2 HAS GOTTEN EVEN FUNNIER IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF. I GET BORED WITH THINGS. SO I'LL START EMBELLISHING THEM.

>> I HAD LIKE A CHICKEN IS THAT THE EGG QUESTION I WANTED TO ASK. YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH "STAR WARS" FOR YEARS.

>> MY RELATIONSHIP WITH "STAR WARS.”

>> YEAH. "STAR WARS" AND SPIDERMAN AND KISS.

>> THEY'RE THE BIG THINGS. YOU GO REALLY DEEP IN THE BOOK AND I LOVE THE WAY YOU TALK ABOUT IT. THERE'S A LITTLE OVERLAP IN WHAT YOU TALK ABOUT BETWEEN WHAT YOU DID IN YOUR SPECIAL AND WHAT'S IN THE BOOK. AND I'M CURIOUS, WERE YOU TRYING BOOK STUFF OUT ON THE ROAD? WERE YOU OVERLAPPING THOSE WORLDS?

>> NO. I DIDN'T DO THAT FOR PEOPLE WHO KNEW THE STAND-UP. I DID IT MORE FOR PEOPLE WHO DID NOT KNOW THE STAND-UP JOKES AND I KNEW PEOPLE WHO KNEW THE JOKES WOULD GO, OH, YEAH, THAT'S THAT DAY.

>> OH, YEAH. I'VE HEARD THAT.

>> I LEARNED ABOUT IT THROUGH "STAR WARS.” WE WERE POOR. BUT I DIDN'T HAVE ALL THE ACTION FIGURES MY FRIENDS HAD SO I HAD OBI WAN KENOBI AND I WAS PLAYING IN THE BATHTUB WITH MY WIENER AND IT WAS STANDING IN FOR DARTH VADER AND MY MOM THOUGHT I WAS MASTURBATING. BUT NO, I WAS JUST A POOR KID PLAYING "STAR WARS" AT 10 YEARS OLD IN THE TUB. IT'S ALL IN THE BOOK.

>> IT'S ALL IN THERE. EVERYTHING THAT YOU TOUCH ON WITH "STAR WARS" IN PARTICULAR IS GOLD. I LOVE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL. DO YOU REMEMBER HOW OLD YOU WERE WHEN YOU SAW IT?

>> IT CAME OUT IN '78 OR '79.

>> I'LL LOOKING RIGHT OUGHT, STIR. 78. THERE WE ARE.

>> SO I WOULD HAVE BEEN 12 YEARS OLD. SO THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN RIGHT AT THE POINT WHERE I WOULD HATE IT. I LOVE "STAR WARS.” BUT THAT SPECIAL IS HIDEOUS. YOU CAN SAY THE F WORD, RIGHT?

>> YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT.

>> HAVE YOU COME BACK?

>> OH, YEAH. I WATCH IT WITH MY SON. PLEASE THIS IS TERRIBLE. YEAH, BUDDY. THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT IT IS THAT LITTLE ANIMATED MOMENT. OTHER NERDS KNOW ABOUT IT.

>> YEAH, IT IS THE INTRODUCTION.

>> TWO OLD NERDS, YEAH.

>> I'M A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT GENERATION BUT I CONNECTED WITH SO MUCH OF THIS.

>> WHERE DO YOU LAND ON THE NEW ONES?

>> I LIKE THEM. I CRIED A LITTLE BIT, TOO.

>> LIKE THE PREQUELS, CRAZY TALK.

>> THE PREQUELS ARE VERY CONFUSING FOR ME.

>> AND THEY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ONES. A BUDDY OF MINE WHO IS A COMEDIAN. HE IS 15 YEARS YOUNGER THAN ME. HE HASTA TOOS FROM THE PREQUELS ON HIS BUDDY AND I SAID YOU SHOULD CUT YOUR ARM OFF, DUDE. THAT'S TERRIBLE. AND THEN THE LAST JEDI. YOU'RE JUST WRONG.

>> EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU IS WRONG.

>> YEAH.

>> I WAS BORN IN '95. THAT SAME AREA.

>> YEAH. YOU WERE BORN OFF THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY.

>> BUT I GREW UP. MY GROWING UP WITH IT, I WAS ABLE TO WATCH IT ALL THE TIME. IT WAS ALREADY EASILY ACCESSIBLE. SO I HAD A DIFFERENT SORT OF RELATIONSHIP WITH "STAR WARS” GROWING UP. AND SO I WOULDN'T, UNTIL LATER WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. BUT I HAVE A VERY EARLY MEMORY WHEN HE WAS 8 YEARS OLD, 1993. THE FIRST TIME I LEARNED ADULTS CAN MAKE SHITTY THINGS. WASN'T "STAR WARS" BUT ANOTHER FRANCHISE THAT I WAS OBSESSED WITH. MY FATHER WAS IN TEENAGE MOOT ANT NINJA TURTLES.

>> WHAT A WEIRD PIVOTAL POINT. I WAS TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW OLD YOU ARE AND WAS THAT THE THING, IT MUST HAVE BEEN EARLIER IN YOUR LIFE. YOU REALIZE, ADULTS CAN MAKE BAD MOVIES.

>> THAT WAS THE ONE.

>> THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY THE ONE WHERE OH, GEORGE LUCAS, THERE GUY THAT I PUT ALL THIS FAITH IN. ONLY REALLY OVER THE FIRST MOVIE. I REMEMBER TALKING ON OTHER KIDS THE NEXT DAY SAYING, WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?

>> WHAT DID WE JUST SEE?

>> YEAH. SO WEIRD.

>> IT REALLY. IS ONE OF THE WEIRDEST THINGS.

>> IT'S COMEDY WRITERS, WHICH IS A TERRIBLE IDEA. HE DIDN'T USE COMEDY WRITERS IN THE FIRST MOVIE. IT'S SO TOTALLY WRONG. YOU WATCH IT AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE ON COUGH SYRUP. WHICH I THINK THE WRITERS LIKE THAT NOW. THAT'S THE THING. SO GRANDPA IN YOUR COUGH SYRUP, YOU KIDS. WE USED TO DRINK AND GET HIGH. STILL DO.

>> USED TO?

>> THERE'S A PAT, THEY TOUCH ON IT. WHAT WILL THE NEXT GENERATION OF CREATIVES BE LIKE? WHAT WILL THEIR NERDOM BE LIKE? I GO BACK AND FORTH ON THIS, I DON'T KNOW IF I'VE ROMANTICIZED ABOUT IT. EVEN IN THE 1990s, YOU HAD THE HUNT FOR THE THING YOU LOVE. YOU HAD TO SEEK IT OUT AND FIND IT. SERVING ACCESSIBLE NOW AND I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT I WAS SAYING IT. FOR ME, I HAD ACCESS TO "STAR WARS.” YOU HAD TO WAIT TO SEE "STAR WARS.” IT'S BEEN CHANGING BUT NOW IT'S AT A LEVEL --

>> IT'S A DIFFERENT THING BUT THERE ARE NERDS. THEY'LL JUST FIND THINGS DIFFERENTLY. THERE'S SO MUCH STUFF TO BE NERDY ABOUT. BUT IT IS PARING IT DOWN AND FINDING THE THING SPEAKS TO YOU THE MOST AND FINDING YOUR OBSESSION. THAT TO ME HAS BEEN THE KEY TO NERDINESS. WE GET OBSESSED.

>> HAS IT BEEN FUN TO SORT OF, AS YOU'RE DOING THIS, TO FIND THE THINGS THAT HE'S OBSESSED WITH? NOT JUST WHAT YOU'VE INTRODUCED HIM TO BUT HAS HE BROUGHT SOMETHING BACK TO YOU AND SAID THIS IS COOL!

>> NO. NOT REALLY. IT'S WEIRD WITH THE VIDEO THINGS. I SOUND LIKE A GRANDPA. THE IDEA OF WATCHING OTHER PEOPLE PLAY VIDEO GAMES TO ME AS AN OLD PERSON WHO HAS PLAYED VIDEO GAMES SINCE THEY WERE MADE. I'VE BOUGHT EVERY SYSTEM. I'VE ALWAYS LOVED THEM. WHEN I WAS A KID AND I WOULD GO TO PLAY, AND I SAT ON HIS STUPID COUCH AND WATCHED HIM PLAY, I WAS BORED AS FUCK. NOW KIDS GET ONLINE AND WATCH OTHER IDIOTS PLAY A GAME. AND I JUST CAN'T GET MY HEAD AROUND IT. MY KID IS SMART AND I'M LIKE, WHY ARE YOU WATCHING HIM PLAY FORT NIGHT WHEN YOU CAN JUST GO PLAY IN THE OTHER ROOM?

>> RIGHT OVER THERE.

>> IT'S RIGHT THERE, DUDE. AND THIS GUY IS GETTING RICH. I'M WORKING MY ASSO AND HE JUST SITS IN HIS APARTMENT. AND SUDDEN LAY MANSION, TWO MONTHS LATER BECAUSE HE GOT 4 MILLION PEOPLE TO WATCH HIM PLAY FUCKING MINE CRAFT. SORRY ABOUT THE ROAD BLOCKS.

>> LET IT OUT, LET IT OUT.

>> I'VE NEVER EVEN TALKED ABOUT THIS IN PERSON. BUT THIS DRIVES ME CRAZY. I DON'T GET IT. I THOUGHT, THAT I HAD THOUGHT OF, I'M NEVER GOING TO NOT GET IT. I PLAY VIDEO GAMES. I STAY UP. I'M GOING TO KNOW HOW THIS SHIT WORKS. THE UNIVERSE THROWS A CURVEBALL OUGHT. YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING ON STAY IN TOUCH? WELL, GUESS WHAT, EVERYBODY LIKES WATCHING PEOPLE PLAY VIDEO GAMES.

>> SO WEIRD TO ME. THEN WHEN HE STARTED TALKING ON HIM WHILE HE'S PLAYING HIS GAME, ARE YOU DOING WHAT THAT DILDO DOES? HE'S PLAYING HIS GAME NOW AND HE CAN'T NOT TALK. OH, THIS IS DOOR. I'M GOING TO OPEN THE DOOR. I'M LIKE, GOOD LORD. I WOULD BE PLAYING GAMES AND I WOULD BE SILENT FOR HOURS. I'M GOING TO PICK UP THIS SWORD. NOW I GOT THE SWORD. WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT? SHUT UP AND PLAY YOUR GAME. I DON'T SAY THAT BECAUSE I'M A GOOD DAD. I'M DRIVING THE CAR AND I'M LIKE YOU'RE AN INSANE PERSON AND THIS IS ALL FROM A DUMB ASS ON TV.

>> DO YOU KNOW WHAT I TAKE AWAY FROM THAT STORY AND I LOVE ABOUT YOUR APPROACH AS A PARENT IS --

>> ANY OF THE MEAN SHIT. THAT'S ALL IN MY HEAD.

>> YOU'RE NOT GETTING IN THE WAY OF HIM DOING WHATEVER HIS GENERATION'S WEIRD SHIT IS. YOU'RE NOT IMPOSING ON HIM. WE HAD OUR OWN.

>> I DON'T WANT TO BE THAT DAD THAT'S ALWAYS, YOU KIDS. BUT IT'S IN MY HEAD INSTEAD.

>> JUST KEEP IT UP HERE.

>> THEY TELL TO IT STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET.

>> STOP TALKING THROUGH YOUR GOD DAMN VIDEO GAME AND JUST PLAY IT.

>> TO BRING IT BACK TO THE BOOK, WE'LL GO DOWN TO THAT FOR A WHILE OF THERE IS ANOTHER GREAT THING YOU DO IN HERE. I'M CURIOUS IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY. YOU GET TO LOOK AT AND EXAMINE WHERE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR COMES. TRACING ITS ROOTS. YOUR DARKNESS FROM YOUR GRANDFATHER. YOUR HUMOR STEMMING FROM THAT. DO YOU EVER GO BACK AND SORT OF EXAMINE THE ROOTS OF WHAT YOU FIND FUNNY?

>> THAT WAS THE BOOK THAT CAME FROM THE BOOK OF GOING OVER THESE STORIES AND GOING, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE GO, WAS YOUR MOM OR DAD FUNNY? I WAS NOT AROUND MY DAD. IN STORIES MY MOM SAID HE WAS AND HE TOOK HER TO COMEDY CLUBS IN SAN FRANCISCO. AS A TEENAGER, YOU KNOW, IT MADE ME WANT TO GO TO THOSE PLACES. AND EVENTUALLY, THAT'S WHERE I STARTED. I STARTED IN SACRAMENTO. SOON AFTERTION I WAS IN SAN FRANCISCO GOING IN THE CLUBS THAT MY DAD, AND I THINK HE WANTED TO BE A STAND-UP. I JUST GOT THAT FEELING. HE DIED WHEN I WAS 2. THE STORIES THAT I HEARD, MY MOM DIDN'T REALLY GET IT. MY MOL STILL DOESN'T GET ME BUT SHE'S MY BIGGEST SUPPORTER. I DON'T SEE HOW THAT FUNNY BUT GO GET THEM. THE OTHER STUFF CAME FROM, MY GRANDPA WAS A MEAN DUDE. HE WOULD FUCK WITH OTHER PEOPLE. HE PUT AN AIR HORN IN HIS PICKUP TRUCK AND WOULD HONK AT OLD PEOPLE IN THE CROSSWALK. HE WAS IN HIS 70s AND 80s. JUST A CRAZY OLD ASS HOLE. AND I THINK I GET A LITTLE BIT OF THAT FROM HIM. I LOVE IT.

>> WAS THERE ANYTHING THAT SURPRISED YOU WHILE YOU WERE DOING THIS THAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF? YOUR PROCESS OR ANYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW?

>> NOT REALLY, NO. BUT IT WAS LIKE A WAY OF FINALLY GETTING IT ALL IN ONE PLACE. JUST FIGURING OUT THAT THROUGH LINE. I KNOW I'M VERY LUCKY THAT I'VE GOTTEN TO DO ALL THIS STUFF. I'VE GOTTEN TO DO. AND, IN PUTTING IT DOWN ALL IN ONE BOOK, GOING HOLY SHIT. I LOVED HORROR MOVIES AS A KID. I LOVE COMEDY AND SITCOMS AS A KID. AND THEN I GET TO BE ON THEM AND BE THE FUNNY PART. NOT EVEN BE THE GUY WHO HAS TO SAY ALL THE BORING SHIT. I'M THE JACK ASS WHO WALKS IN AND SAYS DUMB SHIT TO SHELDON AND WALK OUT. I LOVE THAT. AND COMIC BOOKS. LOVED THAT GROWING UP. THEN I WRITE DEAD POOL. SO TO SEE IT ALL THERE, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN "STAR WARS.” MET ALL THESE PEOPLE. MY MUSIC HEROES. IT REALLY, LIKE IT ALL CAME TOGETHER. I FELT REALLY GRATEFUL BY THE END OF WRITING THE BOOK OF HOW, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN THE WORLD BUT I'VE HAD THIS CRAZY, CRAZY LIFE. AND GOTTEN TO DO EVERYTHING I'VE EVER WANTED TO DO, REALLY.

>> THAT'S THE COOL THING. YOU'RE READING THROUGH. THIS IS GUY WHO WORKED HIS ASS OFF AND FOUND HIS WAY TO LIVE NOT JUST ONE BUT SIX OR SEVEN CHILDHOOD DREAMS. PRETTY CRAZY.

>> THERE'S NOT A LOT OF STUFF I HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO DO. I WAS TRYING TO THINK OF WHAT AREAS, I HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO BE WITH THE MUPPETS YET.

>> YOU HAVE TO LEAVE SOMETHING.

>> YEAH. THE BOOK, WE'RE GOING TO THE AUDIENCE FOR QUESTIONS. THE BOOK IS OUT NOW. THERE'S AN AUDIO BOOK. I SAW, YOU'RE DOING IN IT MARCH. IT SEEMED OFF BRAND. YOU'RE DOING 311 CRUISE WITH DOUG BENSEN.

>> IT SO NOT OFF BRAND. IT'S NOT MY BAND BUT I BELIEVE FISH BONE IS DOING IT AND I AM A FISH BONE FAN. AND THEN IT IS DOUG AND NICK. I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO OVER THROW MIGHT BE A FRIEND WHO MAY BE THERE. I KNOW THE BAND 311. I WAS ON THIS MTV THING. IT WAS IN THE '90s. AND I'VE BEEN FRIENDS WITH THOSE GUYS EVER SINCE. I KNOW THE BASE PLAYER.

>> I WASN'T TRYING TO SHIT ON 311.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT. THEY SEEM LYING THE BAND I WOULD SHIT ON. I'VE GONE AFTER OTHER BANDS LIKE SUBLIME. KIND OF THE SAME BUT NO.

>> THAT'S A GREAT WAY TO PUT IT. I DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO PUT WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH.

>> I WORK REAL HARD AND THIS IS, I GET TO GO ON A CRUISE FOR FOUR DAYS WITH MY OLD FRIEND DOUG BENSEN AND GET HIGH, I'M PRESUMING. [ LAUGHTER ] I'M PRESUMING THERE WILL BE A LOT OF POT SMOKE.

>> ON A 311 CRUISE WITH DOUG BENSEN, SOMEONE WILL GET YOU HIGH.

>> AND MAYBE A DUDE NAMED NICK THAT'S FAMOUS THAT'S ALSO KNOWN FOR SMOKING POT.

>> THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD TIME.

>> AND THEN I GET PAID, TOO. SO THAT WAS LIKE, YEAH, THEY CAME TO ME. AS SOON AS THEY SAID 311, I WENT, OH, OKAY. BUT YEAH. I'M GOING.

>> WE HAVE THREE QUESTIONS. LET'S TURN IT OVER. WE'VE GOT SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE.

>> 20, HOW DID THAT WORK OUT?

>> HEY, BRIAN, IT'S AWESOME TO MEET YOU. YOU'VE HAD SUCH A PROLIFIC CAREER. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I REMEMBER WAS YOU BEING ON SWEET LIFE ON DECK.

>> NICE.

>> SO AND YOU ALSO DID THINGS LIKE "BIG BANG THEORY" AND SARAH SILVERMAN. SO HOW DO YOU APPLY TO SO MANY DIFFERENT AUDIENCES?

>> THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T FEEL LIKE MY STAND-UP IS THAT UNIVERSAL. ORGANIC, I'VE JUST FALLEN IN AND I'VE GOTTEN REAL LUCKY THAT I'VE GOTTEN TO DO A LOT OF MAIN STREAM STUFF AND THEN SARAH SILVERMAN, NICHY STUFF, TOO. I THINK I JUST FIT A TYPE, LUCKILY. IT IS REALLY ABOUT THAT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO WINDING UP WITH HAVING THIS VOICE AND THIS TYPE FIT WHERE I CAN PLAY DORKS AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEIRDOS AND I'VE GOTTEN TO DO THAT A LONG TIME. I'M REAL LUCKY.

>> WE'RE GOING TO THE NEXT COUPLE QUESTIONS. SOMETHING I JUST THOUGHT OF, YOUR VOICE, YOU MENTIONED TOM KENNY SEVERAL TIMES IN THE BOOK. I KNOW YOU'VE DONE A TON OF VOICE OVER.

>> I KNEW TOM THROUGH, I BELIEVE, SAN FRANCISCO. WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO LAST, BOBCAT GOLD THWAIT PAID ME TO WRITE TWO SCRIPTS. SO JUST THROUGH THAT. AND THEN MISSED A SHOW. THAT PREDATES SPONGE BOB. I REMEMBER WHEN HE FIRST GOT SPONGE BOB. HE WAS ALREADY GOOD AT DOING MODERN LIFE AND ALL THOSE 90s SHOW. ALL THE NICKELODEON THINGS.

>> NEXT, COME ON DOWN.

>> HI.

>> SEE GOOD PART OF DOING STAND-UP IS KIND OF LIKE CREATIVELY TELLING YOUR LIFE STORY IN A FUNNY WAY. HOW DID YOU KIND OF CHANGE YOUR NARRATIVE TELLING FOR THE BOOK COMPARED TO STAND-UP?

>> THAT'S REALLY GOOD. I DIDN'T REALLY. MY STAND-UP WASN'T ALWAYS THAT. I WAS MORE JOKEY IN THE BEGINNING AND IT WASN'T REALLY TRUTHFUL. AND THEN IN THE 90s WAS WHEN I FOUND, THAT'S LIKE WHEN I SAW OTHER FRIENDS DOING WHAT IS NOW CALLED ALTERNATIVE COMEDY. WHERE IT BECAME MORE ABOUT STORY TELLING AND TALKING ABOUT YOUR LIFE. AND THAT WAS THE THING THAT I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW I WAS GOOD AT THAT UNTIL I JUST START DOING IT. SO THE BOOK WAS ALSO FAIRLY EASY TO WRITE. IT IS JUST A MATTER OF DOING 85,000 WORDS IS A LOT OF WORK. BUT FINDING THE JOKES AND THINGS, KNOWING WHAT WAS FUNNY ABOUT A PARTICULAR STORY OR MEMORY, THAT KIND OF CAME EASILY. I'VE DONE THAT LIKE YOU SAID WITHSTAND-UP FOR SO LONG.

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION. THAT'S FUNNY FOR ME. HAVING COME INTO THIS INTERVIEW, THE BIG QUESTION IS, WERE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT THE FIRST TIME YOU HAD SEX? YOU MADE A WHOLE CAREER OUT OF TELLING PEOPLE THOSE STORIES.

>> I'VE BEEN SO GOOD WITH TELLING THINGS THAT PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO HEAR. I'VE TALKED ABOUT MASTURBATING ON STAGE FOR 20 YEARS OR MORE. YOU WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW.

>> ONE MORE.

>> YOU CONFIRMED THE YEAR FOR THE "STAR WARS" CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FOR US, DIDN'T YOU?

>> YEAH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> SO SAD THAT YOU DON'T LIKE THE NEW MOVIES. THERE'S SO MUCH TO LOVE.

>> I'M AGAINST THE PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE PREQUELS THAT DON'T LIKE THE NEW STUFF. THOSE PEOPLE ARE INSANE PEOPLE.

>> SO IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY LIKE ROLE IN THE "STAR WARS” UNIVERSE, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE? AND THEN MY OTHER QUESTION WAS, WHAT VIDEO GAME ARE YOU PLAYING RIGHT NOW?

>> OH. REVERSE. RED DEAD AND SPIDERMAN. YOU KNOW HOW SPIDERMAN KIND OF WENT AWAY WHEN RED DEAD CAME OUT. I'VE BEEN OBSESSED WITH IT. I'VE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD SO I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET IT IN. CHRISTMAS VACATION, I DON'T LEAVE MY HOUSE FOR ABOUT 30 DAYS SO I'M GOING TO GET THROUGH THE WHOLE THING. I CAN'T WAIT. AND THEN "STAR WARS," I DID SOMETHING IN THE NEW THING. I HAVE A TINY PART. IT IS SUPER COOL.

>> DID YOU DO ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU HAVE A MASK ON AND WE DON'T KNOW IT'S YOU?

>> NO. YOU KNOW IT'S ME. I HOPE THAT'S OKAY. IT'S NOT A, IT WAS A DREAM TO BE IN AND I GOT TO WALK AROUND THE STAGE AND SEE ALL THE PROPS AND IT IS INSANE. AND IT'S THE ARMOR. IT'S FUCKING COOL. AND I'M NOT THAT COOL.

>> WOULDN'T THAT BE THE GREATEST TWIST IN THE WORLD?

>> I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD FIT ONE OF THE SUITS. I STILL GET TO DO SOME COOL THINGS AND I'M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT IT. I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE PLAYED AN OLD CRUSTY JEDI. HANGING OUT WITH LUKE.

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTIONS. ANY TIME THERE'S A SLOW REVEAL, I'M GOING TO BE LIKE, IS THAT BRIAN?

>> YEAH. IT'S FULL CIRCLE. AND I GOT TO DO THAT AFTER I WROTE THE BOOK.

>> WELL, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BOOK.

>> THANK YOU, GUYS. IT'S OUT THERE NOW. THERE'S A BOOK, A REGULAR BOOK, READ IT. IT'S FANTASTIC. ONE MORE TIME, THE GREAT BRIAN POSEHN, EVERYBODY. COME ON, DO IT UP.

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