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Jimmy Pardo Will Go All Night (Again)
Photo By Robyn Von Swank / used with permission
Last time LAist chatted with Jimmy Pardo the comedian was never not having fun.
He held two exciting jobs: hosting the popular podcast Never Not Funny (The Pardcast,) and warming up "The Tonight Show"'s live audience for Conan O’Brien.
Now, for Pardo, life is similarly fun but looks a little different.
Never Not Funny is still a comedy juggernaut in MP3, though Pardo no longer spends his days at NBC. He's over on the Warner Brothers' lot, again loosening audiences for Mr. O'Brien, now on TBS' "Conan."
This weekend will feature a whole lot of Never Not Funny and a little bit of "Conan."
Friday-into-Saturday marks Never Not Funny’s second annual charity all-nighter, The Pardcast-a-thon. Like last year’s nine-hour show (which raised $21,000,) this year’s twelve-hour show will benefit The Smile Train, a charity focused on repairing the cleft lip and palates of afflicted children in developing nations.
Pardo's all-night shift with be spent alongside co-host/producer Matt Belknap and comedian Pat Francis. Most of the night’s guests are a secret but LAist has word to except "Conan" co-star Andy Richter, Sarah Silverman, Rob Corddry, and The Dish’s Danielle Fishel (LAist Interview.)
Broadcasting live from the Acme Theatre in Hollywood on La Brea, this year's event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (PST, of course.) If you’re not planning on attending, the show will be available online.
LAist had a chance to chat with Pardo about all of the above. (And don't forget the free Hamm.)
LAist: Let’s start with Conan. You did a nine month tour of duty on The Tonight Show and now you’re working on Conan’s new TBS show. How did you come to find employment again on Team Coco?
Jimmy Pardo: I refused to leave the studio when we were taken off the air... It wasn't until I got the call to return to work that I realized the show would be using a new studio in a different city.
What’s it like working on the new show vs. The Tonight Show?
The space is more intimate and I always think smaller is better for comedy, you can communicate rather than perform.
Is the warm-up any different?
Having appeared on the TBS Conan Writers special, the Team Coco people know who I am, so they greet me enthusiastically as opposed to just half-ass applauding a guy walking out with a microphone.
Earlier in the year, Conan O’Brien appeared on your podcast Never Not Funny. How was that experience?
I was flattered he wanted to do it and we had a great time. He and I have gotten to know each other much better since that appearance so if he ever returns, I think it will be even more fun.
How do you rate the quality of last year’s first Pardcastathon?
Top notch! To have that many comics and actors come on for 15-20 minutes at all hours of the morning... it was great!
How does it feel to have raised $21,000 for the Smile Train?
It may sound cliche, but boy, there is an incredibly warm feeling when you can help others. As the night went on and the total money raised kept growing and growing, I was just beside myself with pride and joy!
How did you come across the Smile Train?
I was reading Parade Magazine -- the insert in your Sunday paper -- and there was an ad for "Smile Train" on the back page and it really hit me, that so much good can be done for so little money. So I donated. By coincidence, Pat Francis was the guest on the next episode of Never Not Funny and suggested we have a contest with listeners bidding to be a guest on the show and the money from the highest bidder would go to Smile Train. So, with that kind of kismet, Smile Train became our official charity. I also like the idea of comedy and smiles... it just makes sense.
Last year's event was held in a private recording space. How did you choose the Acme Theatre for this year’s Pardcastathon?
Well, we are doing twelve hours this year, three hours longer than last year and we wanted more people to be able to see it live. So The Acme was kind enough to donate the space in the name of charity for the event. It raises the class a bit!
While attending last year’s show, your audience was very well behaved. I didn't spot a single illegal stimulant. Everyone really seemed to have had a ball. Why do you have such quality fans?
When you live your life as a gentleman, you attract ladies and gentlemen.