Eddie Pepitone has become one of the most respected comedians in the comedy community and a cult favorite in L.A. And in recent years, he’s taken on the moniker of the “Bitter Buddha”. Recently, he’s explained to us why this world is In Ruins, his latest effort now available on iTunes. You may recognize his voice from WTF with Marc Maron, or witnessed his victory last year on @midnight, or saw one of his many guest appearances on comedy programs such as Bob’s Burgers, The King of Queens, Chapelle’s Show, Monk, Community, Childrens Hospital, Happy Endings, Flight of the Conchords, 2 Broke Girls, or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Here’s our latest time spent with Mr. Pepitone.
You might be in ruins but personally I felt like I was in church. Congrats on your latest special, In Ruins, now available on iTunes.
Thank you, I appreciate that.
I couldn’t stop laughing at your coffee bit.
Haha, ya, I guess there are hipster coffee shops everyone, but here in L.A. there is one called Intelligentsia where it’s become a little ridiculous with the price of a cup of coffee, something close to $4. And I just think there is this over emphasis on how great these products are while the world goes to hell on the other hand. It strikes me as absurd. I find it a little too much.
It’s kind of like the menus at a foodie restaurant. I just want bacon. I don’t care how or where it’s smoked.
Yes, exactly. It’s like a sexual thing. They are pillow talking you with these descriptions. You think when you have this food item it will change your life. But it only does that for about 5 minutes. I like to attack all of that.
You sound so comfortable on stage when you talk about these things. Do you remember the point when you became completely comfortable?
It took me a really long time for that. I think it varies for different comedians. It took me at least 20 years. That’s when I started to feel comfortable with who I am and could just go on stage and just put it out there for people instead of being self-conscious and calculated. Now I think I error of being on the other side and I have to pull it back. Sometimes I think, god, these poor people, I’m inflicting so much upon them because I am so comfortable now.
Would you say that going to see an Eddie Pepitone show is like getting in a car with no seat belts?
(laughing) Well hopefully yes. When I’m feeling really good, it’s a good dangerous bumpy ride.
Your list of credits at this point is so long, and one of my favorite games to play is the “Find Eddie” game. I’ll be watching TV and say, “Oh, there’s Eddie, he slipped in there as one of the Paparazzi in this episode of Hello Ladies.”
Haha, yeah I know.
I feel like everyone wants you to be a part of his or her projects. Almost like it’s a testimonial to you. Does it feel like that to you?
Well that’s really nice. You know, being a character actor I’m the guy who can fit into a lot of different projects because of what I do. And I know so many comedians, they become writers on shows, for instance, right now I’m hoping to be on Jim Gaffigan’s new show on TVLand. It’s stuff like that. It does feel really good.
I recently caught wind of a project called B-Roll. Can you talk about it?
Yeah, that’s a film that stars the very funny Kurt Braunohler. I got to play the head of a local news team, it’s an indie film. I film a bunch of indies, in fact right now I’m filming one with Matt Walsh and believe it or not, Molly Ringwald. I get to play this lunatic clown. These are films that are coming out, I just don’t know when. But from what I’ve seen, B-roll should be pretty good.
You can download Eddie Pepitone’s latest release, In Ruins, on iTunes now. Or catch it on Netflix.