People I Enjoy (by Myq Kaplan)
Henry Phillips.
Comedian. Song-writer. Movie-maker. Wonderful.
Henry is nice and hilarious. I’d heard of him for years, since he played guitar in the background of Doug Stanhope’s excellent album, Something to Take the Edge Off. Then we started following each other on Twitter in 2012, and the rest is history. (That history includes becoming friends, and continuing to think he’s one of the funniest and nicest people in the world.) Watch his movie, “Punching the Clown.” Listen to his music. See his comedy. Be his friend (if he wants). All recommended.

Henry Phillips.

Comedian. Song-writer. Movie-maker. Wonderful.

Henry is nice and hilarious. I’d heard of him for years, since he played guitar in the background of Doug Stanhope’s excellent album, Something to Take the Edge Off. Then we started following each other on Twitter in 2012, and the rest is history. (That history includes becoming friends, and continuing to think he’s one of the funniest and nicest people in the world.) Watch his movie, “Punching the Clown.” Listen to his music. See his comedy. Be his friend (if he wants). All recommended.

Claire Wiegand.
Food stylist. Vegan cook. Non-weirdo.
Claire and I met at a comedy show, but she’s not even a comedian! Did you know non-comedians go to comedy shows, too? Not weird! She’s great. She makes food that I’ve eaten, and it’s great. Also she loves karaoke.

Claire Wiegand.

Food stylist. Vegan cook. Non-weirdo.

Claire and I met at a comedy show, but she’s not even a comedian! Did you know non-comedians go to comedy shows, too? Not weird! She’s great. She makes food that I’ve eaten, and it’s great. Also she loves karaoke.

Sean Patton.
Comedian. Story-teller. Sound-maker. Someone people look forward to.
Sean is a force of nature. Or of comedy. Definitely a force. May he be with you. He is compelling, hilarious, poignant, and my friend. Also, he is of nature. As are we all. Unless you’re supernatural. Or unnatural (which I don’t think is a thing).

Sean Patton.

Comedian. Story-teller. Sound-maker. Someone people look forward to.

Sean is a force of nature. Or of comedy. Definitely a force. May he be with you. He is compelling, hilarious, poignant, and my friend. Also, he is of nature. As are we all. Unless you’re supernatural. Or unnatural (which I don’t think is a thing).

Adam Wade.
Storyteller. TED Talker. Sweet guy. Much more. (Aren’t we all? Hopefully. Sometimes not. But this guy? Yes.)
I was first acquainted with Adam when Time Out New York said nice things about both of us in one sentence of their year-end comedy review, 2009ish. I started hearing about him more, and eventually got to see him on some story-telling shows, where he blew me away. He makes it look effortless, simple, to be so good, and I know it’s not. (Effortless, it’s not. Good, it is.) He’s a natural, and a hard worker at what he cares about, which is the best equation for success. Talent, and not coasting on that talent. And such a nice guy. He’s the whole package, ladies. And men. And people who aren’t either. (Everyone is allowed to read this.)

Adam Wade.

Storyteller. TED Talker. Sweet guy. Much more. (Aren’t we all? Hopefully. Sometimes not. But this guy? Yes.)

I was first acquainted with Adam when Time Out New York said nice things about both of us in one sentence of their year-end comedy review, 2009ish. I started hearing about him more, and eventually got to see him on some story-telling shows, where he blew me away. He makes it look effortless, simple, to be so good, and I know it’s not. (Effortless, it’s not. Good, it is.) He’s a natural, and a hard worker at what he cares about, which is the best equation for success. Talent, and not coasting on that talent. And such a nice guy. He’s the whole package, ladies. And men. And people who aren’t either. (Everyone is allowed to read this.)

Gary Gulman.
Comedian. Great hair. Has a new album.
Gary is someone who so many comics looked up to in Boston when I started. I still look up to him, both metaphorically and because he’s much taller than I am. His comedic skills are impeccable, his grasp on language is masterful, his observations insightful. It would have been a pleasure to just watch him come to town every year, work out more new hilarious material than seemed plausible, and just enjoy being a fan, but I’m thrilled to have gotten the additional opportunity as years went by to work with him, and eventually friend with him (or the right way to say that). I remember how rewarding it was the first time that I opened for him, and he told me that one of my jokes was one that he wished he had thought of. He’s generous and cares about good things, and does them. Some might say a mensch. (But not everyone has to. You can just speak English if you like.)

Gary Gulman.

Comedian. Great hair. Has a new album.

Gary is someone who so many comics looked up to in Boston when I started. I still look up to him, both metaphorically and because he’s much taller than I am. His comedic skills are impeccable, his grasp on language is masterful, his observations insightful. It would have been a pleasure to just watch him come to town every year, work out more new hilarious material than seemed plausible, and just enjoy being a fan, but I’m thrilled to have gotten the additional opportunity as years went by to work with him, and eventually friend with him (or the right way to say that). I remember how rewarding it was the first time that I opened for him, and he told me that one of my jokes was one that he wished he had thought of. He’s generous and cares about good things, and does them. Some might say a mensch. (But not everyone has to. You can just speak English if you like.)

George Watsky.
Rapper (including the occasional Epic Rap Battle). Poet. Pale kid*.You download his mixtape for the price of zero or more. 
* Pale adult, more accurately. Or less. Or equal. One of those, for sure.
I don’t remember who first introduced me to Watsky via the internet, but whoever you are, thank you! I DO remember who first introduced me to Watsky via real life though, and whoever YOU are, thanks Zach! I don’t have a lot of history with him, though if his tracks on my ipod were grooves on a record, they would be worn out. I could listen to him all day, and have at times. Also he’s a nice young man. Good for the world, good for people who listen to rap. (Those people are probably also part of the world.)

George Watsky.

Rapper (including the occasional Epic Rap Battle). Poet. Pale kid*.

You download his mixtape for the price of zero or more. 

* Pale adult, more accurately. Or less. Or equal. One of those, for sure.

I don’t remember who first introduced me to Watsky via the internet, but whoever you are, thank you! I DO remember who first introduced me to Watsky via real life though, and whoever YOU are, thanks Zach! I don’t have a lot of history with him, though if his tracks on my ipod were grooves on a record, they would be worn out. I could listen to him all day, and have at times. Also he’s a nice young man. Good for the world, good for people who listen to rap. (Those people are probably also part of the world.)

Nikki Glaser.
Comedian. Podcaster in a place where you have to be. Soon-to-be talk show host, part of the M on your TV.
Nikki and I met when we were taping Last Comic Standing in 2010. Or maybe before that once, but she doesn’t remember, and I think both people have to know they met to have met. Maybe not, but this isn’t philosophy class (or is it? what is life but a philosophy class that never ends until death, and maybe not even then). We hit it off and became friends, according to both of us now, which is the way to do it. She’s great! Listen! Watch! Do all the things!

Nikki Glaser.

Comedian. Podcaster in a place where you have to be. Soon-to-be talk show host, part of the M on your TV.

Nikki and I met when we were taping Last Comic Standing in 2010. Or maybe before that once, but she doesn’t remember, and I think both people have to know they met to have met. Maybe not, but this isn’t philosophy class (or is it? what is life but a philosophy class that never ends until death, and maybe not even then). We hit it off and became friends, according to both of us now, which is the way to do it. She’s great! Listen! Watch! Do all the things!

Josh Gondelman.
Comedian. Writer (of catalogued thoughts, among other things). Tweeter of high quality and quantity.
Purveyor extraordinaire of the attitude “Everything’s the Best” and album of the same name.
Also, he writes a lot of postcards. Maybe to you!
Josh is in the running for “nicest person I know.” And I know a lot of nice people. (Which I recommend, it’s really great.) Before we really knew each other and became good friends, I thought his super-positive, friendly demeanor was an act, because it seemed like it HAD to be. No one could be that delightful. But he could, he was, and he is. I am no longer suspicious of his motives, maybe because he says some dark, horrible, hilarious things on stage, and sometimes offstage if he’s drunk. Or not drunk. He does what he wants! Anyway, if you think you know someone who’s the nicest, you should meet Josh and then tell your someone that they’re being replaced probably.

Josh Gondelman.

Comedian. Writer (of catalogued thoughts, among other things). Tweeter of high quality and quantity.

Purveyor extraordinaire of the attitude “Everything’s the Best” and album of the same name.

Also, he writes a lot of postcards. Maybe to you!

Josh is in the running for “nicest person I know.” And I know a lot of nice people. (Which I recommend, it’s really great.) Before we really knew each other and became good friends, I thought his super-positive, friendly demeanor was an act, because it seemed like it HAD to be. No one could be that delightful. But he could, he was, and he is. I am no longer suspicious of his motives, maybe because he says some dark, horrible, hilarious things on stage, and sometimes offstage if he’s drunk. Or not drunk. He does what he wants! Anyway, if you think you know someone who’s the nicest, you should meet Josh and then tell your someone that they’re being replaced probably.

Baron Vaughn.
Comedian. Actor. Singer. Dancer (probably). Beat-boxer (definitely).
Buy his album. And/or watch him on Conan for free.
I met Baron Vaughn at an open mic when we were both starting out comedy in Boston, I don’t remember exactly when, though he might. Years later, after much time living in different cities and not really being friends yet, he would have near-total recall of bits I had done years before, and probably what I was wearing and everything else. The point is, he’s very fashionable, very smart, very funny, and very kind. Not necessarily in that order. (Not that there need be one.) Baron’s comedy is the kind of unique art that is nearly unstealable, if not because most people can’t physically do everything that he can do. He’s wonderful. As a human and a comedic being. And whatever else he is. (Guy who wears cool hats?)

Baron Vaughn.

Comedian. Actor. Singer. Dancer (probably). Beat-boxer (definitely).

Buy his album. And/or watch him on Conan for free.

I met Baron Vaughn at an open mic when we were both starting out comedy in Boston, I don’t remember exactly when, though he might. Years later, after much time living in different cities and not really being friends yet, he would have near-total recall of bits I had done years before, and probably what I was wearing and everything else. The point is, he’s very fashionable, very smart, very funny, and very kind. Not necessarily in that order. (Not that there need be one.) Baron’s comedy is the kind of unique art that is nearly unstealable, if not because most people can’t physically do everything that he can do. He’s wonderful. As a human and a comedic being. And whatever else he is. (Guy who wears cool hats?)

Rory Scovel.
Comedian. Weirdo*. Mushroom aficionado**.
Watch him on Ferguson, Conan, and Comedy Central. Buy his album***.
Rory has been a creative inspiration for me since I met him in Seattle in 2006. We were in a competition where 15 people performed every night for about a week, aiming to entertain different types of audiences each time. Most of the comics did a very similar, if not the exact same, set each night, which is common practice. You tell the jokes you know work. Rory did something different every time. Unconventional, improvisational, so much in the moment, sometimes telling the same jokes but having them go somewhere completely different. It’s not that I didn’t think things like that could happen, but I’d never considered it previously. I was always a planner, an in-advance out-writer (someone who writes things out in advance, which if I had written out in advance, I never would have come up with the phrase “in-advance out-writer,” for better or worse… in the moment!), but there was something extremely appealing about what Rory was doing. He was (and is) super funny, continues to do what he does, and I am always happy to see it and him. And I just ran into him on the street a couple hours ago… thanks universe! I hope the universe brings you all together with him also.
* And this is coming FROM a weirdo.** And this is coming FROM someone who just learned how to spell “aficionado.” *** And this is coming FROM someone who is telling you to buy his album. 

Rory Scovel.

Comedian. Weirdo*. Mushroom aficionado**.

Watch him on Ferguson, Conan, and Comedy Central.

Buy his album***.

Rory has been a creative inspiration for me since I met him in Seattle in 2006. We were in a competition where 15 people performed every night for about a week, aiming to entertain different types of audiences each time. Most of the comics did a very similar, if not the exact same, set each night, which is common practice. You tell the jokes you know work. Rory did something different every time. Unconventional, improvisational, so much in the moment, sometimes telling the same jokes but having them go somewhere completely different. It’s not that I didn’t think things like that could happen, but I’d never considered it previously. I was always a planner, an in-advance out-writer (someone who writes things out in advance, which if I had written out in advance, I never would have come up with the phrase “in-advance out-writer,” for better or worse… in the moment!), but there was something extremely appealing about what Rory was doing. He was (and is) super funny, continues to do what he does, and I am always happy to see it and him. And I just ran into him on the street a couple hours ago… thanks universe! I hope the universe brings you all together with him also.

* And this is coming FROM a weirdo.
** And this is coming FROM someone who just learned how to spell “aficionado.” 
*** And this is coming FROM someone who is telling you to buy his album.