In 2010, he finished third on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” which is when his career took off – he got his own radio show, got acting roles, started getting booked in bigger venues. Last year, Roy released his stand-up comedy album called “Father Figure,” which made it on to many top 10 lists. He also just kicked off a national tour that will continue over the rest of spring and summer.
Roy talks with Jesse about the difficulty of writing original jokes, gang colors, and how being on “The Daily Show” has given him an opportunity to share some of his bolder takes on politics and race.
Now, he’s got a lead role. He’s starring in the Amazon series “The Tick” as the Tick. It’s a new live-action superhero comedy about a giant muscle man in a blue suit with antennas on his head. He’s got super strength. It’s almost impossible to hurt him, but he’s kind of dumb and bumbling, too. His sidekick, an accountant named Arthur, is the only one who can really keep him grounded.
Peter talks to Jesse about writing dialogue that is essentially meaningful but sounds nonsensical and the most important lessons he learned from great impressionists like Mike Myers and Phil Hartman.
The first season of “The Tick” is available to stream now on Amazon. It just got picked up for a second, which should premiere next year.
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Bullseye is a celebration of the best of arts and culture in public radio form. Host Jesse Thorn sifts the wheat from the chaff to bring you in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary minds in our culture.
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