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Tonight! Judah Friedlander: World Champion Stand-Up Comedy

You would be hard pressed to name a comedian who has been more involved in pop culture than Judah Friedlander. In addition to 18 years of stand-up experience, Friedlander has been in over 20 movies including Meet the Parents, Zoolander, Date Movie, Wet Hot American Summer, Feast, and Showtime. He also gained critical acclaim for his role as “Toby Radloff” in American Splendor. Friedlander’s many TV appearances include VH1’s Best Week Ever, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, MTV’s Wonder Showzen, the Tonight Show, and many more. He also starred as the Hug Guy in the classic Dave Matthews Band music video for “Everyday.” Besides appearing as a series regular on a little TV show you may have heard of, 30 Rock, Friedlander is currently working on a stand-up comedy CD and concert movie. You have two chances to enjoy Friedlander’s stand-up at Nietzsche’s tonight (May 20) or Saturday (May 21). Artvoice asked Friedlander a few questions and his answers did not disappoint.

AV: How do you come up with the slogans for Frank’s hat on 30 Rock? Do you have a fallback method in case you can’t come up with something?
JF: At midnight, I go to the top of the empire state building, get naked, stare at the moon, and the hat slogans just come to me. It works 100% of the time. So no fallback plan is necessary.

AV: If you had to choose one, beard or no beard? Do you get more attention from the ladies with or without a beard?
JF: Beard. I have a lot of testosterone. Ladies definitely call the cops on me more when I have a beard.

AV: Were you always able to “beat up anybody” as your book title suggests or was it an acquired skill?
JF: I learned karate when I was 10. I was in federal prison in China for a crime I didn’t commit. And the inmates taught me karate.

AV: List five funny things, please!
JF: When a rich guy driving a porsche gets diareah. And it leaks all over the front seats.

When his trophy girlfriend sits in the diareah by mistake.

Hipsters texting while riding a 1-speed bike with no helmet.

After waiting an hour and a half to see the doctor, when he finally sees me, I make no eye contact and tell him to sit in the corner and I’ll be with him in 45 minutes.

The moment a vegan realizes they’re eating meat by mistake.

—jill greenberg

8pm. Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen Street.(886-8539 /, $20 advance, $25 day of show.