From the Archives: Unmasked with Jay Mohr

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“If you’re not happy, you’re not happy. You’re gonna find the next step. There’s always going to be a rung ahead of you if you want it there. You’re always gonna say “Well, why isn’t my name above the title? Who are these people? Who’s this guy? Who’s that actor? I’ve never heard of him. Why does this guy got his name above the title? How come I’m not making money like that guy’s making?” It just stems from your personal station in life. If you’re happy, you really just don’t give a shit anymore.”

“They’re there because they think I’m funny. That’s the whole game. That’s the rat race in Hollywood. Just to keep at it, in my opinion, until you can get into a full room of people who are willing to wait out your pauses. And you know, the pauses make the symphony. That’s it.”

“It’s the exact timeline Buddy Hackett told me it would take to find out my actual voice. Which is – I didn’t realize until this very moment. And I didn’t realize until right now that I followed the exact timeline that he wanted me to live. That he told me how long it would take me to actually be the comic that I am.”

As part of our new podcast sharing select archival episodes of ’s epic interview series Unmasked, this week we are going way all the way back to 2008 to share one of our absolute favorite hours from all 9 years—Unmasked with Jay Mohr.

The Unmasked series which began in 2008 with a brilliant hour with Patrice O’Neal has taped nearly 200 episodes since, documenting the careers of the most interesting comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business. It is a veritable archive of the greatest comedy of our time. Past Unmasked guests have included , Bob Newhart, , Dan Aykroyd, Simon Pegg, , Jim Jefferies, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait, Louis C.K., David Brenner, , and over 150 more comedy greats.

Jay Mohr packs this hour with so much sincerity, and so much absolutely brilliant wisdom, and on top of all of that it’s an incredibly funny hour. Mohr and Bennington are friends, and Mohr has always said that Bennington was one of his inspirations for his radio show, so it’s no surprise that it’s an incredibly candid conversation.  And the stories are still some favorite stories. Mohr shares some unforgettable advice he learned from Buddy Hackett, and shows off his amazing storytelling skills by sharing one of the funniest stories you ever heard, a great story about auditioning for the role of a cartoon bird; the laughs are gigantic.

Jay goes way back to his childhood (from wearing his sister’s lipstick when he was six, to walking around NJ in Andy Capp hats), and touches on career choices– why he doesn’t work out material on stage, how he prepares a set list, and how he got the reputation of being cocky. He also talks about being angry, suffering from panic attacks, and what it takes to be happy; amazing stories about his difficult years on SNL (he talks about how his ‘Klonopin Pocket’ saved him), but maybe the best part of the hour is hearing Jay talk about doing impressions that other people don’t do.



This episode has everything – huge laughs, naked sincerity, and incredible stories. Make sure you clear the hour, this is not one that you will be able to pause and come back to. You want to hear it straight through.

Recorded on June 28, 2008 at Comix Comedy Club in front of a full house, this is Unmasked with Jay Mohr.

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