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What do you like to do when you come to San Francisco?
I like to hang out with my friends. I used to live in Portland and came down to San Francisco quite a bit. I have a lot of friends there, and I enjoy hanging out. And I enjoy your delicious edibles, and food, that you have. I like to hang out around the Punchline and have a good time, eat a lot of pizza and play video games.
How did you get started in comedy, or if you prefer to answer a slightly different question, how and when did you first know you were funny?
Thank you for giving me an option. I think I first knew I was funny when I was probably 12 or 13. I was very shy. I kind of developed this odd sense of humor, and I'd make fun of my family members. And I wouldn't get in trouble for it; they liked it. They thought it was funny. So that was when I first thought, oh, I was me, and I was unique to people.
You're doing a number of different shows at this year's Sketchfest. Which one would be the best one to take a first date?
It depends on what you're trying to get out of the date. If you're really interested in her or him, and want to get to know her, or him, then maybe you'll want to go to the Slipnutz reunion show. There's going to be a lot of weird sketches, you'll able to judge your date's intelligence, and whether or not they like quirky humor. I think that's very important to know. But, if you just want to hook up with him or her, then maybe you want to take them to the Erotic Fan Fiction show and see if they're into having sex with robots or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
For Erotic Fan Fic, are you a regular writer of fan fic or are you preparing something special for the show?
I don't think I've written much. I will definitely pull something out for the show though, I've got a vast knowledge of cartoon characters and fictional people I wish I could have sex with.
You have made the observation before that the Muppet Babies theme song is somewhat disturbing. Have you ever thought about how the Muppets had babies in the first place?
Miss Piggy was always very rambunctious. But in real life, I am aware that Muppet Babies was the prequel, so that wouldn't be right.
I guess it's important to respect the canon. What else are you working on currently?
I'm a writer and performer on the Kroll Show. I'm also a character on a show called Undateable, which comes out sometime in February.
What do you think about your fellow comedian Jenny Slate?
I know Jenny. I worked with her on the Kroll Show. She was probably the most intimidatingly impressive person I've ever worked with, as far as acting and improv-ing on anything. It was a pleasure to watch her work. She's amazing. I think she's one of the hilarious people out today, and she's just great. I can't say anything but glowing praise about Jenny Slate. I don't know much about where she came from. I feel like she has this theater background, and I want to know how she's like this cool pot-smokin' chill girl that also seems like she might possibly be rich. I don't know how she has every cool trait.
Jenny Slate has been called "chill" and "seems like she might possibly be rich." She's also a trained and talented comedian and actress with a lot of love for the craft and her peers. She's never been to Sketchfest before, and this year you can catch her performing stand-up as host of the Big Terrific show and for Jenny Slate and Friends. You may have seen her on the TV box before, playing characters on House of Lies, Parks and Recreation, Kroll Show, and even once on a little-known HBO show called Girls.
SF Weekly: How do you expect Sketchfest to compare to other comedy fests?
Jenny Slate: Usually I do three to five festivals per year, a lot of them in Austin. San Francisco is such a beautiful unique city, and the people are so up for anything, so that will be one of the highlights for me. That and the delicious food.
What do you like to do in San Francisco?
What's that big beautiful park? It has a fancy name. The Presidio? Because I miss walking so much, I'm a New Yorker, and I miss walking everywhere. So when I go to San Francisco I really enjoy busting my buns on the hills. Great hills. The city's so vibrant. My sister just moved from Noe Valley, so I got a good local tour for many years. And I like getting over to Berkeley. I want to eat at Chez Panisse.
How did you start in comedy, or if you'd prefer to answer a slightly different question, when and how did you first know you were funny?