Interview: Jason Nash, a Guy with Feelings
Los Angeles is filled with hardworking comedians; they're practically bussed in from Milwaukee or St. Louis or Tampa or wherever funny comes from. For long-time writer/actor/comedian Jason Nash, it took years to discover that maybe the comedy can come from your own basement. With the continued success of his long-running podcast Guys With Feelings, Nash uses his own basement to talk about familial frustrations, life in (and outside of) 'the biz', and any interesting tidbits his hilarious comic friends can think up.
He's also been making headway in the entertainment industry all by himself, with roles on shows like Reno 9/11, Li'l Bush, the Andy Dick Show, and SuperNews. He can often be seen in some capacity at the UCB theatre, and will be performing at The Improv on December 23rd.
Recently, Nash gave LAist a few minutes of his time in order to talk about the viability of comedy on the internet, the people who think that Hollywood only makes shit, and when your bank account decides that you've 'made it'.
LAist: Where are you from, and what made you come to Los Angeles for comedy?
Jason Nash: I'm from Boston, and I went to UMass, and then I moved to New York and I worked at Saturday Night Live for like a year out of college as an assistant to Norm Macdonald and met a lot of people there. From there I got hired at MTV to be a writer. And then from that I moved to LA and I got a couple of shows...I did a series for VH1 that was a sketch show called Random Play.