Isaac Witty: Talkin’ Conan, People
Big night for Isaac Witty! Making his 2nd television appearance tonight on Conan. We were thinking about what a comic can expect from a TV appearance and Isaac filled us in. Read on and check out his album “Zero Balance” but don’t miss him TONIGHT on TBS!
RC(Rooftop Comedy): Congrats on booking Conan! How did your last appearance on Letterman affect your career? Are you expecting the same thing from being on Conan?
Doing Letterman was about 10 years ago. It allowed me to get a bunch of college, corporate and club work that never would have come my way without it. It changed people’s perception of me, which mostly just freaked me out at first. I do not want to have any preconceived ideas for what doing The Conan Obrien Show will do for me. That’s how people fumble the ball. Too busy thinking about what kind of endzone dance they’re going to do. All I know for now, is that it’s really cool to be asked to do the show.
RC: Are you going in knowing that you’re going to crush it? What is your confidence level like?
I’d say I’m 95% confident, 5% of the time… earth trembling panic mode. It all happens in waves. I ran the set at Acme Monday night and crushed, but all I could think about for the next 2 hours was the fact that I went 15 seconds too long. Of course, I’d like to do well, but I’m not trying to think about that. Believe it or not, it helps me to downplay things like this. When you start doing comedy, you think every set is make or break, but it’s not. This thing is a marathon.
RC: Any reason in particular that you’re excited to be on Conan vs. other late night shows?
I’m excited to do Conan because his fans seem be smart.
RC: Describe your ideal experience of performing on the show.
My ideal experience? Do the set, get laughs, exchange pleasantries with everyone. I’m really not asking much here.
RC: Is what you visualized realistic?
I think I can do the set and get the laughs, but I’m not very well liked, so the pleasantries part is a stretch…
RC: Do you know any other guests that are going to be on the show? How could you harass them in a way that would amuse you?
Jeff Goldblum is also on the show! Ideas on how to harass Jeff Goldblum? What kind of insane prankster do you think I am? I’m almost 40! I’m not going to attempt any hijinks on a famous actor that I don’t know. “Did you hear about Isaac? He almost got to be on Conan, but he tried to freeze Jeff Goldblum’s underwear in the craft services room and was forced off the premises.”
RC: Are you taller than Conan and could you beat him in a street fight? What would be your plan of attack if he came after you?
I am 2 inches shorter than Conan O’Brien. Being that I’m the “little guy” in this fight, I’d have to use his height against him. I haven’t been in a fight since I was 8 years old. I imagine that if I did fight to win, I’d have to fight dirty, so I’d most definetly go for the kneecaps. I learned most everything I know about fighting from the Cobra Kai.
RC: Besides stand-up, what have you been up to lately?
What have I been up to lately? I’m in a sketch comedy group called The Turkeys. We’re just about to release a bunch of stuff on the internet. I’m really excited about it! We’re all a bunch of rag-tag comics that got tired of waiting around for something to happen in our lives and careers so we decided to do force ourselves to create something. The problem is, after about 2 weeks of writing sketches we realized that we’re all just lazy sacks of crap, and creating video sketches is really hard work. We’re all good friends. Over the last year, we’ve gotten it together and I’m just really proud of what we’ve come up with. Check us out out: @The_Turkeys or facebook.com/theturkeyscomedy