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LAist Interview: Neal Brennan

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Neal Brennan (center) made a name for himself writing jokes alongside Dave Chappelle. With a sketch comedy show that reached legendary status in the "Chappelle's Show" and a cult classic movie, Half Baked already under his belt, Neal has transitioned into directing. Last year he directed VH-1's Totally Awesome, a hilarious Made-For-TV 80's spoof that he also co-wrote. Neal is currently working on a Will Ferrell produced comedy feature that stars Jeremy Piven. Despite his success in TV and the big screen, he still enjoys the adrenaline rush of stand-up comedy, catch Neal tonight at the Hollywood Improv and Tuesday at the Irvine Improv.

How's the stand-up comedy thing going?
For me it's kind of like this start and stop thing with stand-up. I retired from stand-up after the show. I didn't want to get up on stage and have people yell, "Where's Dave?" once I got on stage. But over the last three months, I've been doing a lot of stand-up. I would say I'm not bad at it. I've been doing pretty good, and I've been getting booked.

So did you just catch the stand-up bug?
It's kind of like going out to dinner too much. After a while you have to decide, am I going to keep going out to dinner or am I going to do something else. So then it was do I want to go out to dinner or do I want to do stand-up. Doing stand-up is kind of like the most interesting thing in the world. You write a joke that's a creative way of stating your opinion and then you go out in front of people and tell that joke and see how people react. It's something that I have the ability to do, so it would be silly not to do it. As I am doing shows I am remembering how good I am at it.