BONUS: Unmasked with Eddie Pepitone

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On why he works on his spiritual side: “It’s a matter of survival. I’m anxious about everything. I’m not one of these guys who wakes up and goes, ahhh what a fucking beautiful day. I’m so glad to be alive. I’m one of those guys who wakes up NO! NOOOOOOO! WHY!?”

On President Trump: “We have a mentally ill man as our President.  And what I mean by mentally ill man; he’s a narcissist to the fucking 10th power. So it’s like you’re just watching the culmination of all the fucking selfies in the world. What our culture has become, you’re watching the culmination instilled in him; all the people who have watched TV, taken selfies, haven’t been reading for the last thirty years, just watching TV news and  just people who aren’t connected to anything larger them themselves. It’s all about me. It’s all about what I do.”

“He also tapped into people’s fear. These fucking people are BAD.  He doesn’t even specify. ‘They’re bad…they’re BAD. THEY’RE BAD!!!’ He actually says shit like that.  OOOHHH it’s AWFUL.  And all the average Joes are like, ‘he’s right.'”

“I feel like it’s a need. For me it was, I needed to do what a stand up does. I needed to be in front of people, to get them to laugh. I don’t know why. Just wanting to win people over, to get them to like me and get them to laugh. I guess it comes from my dysfunctional family…It’s my way of surviving.”

Every Tuesday for the past few months, we have been releasing one of our favorite episodes of ’s epic interview series Unmasked from the archives. Our picks have come from different years in Unmasked’s 11 year history, as recent as 2016 and as far back as 2009 and the hours we’ve released include Jim Jefferies, Ali Wong, Louis C.K., , Bert Kreischer, Patrice O’Neal and more.

This week, we released a brand new Unmasked, with a comedy giant. Eddie Pepitone, The Bitter Buddha, a master of the rant, sat down with Bennington to record the hour at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. Fans packed out the Velveeta Room to hear Pepitone talk about his persona, his career, and his comedy.


In this episode, Pepitone talks about his politics, his philosophies on the current corporate climate, Trump, of course, the Republicans, the sellout Democrats, propaganda, capitalism, the pentagon, the state of our culture, and more. Much of the conversation is serious on one level, but Pepitone doesn’t get through more than a sentence without getting gigantic laughs from Ron and the entire audience.

Eddie also talks about his career- how he started out trying to be liked, doing characters, wearing wigs, and how that evolved into the persona you know now. Pepitone talks about why he started doing comedy and why he stayed with it, how he survived different parts of his career, and how he figured out what he really wanted to be doing on stage. He has hilarious stories- literally laugh so hard your stomach hurts stories-  about performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, bombing in front of audiences in Los Angeles because he’s “not famous enough,” and acting vs stand up. He closes out the hour with maybe the best stories about agreeing to be the spokesperson for a commercial with Key & Peele.

It’s an explosive hour and covers everything you love about Eddie and so much more.

The episode was taped on April 22, 2017 in front of a live audience at the Velveeta Room in Austin, Texas and it’s easily one of the best in the series.

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.


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