There’s an old saying: “Life is an adventure or it’s nothing”. I don’t know who said it first. If nobody claims it soon, I’m gonna start telling people I did.
Look, it doesn’t matter who said it. It’s an adventure or it’s nothing. Which is why, after a decades-long career in one profession I’m suddenly, inexplicably, recklessly, idiotically, plunging headlong into something completely different.
I grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey. For the most part, my world revolved around comedy. Get Smart. Laugh-In. Mad magazine. You know, the classics.
My first career setback: in fourth grade, the class took a vote to elect the “funniest student”. I lost to Jack Faucett. Jack Faucett?! The guy’s a hack! His impression of Mrs. Lavinio wasn’t half as good as mine. But I’m over it. Shake it off, Andy.
Professionally, I started out writing and performing comedic songs. Only one thing held me back: my near-total lack of musical talent. I wasn’t great, but I was better than Jack Faucett.
In 1982, while writing for David Letterman, I appeared as a musical guest on the show. You wanna see it? I can’t imagine why. HERE IT IS.
Gadfly Records was foolish and desperate enough to release a live CD. You can BUY IT HERE.
I eventually transitioned to sketch writing. After Letterman, I wrote for Saturday Night Live, Steve Martin, and others. You may remember an Eddie Murphy sketch on SNL called “White Like Me”, which I wrote and directed. HERE IT IS. I also wrote “Japanese Game Show” for Mike Myers and the late great Chris Farley. WATCH IT HERE.
I’ve written a number of films, including I.Q., Sgt. Bilko, and Rat Race. Rat Race was directed by Jerry Zucker and my kids think it’s pretty funny. HERE’S A CLIP.
For the last 20-plus years, I’ve co-hosted a radio show called Seven Second Delay. We call it “stunt radio”. Half of our shows are failures. The other half are utter disasters. HERE’S A LINK to some recent episodes. You’ve been warned.
I’ve been lucky. I’ve gotten to meet and work with people I’ve always admired. I’ve written for the Oscars. I’ve traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan with Al Franken for the USO.
Along the way, I’ve received a smattering of media attention. New Jersey Monthly ran THIS PROFILE OF ME when they finally ran out of Bruce Springsteen stories.